BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The FOX6 WBRC Weather app now has new and improved features to help keep you and your family safe!
To help guide you through some of the features, Meteorologist Jill Gilardi filmed a short video on how to navigate through the app.
Steps to use the FOX6 WBRC Weather app
1. Visit the App Store and search WBRC Weather app and you'll see FOX6 WBRC StormWarn Center.
2. After downloading, the first thing to set up is your home location and you do that by going to the down arrow at the top of the screen. You can add multiple locations by touching the + sign. The home location is used for application start up and Push Notifications. The city you want alerts for, Set as Home.
3. Press the arrow at the top left of the screen. Take a second and swipe your finger from right to left to see the different products available. The choices are: map,daily forecast, hourly forecast, alerts, headlines, blog, video to view live stream and submit weather pictures and video. You can also access those by selecting the drop down menu at the top right of the screen.
4. While you are looking at the menu, go ahead and select settings. You can set the default start panel and turn on US NWS alerts and lightning alerts. Lightning alerts are only sent as a notification when you use current location set as your home location and that the location is within the station's broadcast area.
5. Arrow back and go to map. There is a lot that you can do with the map. Before we play with it, tap the bottom right corner of the screen which is the layers, overlays and alerts menu. You can select multiple overlays and alerts depending on what you are interested in seeing. For example, I'll select radar precipitation in layers. In overlays, I'll select storm tracks and lightning and for alerts I'll select tornado/severe thunderstorms, flood and other. Arrow back to now see the changes on the map.
6. You can zoom in and zoom out on the map by either pinching in two fingers or spreading them out. If there is lightning, you'll see bolts on the screen as an overlay. Storm tracks will pop up and if you tap on one, you'll see storm information such as speed, motion and strength. You can access warning info as well by tapping on a polygon.
7. That's a brief overview of how the app works. Remember, you can access the 7 day forecast, hourly forecast, a link to our live stream and blog posts.
You can download the app for free in the App Store or Google play.