Pocket Weather Australia
iPhone, iPad, Android
Weather can be crazy, so is our support.
General Questions
  1. Where does Pocket Weather's data come from?
  2. Which BOM station is being used for my location?
  3. What does the 'feels like' temperature actually mean?
  4. What do the weather terms actually mean?
  5. What do the numbers mean on the optional Radar Overlay?
  6. What is Delta T?
iOS Questions
  1. What are the basics of navigating Pocket Weather?
  2. How does Follow Me work?
  3. How do I rearrange or delete locations?
  4. How do I interpret the detailed graph?
Android Questions
  1. What are the basics of navigating Pocket Weather?
  2. How does Follow Me work?
  3. How do I rearrange or delete locations?
  4. How do I interpret the detailed graph?
  5. Where have the tides gone in version 4?
  6. Why do you need to ID my phone calls to tell me what the weather is?
General Answers
  1. Where does Pocket Weather's data come from?
    Pocket Weather sources 100% of its data from the Bureau of Meteorology.
  2. Which BOM station is being used for my location?
    Pocket Weather uses the most relevant forecast and observation stations to your location taking into account factors such as breadth of data, frequency of reporting, proximity to your location and relative elevation.
  3. What does the 'feels like' temperature actually mean?
    Feels like is roughly speaking an indication of what it would be like to walk around outside, in the shade. It's different to the current temperature because it takes into account things like the wind and humidity.

    Here is the more detailed explanation from the Bureau of Meteorology: "The apparent temperature (AT), invented in the late 1970s, was designed to measure thermal sensation in indoor conditions. It was extended in the early 1980s to include the effect of sun and wind. Only the modification due to wind is taken into account on this site. The AT index used by the Bureau is based on a mathematical model of an adult, walking outdoors, in the shade. The AT is defined as; the temperature, at the reference humidity level, producing the same amount of discomfort as that experienced under the current ambient temperature and humidity."
  4. What do the weather terms actually mean?
    Weather forecasts compress a lot of complex information into standardised, brief descriptions. If you're a Detailed Dorris and crave more information about the weather terms used in Pocket Weather, check out the Bureau of Meteorology's page on Weather Words here.
  5. What do the numbers mean on the optional Radar Overlay?

    - Green number : rainfall for that area in mm since 9am this morning
    - Red number: current temperature in celsius
    - Blue number: wind speed
    - Blue Arrow: wind direction
  6. What is Delta T?
    To quote the Bureau of Meteorology:
    Delta T is used by the agricultural industry. It is an important indicator for acceptable spraying conditions. It is indicative of evaporation rate and droplet lifetime.
    You can read the BOM's full description of Delta T here.
iOS Answers
  1. What are the basics of navigating Pocket Weather?
    Pocket Weather is designed to be as simple or detailed as you prefer. For each location, the app displays five cards: Radar, Today, This Week, Detailed Outlook and Tides. Each card displays summary information. For more detailed information on each card, swipe up.
  2. How does Follow Me work?
    The Follow Me feature utilises your device's Location Services to pinpoint your current location and update the app to report the weather where you are. To enable it, tap the + icon in the side menu bar and toggle Follow Me to the On position, then tap Done.
  3. How do I rearrange or delete locations?
    Tap the rearrange button in the bottom left of the side menu, then rearrange the locations by dragging them with the 3 horizontal bars that appear next to their names. If you're using Follow Me, that location will always be your top location and cannot be rearranged.

    You can delete locations by tapping the red delete icon.

  4. How do I interpret the detailed graph?
    The detailed weather graph brings together forecast and observation data, in real terms (red) and 'Feels Like' or apparent temperature (blue). The left side of the graph is the past, it shows you historical observation data. The right side of the graph is forecast data, what's likely to occur in the next few hours.
Android Answers
  1. What are the basics of navigating Pocket Weather?
    Pocket Weather is designed to be as simple or detailed as you prefer. For each location, the app displays four panels: Observations, Weekly Forecasts, Detailed Outlook, and Rain Radar. Each panel displays summary information. For more detailed information on each panel, tap it. We also feature tides which you can find more information on in this user guide.
  2. How does Follow Me work?
    The Follow Me feature utilises your device's Location services to pinpoint your current location and update the app to report the weather where you are. To enable it, tap the +Add Location in the side menu bar and toggle Follow Me to the On position, then tap the top left icon.
  3. How do I rearrange or delete locations?
    Tap the rearrange button in the bottom left of the side menu, then rearrange the locations by dragging them with the 3 horizontal bars that appear next to their names. If you're using Follow Me, that location will always be your top location and cannot be rearranged.

    You can delete locations by tapping the red delete icon.

  4. How do I interpret the detailed graph?
    The detailed weather graph brings together forecast and observation data, in real terms (red) and 'Feels Like' or apparent temperature (blue). The left side of the graph is the past, it shows you historical observation data. The right side of the graph is forecast data, what's likely to occur in the next few hours.
  5. Where have the tides gone in version 4?
    The tides have been promoted to be easier to find, and are now just like weather locations.

    To add your first tide location open the side menu, tap 'Add Location' then tap 'Add Tide Location'.
  6. Why do you need to ID my phone calls to tell me what the weather is?
    Because we're watching you. 

    Not really. We need your device ID to handle the push notifications we send you about weather conditions. It's a unique code that lets us know how you have the app configured so we can send you what you've asked for.