I’ve just released a new, free storm tracking app called StormGist! I actually began working on StormGist about a year ago before I started my thru hike of the Colorado Trail. A crude version of StormGist accompanied me on the Colorado Trail and served me quite well. StormGist is basically a simplified version of StormEye which was designed and coded with weak Internet connections in mind. I like to think of StormGist as the backcountry version of StormEye. StormGist lets you get the gist of the storm situation while in the backcountry where the connection to the Internet can be very slow and unreliable.
Across 871 storm data downloads during development, the average time it took for StormGist to download and display storm data was 1.01 seconds. Most of these tests were on Wi-Fi; however, that number still shows StormGist’s ability to quickly fetch and display storm data. And when you are on a hiking trail, driving through the mountains, or anywhere else with a weak network connection you’ll definitely notice the speed improvement over other storm tracking apps, including StormEye which has to download radar and map images.
I’m particular proud of the icon that I created for StormGist. It is the same cloud as StormEye with a hiker walking up a signal strength indicator with 1 bar. The icon perfectly captures the purpose of StormGist!