Popular weather app adds update showing chances you’ll survive next heat wave – but you’ll have to pay $20 for it
- Carrot Weather app released an update that can help you know if you are likely to survive the next heat wavegolf
- The new update includes several features including wet bulb temperature
- The WBGT measures heat stress in direct sunlight based on multiple factors
- A WBGT value between 88 and 89.9 says ‘all athletes should be under constant observation and supervision’
- This is a premium feature that costs $4.99 per month or $19.99 per year
A popular weather app known for its snarky and sarcastic humor has released an update that can help you know if you’re likely to survive the next heat wave.
Carrot Weather, a free app available for both iOS and Android, has released its version 5.3 update that includes a number of features, including the Wet-Bulb Temperature (WBGT).
“Add the wet bulb temperature as a data point to the main app, Apple Watch or Home Screen widget,” developer Brian Mueller wrote in the update description. “Great for determining people’s chances of survival during extreme heat.”
The WBGT feature is part of the premium plan, which costs $4.99 per month or $19.99 per year.
Carrot Weather, a free app available for both iOS and Android, has released its version 5.3 update which includes a number of features including wet bulb temperature
The Wet-Bulb Global Temperature measures heat stress in direct sunlight, based on temperature, humidity, wind speed, solar angle and cloud cover (solar radiation)
There are other tiers of the app, going up to $9.99 per month, that unlock additional features.
According to the National Weather Service, the Wet-Bulb Global Temperature (WBGT) ‘is a measure of heat stress in direct sunlight, which is based on temperature, humidity, wind speed, solar angle and cloud cover (solar radiation). That differs from the heat index, which is only based on temperature and humidity and is calculated for shady places.’
A WBGT value between 88 and 89.9 says ‘all athletes should be under constant observation and supervision’
A reading of less than 80 suggests that athletes can perform “unlimited activity with primary alerts for new or unconditioned athletes or extreme exertion.”
A value between 80 and 84.9 is considered “normal practice for athletes” and unconditioned or new athletes should be closely monitored.
A WBGT between 85 and 87.9 states that ‘new and unconditioned athletes should exercise less intensively and adjust clothing’.
A reading between 88 and 89.9 says ‘all athletes should be under constant observation and supervision’, with pads and equipment removed and frequent/mandatory rest/water breaks instituted.
On Thursday, a wide swath of the southeastern U.S. had WBGT readings of 82 and above, including a reading of 88 in Clinton, Georgia.
In addition to adding the WBGT, Carrot has added smart layouts that allow users to automatically switch to different interfaces depending on whether it’s raining or night.
Other updates to Carrot Weather include allowing users to film their own 30-second weather reports
Other updates include allowing users to film their own 30-second weather reports that can be shared with friends, screenshots, air quality data, and more.
Earlier this month, the Pacific Northwest was hit by a historic heat wave, with some areas reaching 121 degrees Fahrenheit when a “heat dome” of static hot air at high pressure trapped heat in one location, caused by climate change.
The blistering temperatures were caused by a heat dome of high-pressure static hot air that traps heat in one location
Last week, officials warned residents of western US states to brace themselves for another heat wave, the fourth in five weeks, to affect some 16 million people with triple-digit temperatures.
Temperatures are expected to reach 106 degrees in parts of Montana and the central and northern parts of the Rockies.