My day job has me herding Macs, Windows PCs, a few Chromebooks, and far too many iPads and lesser tablets in a private school in Chicago. That means yours truly becomes a gatekeeper for apps, a test manager for apps, and the go-to person when things break.
Sometimes it works the other way around and a student, staff member, or someone on the faculty brings an app to me, either to get an opinion or to show off a good find. Here’s one of the latter. It’s an app called Living Earth and it runs on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
I can imagine what it must be like to become Dr. Who’s companion and travel about the universe with no limitations on location or time. Hover the T.A.R.D.I.S. a few thousand miles above planet earth and look out the front door to see the weather in real time. Or, if the Doctor refuses to answer letters or email, add Living Earth and get a similar– slightly less exciting– perspective on weather and time.
What’s not to like?
How is that not cool?
Living Earth is almost live data. The clouds are near real time and use satellite cloud data where available. That means you can view global cloud patterns, tropical storms, hurricanes, and get weather data for nearly any location on good old planet earth.
The world clock and extended forecasts works for many thousands of cities around the world, and pops up data for 2-hour to 10-day forecasts, sunrise and sunset time, and notifications. Living Earth does not stop on earth. You’ll also get accurate representations of the Milky Way, various stars and constellations, and all pretty much where they should be.
Don’t believe in climate change and global warming?
There’s a lot going on here and Living Earth fits into one of my new requirements for apps– Mac, iPhone, and iPad versions. Plus, whatever cities you select and set up to view will be synchronized between your devices. The iPhone version is also the iPad version. Weather data comes from Weather Underground, which happens to be the weather app I use to chase down Chicago’s constantly changing weather, which, interestingly enough, doesn’t change often from bad to good; it’s more of a bad to worse, or worse back to bad kinda thing here.