Get the Gist of the Storm Situation While in the Backcountry


StormGist is a lightweight and low bandwidth storm tracking app developed for usage in areas with a weak network signal. StormGist focuses on providing the essentials of storm tracking so that you can get the gist of the storm situation without the unnecessary features that require a better network connection.

By design there is no map or radar. While a map and radar can be nice to look at, they are not essential for understanding the location and severity of a storm and they consume extra bandwidth, which is a precious commodity in the backcountry. In order to make up for the lack of map, StormGist relies on your device’s compass sensor to display an arrow pointing towards each storm and an arrow indicating the heading of each storm.

StormGist is backed by the same powerful data as my main storm tracking app, StormEye. In fact, StormGist is built from most of the same code base as StormEye. Anyone familiar with StormEye should feel right at home with StormGist. StormGist’s main view is similar to that of StormEye’s slide out storm list.  StormGist provides the same essential storm tracking information as StormEye, such as each storm’s location relative to your location, where the storm is heading, estimated time of arrival (ETA) of the storm, the storm’s intensity, hail probabilities, and maximum hail size.

StormGist began as a stripped down version of StormEye that I created for use during my thru hike of the Colorado Trail. I knew that during the hike I would rarely have a good network connection. So, before I started the hike I quickly removed the non-essential features of StormEye and built it into a new app. StormEye List, as it was inelegantly named, served me well during my time on the Colorado Trail so I decided to clean it up, add some more features, and release it as StormGist. Hopefully other hikers or anyone else in a situation with a weak Internet connection will find some use for StormGist.