Au Weather General Info

Weather Stations

All stations are not created equally: Some have limited or no readings (temperature, wind speed, rainfall etc.), while others have limited or no forecasts. Stations are also updated at different intervals: some stations are updated every 30 minutes while others are updated hourly or daily by BOM.  It has also been observed that some station activity cease for extended periods.  If you’re unlucky enough to hit one of these, it is best to manually select a station that you can use for all you readings.

The approximate location of the current weather station can be viewed in the Maps application by selecting “Approximate Location” from the station detail screen menu.

NOTE

Due to the implementation of the Maps application the location may initially show your current location for some reason, just go back and select it again to zoom to the station location.

Au Weather Android FAQ

Can’t find paid version in Google Play Store

The paid version is not available for sale any more. That said, users that have it installed, will continue to receive updates when they’re released.

If you purchased the app previously, you can install it by opening the Google Play app, selecting My apps & games from the menu, then selecting the All tab. Scroll down until you find the Au Weather paid version and install it from there.

Note that you have to use the original purchasing Google account to install. If you want to purchase the app for a different account, that is not possible any more.

The free app will change in future to allow an in-app purchase to allow ad removal. If you have trouble installing, please contact support [at] tomfusion.com

Status bar temperature is white only

(Lollipop+ devices)

From Lollipop Google is not allowing colour in status bar icons. The best alternative it to display the white temperature icon against a coloured background, but only in the notification area.  This will be included in an upcoming update.  However, it seems it’s the end of coloured status bar temperature notifications 🙁

Side-note: On a Nexus 5 with the latest Marshmallow update, enabling “Android Wear notification” (In-App Preferences>Widget Preferences) colour seem to be restored to the status bar icon. O_o

Exclude a nearby station

Some stations are updated infrequentlty or may have become obsolete. In these cases when you still want to be able to use the “nearest station” (follow-me) option, you may want exclude these stations from being used (ie you want to see the second or even third etc. closest station’s weather instead).  To exclude a station from being used as nearest:

  • Long-press the station name on the Favourites list
  • Select the “Exclude as nearest” option from the pop-up menu
  • The station will be ignored as nearest from the next refresh

To include a previously  excluded station again as a nearest location:

  • Add the station to the Favourites list (manually)
  • Long-press the station name on the Favourites list
  • Select “Include as nearest station” option from the pop-up menu
  • The station will now be used again as a nearest station from the next refresh

“Use nearest” disappeared in latest release

The feature has not been removed, however the app now checks if the device’s location is enabled. This has been done to prevent the “Sydney shown as nearest location” issue (listed further down).

Au Weather relies on location to be enabled in order to support the nearest station (follow-me)  option.

Status bar notification missing on 4.3+

From Android 4.3 application notifications can be manually turned off.  If your device was upgraded from a previous Android version app notification may have been disabled by default. Even some new device may disable notifications by default upon installation. This means the status bar temperature will not be displayed.

To check if the app notifications are turned on:
1. Go to Android Settings>Apps and select Au Weather (Free)
2. Ensure that “Show notifications” (below the Force Stop button) is checked. If not, check it.
3. Open Au Weather and do a manual refresh – this should make the status bar notification display.

If the notification is still not being displaying – also check the Temperature is not displayed in the status bar question below.

Where’s my radar button, yo?!!

You will find the radar button by scrolling down on the detail (right-hand-side) of the station detail weather screen (pre version 2.0)

Version 2.0+: the radar button is listed on the details tab when icons are displayed or on the bottom toolbar on the details tab if the text details display preference is selected.

The Au Weather widget stopped working after updating to version 1.40+!

The 1.40 update requires that you remove any existing Au Weather widgets from the home screen and then add them again. Old widgets will just display “Loading…” after updating.  This is due to the update that now allows multiple location widgets to be added.

What is the difference between the paid and free versions of Au Weather?

  • The free version is ad supported and will display ads at the bottom of the screen (when the application is open).

NOTICE: The paid version was removed from Google Play (see Can’t find paid version… question above).  Existing paid version users will still be supported and receive updates for the foreseeable future.

Why is Sydney displayed when I select the “Use nearest” option?

Au Weather relies on the mobile location for the “use nearest” (follow-me) functionality to work.  If no location is available the last available location will be used.  If the app is run the first time without location enabled the may default to Sydney.

