Introducing Weather Bug, so the Weather Can Never Bug You Again
August 2016. I was in the Negev region of Israel preparing for a day hike out in the ancient desert. The middle eastern sun was beating down hard that morning as I packed for the trek;
“Remember to pack sun cream…its gonna be a real scorcher”. I said to myself (yes I said it out loud…talking to myself is but one of many signs of madness I routinely display).
I packed my day bag with extra water, sun cream, I tied my bandana to fend of sun stoke and tightly fastened up my boots. I looked into the corner of the room at my waterproof kagool strewn across my bed and paused for a second pondering whether to throw it into my bag, just in case.
No I decide. The skies were blue, there wasn’t a cloud in sight and the heat was already coaxing beads of sweat from my pores. Plus I remembered what Aviv had said to me;
“It never rains here in Summer. If it does it is a miracle from God!”
Well guess what? Israel has been the land of miracles ever since Moses first parted the Red Sea in 2000BC.
Bless The Weather
As the (bullet proof) bus from Eilat towards the starting point of my hike hurtled along, I gazed through the (reinforced) windows and watched vapours congregate beyond the horizon, steadily massing themselves into a dense collective of thick black cloud. By the time I began the hike, the clouds were directly overhead. I desperately implored the Old Testament God, beseeching and praying that this cup might Passover me but it was not to be so. At around late noon the clouds burst over me shedding their watery load; with no shelter to be found this deep in the Ramon crater, and no rain coat, I got a good and proper dousing.
Thankfully within 30 minutes the storm had passed and within another 30 the returning sun had more or less dried me off. But it could have ended so much worse and served as a valuable lesson.
Apps have pretty much changed the way we do life. There are apps for dating, for driving and for shopping. In the travel sphere there are apps for maps, city guides and even apps to help you meet other travellers. So I guess it only makes sense that there should be an app for the weather right? Well my friends, the good news is that there is and it is called Weather Bug.
I get all the news I need on the weather report
WeatherBug, the best free weather app, is powered by the world’s largest network of professional weather stations. It provides the fastest weather alerts, real-time weather conditions, accurate hourly forecasts & 10-day forecasts. It also includes 18 weather maps including Doppler radar, satellite, lightning alerts, precipitation, local temperature, local pressure, local radar, wind chill, heat index, humid, wind, pollen, UV and much more!
Basically, you simply install the app onto your device and you have a live, up to date weather report at your fingertips.
Whatever methods the Bedouin shepherds were using to divine the weather on that strange day in the Negev seemed to work for them as they had rightly pitched their tents up and taken shelter. I on the other hand could have saved myself a soaking if only I had known about Weather Bug. When I return to Israel this New Year I will be sure to pack my rain coat, umbrella and also to have Weather bug installed onto my phone.