Yes, your smartphone may probably have a built-in weather detector, but sometimes, it just isn’t really enough, especially if your work or your schedule really depends on having the most accurate and detailed information. One of the most popular Android apps in this category is WeatherBug and now the latest update to the app brings a new look and a UI refresh, a home energy meter that will help you manage your energy use, and several other new widgets to make your weather experience better.

The new WeatherBug has better swipe and scroll navigations so you can easily go through the content it offers, like the current weather conditions, forecast, and severe weather alerts. The content display has been refreshed and so have the dynamic backgrounds that change depending upon the actual weather outside of where you are. The accuracy of the 10-day weather forecasts for over 2.6 million locations has also been improved with ENcast, their advanced weather forecasting system.

Meanwhile, the new WeatherBug Home Energy Meter lets you see how the weather conditions affect how you use your HVAC system. It can even project your monthly costs, energy use, and even your carbon footprint as you virtually adjust your thermostat temperature bar, depending on whether it’s too hot or too cold outside. If you’re a little obsessed with lightning, there’s a new widget called Spark which turns your smartphone into a lightning detector by giving you alerts for your location.

Of course one of the more important new features to this update is the Advanced Weather Alert which will keep you informed about severe weather conditions, not just in your area but in all locations that are important to you. This includes the Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts. All information comes from the National Weather Service watches and warnings. Check if your WeatherBug app update is ready through its Google Play Store page.

SOURCE: WeatherBug