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  1. Sync for Apple Watch

    I love rain parrot, I’ve been using it on my iPhone for a couple of years now. Love it! I’ve just recently bought an Apple Watch and I’m having issues with syncing. It would be great if there was a sync button in the settings page. Also, would be great if the complications have an option to show ‘real feel’ temperature. Not sure if the complications show that already as I have not been able to sync Watch app yet.

    Cheers all!

    98 votes
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    Update: On the phone app, scroll to the radar page, then back to the ‘first’ page – each time this happens it will reset/resend the token.

    This means that there is a communication problem with the watch and the phone. There also appears to be an issue in iOS where it gets a bit ‘confused’ and will no longer sync any data to the watch. Note this only needs to be done once, then it is good to go until you get a new phone or watch.

    Try restarting the phone, or closing Rain Parrot using the task switcher.

    Also try opening the watch app before the app, and vice-versa. Note that you will need to fully close the app before it will try re-sync, which may mean restarting the phone.

    It’s a fiddly problem but it is resolved with a bit of playing around to get the phone to…

  2. 56 votes
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    The problem is that the radar is centred on the radar station, so by centring the map you will have to crop the radar – we can’t make up the data from no-where.

    By moving the map, we’ll just expose an area of the map that the radar does not cover. So to do that, we need to then zoom in, or use data from another radar. If we zoom in, you don’t get more data, it will just get more blurred, and if try to use another radar, then there is a likely possibility that there is not coverage.

  3. Apple Watch screens

    Last update removed two of the three Apple Watch screens, now can’t access radar and rainfall chart on the watch. Could you please fix? Otherwise a brilliant app.

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  4. Ability to change the alert to a ringtone

    I often miss the short alerts especially if my phone is not on me. Having a long alert like a ringtone would be fantastic and set this product apart from all other rain alarms. I need an alert that can wake me at night if I have my telescope setup.

    40 votes
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  5. 30 votes
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  6. Refresh in Apple Watch app

    It would be useful to be able to refresh the forecast from the watch with pull to refresh.

    29 votes
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  7. Show the time that it will rain

    This could be and option to display 'light rain at 2.33pm' rather than 'light rain in 44 minutes'.

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    I’m concerned with this behaviour as I have noticed it only serves to make the app seem more inaccurate – particularly when the storm is over 20 minutes away, as there can be several minutes of variation between each update. Using a relative time scale allows the app to fine tune the prediction without the penalty of being seen to be making such changes. Also having tested both I find a relative time scale more useful than the absolute time.

  8. Show rain direction on all radars

    Show the approximate approach direction and timing (like is shown on the 128km radar) on all radar distances

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  9. Add more radars

    I am in the Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba, the app is using Brisbane radar and saying I am too far from the radar for accurate predictions (It has rained and no notifications at all). There is no option for me to use the much closer Marburg radar.

    24 votes
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  10. Radar times (and predictions?)

    It would be good to have times going along with the radar images, as seems to be common with most apps. Just makes it easier to estimate how quick rain will arrive/pass on that screen as well.

    Also, the Weather Channel app has a radar prediction loop as well, which can be very useful.

    Yours is certainly the nicest animation of all the ones I’ve seen, so would be great to add a few common features.

    23 votes
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    The current design focuses on keeping the design clean and removing any information that is not required. The point of the radar page is that it is always up to date, and will let you know when the next image is arriving. The prediction page tells you when the rain is arriving.

  11. 17 votes
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  12. 17 votes
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  13. Show rainfall history

    Provide rainfall amounts for the past week

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  14. Zoom the map

    I have no idea if the radar is showing rain over my location or not. I can’t even tell where my exact location is on the map (it doesn’t show my suburb).
    Zoom in on the map to show details makes the information really relevant and useful. So far, I’m using the weatherzone radar map more than this one.

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  15. Nicer looking appealing widget

    A better more eye-appealing widget is necessary (Key word "Eye appealing")

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  16. Hourly temperatures in horizontal scroll

    Expand the current days temperature to be in hourly blocks rather than summarised over 3 hour intervals. It could even be included in the settings as a more detailed option for those that might prefer it

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    Unfortunately getting data this accurate is tricky, typically when you see this feature they may be using tricks like interpolation (averaging) between two 3 hour data points. I have been looking for a data source that can give this but it get both expensive and technical to implement.

  17. 10 votes
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  18. User-sourced local warnings

    Another page for local warnings.

    If you experience a particular "event" then you can log it in your area by choosing from a pre-determined list (eg. Flash flood, fog, hail, power outage etc.) - if a certain number of users in the same area report the same event, it then pops up on the local warnings page.

    The events should also be time stamped, so we can see how long ago it was reported.

    Perhaps there could be follow-up notifications on the hour to users that submitted a report, where they confirm whether or not the event is still taking…

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  19. 48hr forecast icons are difficult to see

    +Make the 48hr forecast panel larger or clickable to show more details like a percentage likely hood of rain and at what time the rain should occur per hour or 2hr. Also show wind speed, wind direction, temperature etc. It's convenient to plan the day around this info.

    7 votes
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  20. 6 votes
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