Should you enable location on your device, you may have to restart your device to ensure the location update takes effect if it was unchecked

How does the Au Weather widget updates work?

BOM weather station data is updated at different intervals, it may be every 30 minutes, hourly, daily etc. depending on the station.  The app widget can update the data at best every 30 minutes (it’s an Android widget restriction to save processing & battery life), which means the displayed data could potentially be almost an hour holder than the current BOM reading.  A theoretical example for a station that gets updated every hour: the widget updates at 10:59AM and gets the station reading from 10:00AM (the latest station reading), this means that the widget will display the reading from 10:00AM until 11:29AM before updating to the 11:00AM reading.  You can, however, manually update from within the app that any time to get the latest retrieved reading.  Also keep in mind that there is a lag between the actual reading, the time it gets updated on the BOM site, and the time the Au Weather server polls the data.

TL;DR: widgets may be an hour or so out of date depending on refresh cycle

Why do some stations not have forecast information?

The BOM forecast data used by Au Weather does not include forecast for all the 750+ observation stations.  Where no forecast exists for a station, the nearest forecast will be used if it is deemed close enough; else no forecast data is displayed.

The widget doesn’t update

This is usually an indication that the background service may have been killed.  Check the following:

  1. Check that you’re not running an automatic task killer application.
  2. Try to remove the widget and re-add it.  The widget drives the updates and it may have stopped working.
  3. Try setting the update interval to 60 minutes for a few hours to see if that works.  If it starts updating, then try setting the update frequency back to 30 minutes.
  4. The temperature is only displayed in the status bar when a widget is added to one of the home pages and the “Widget temperature in status bar” option is checked in the Widget Settings page.
  5. Also ensure the status bar temperature text is set to white (“Status bar text colour”) in the applications preferences: if your status bar is black (and vice versa).  The app default is black, so it won’t be visible on the Gingerbread black status bar by default (for example).

Temperature is not displayed in the status bar

  1. The temperature is only displayed in the status bar when a widget is added to one of the home pages and the “Widget temperature in status bar” option is checked in the Widget Settings page.
  2. Also ensure the status bar temperature text is set to white (“Status bar text colour”) in the applications preferences: if your status bar is black (and vice versa).  The app default is black, so it won’t be visible on the Gingerbread black status bar by default (for example).

Sometimes, late at night, the next day’s forecast disappears?

The forecast information is updated when BOM updates their forecast information.  It’s been observed that BOM’s forecast is updated anytime from 10PM onwards at night.  Once the update takes place the next day’s forecast will “disappear”.  In fact at that point the min/max values displayed will be those for the next day.

 Au Weather FCs (force close) on my Android when I use a custom ROM

Au Weather is not supported on custom ROMs.  You can send an email to support@tomfusion.com if you have a problem with a specific ROM, no promises though!

Can I have multiple widgets to monitor different locations?

Yes! However, you can only have one widget’s temperature displayed in the status bar.

Can the status bar temperature be displayed without adding a widget?

Currently no.  You must add at least one widget the get the temperature in the status bar.  This is due to the widget update cycle being used to update the status bar temperature.  The widget can be on any of the home pages i.e. you can put it on the far left/right home page out of the way if you do not want tit to clutter your main home page.

How do I get Sony Smartwatch 2 weather notifications?

To get weather notification going on the Sony SW2, you’ll need the following:

  • A Sony SmartWatch 2 (of course)
  • Sony Smart Connect app installed on your Bluetooth enabled device – this is the connection between your device and the SW2
  • One of these applications installed on your device:
    • Au Weather (1.83+) or
    • Au Weather Free (1.84+) or
    • All Weather (2.13+) installed
  • The Au Weather SWX SW2 extension installed (search & download from Google Play)
  • An Au Weather or All Weather widget added to any home screen and configured to display status bar notifications (temperature)
  • Ensure the SW2 is connected to the device (watch icon is displayed in status bar)
  • Open the SW2 app and select Au Weather SWX from the installed applications and check Activate to enable notifications

Notes

  • As with the widget status bar notifications, only one station can get notifications (if you want to have multiple stations monitored, you *could* install one of the other Au Weather apps and set up a widget for them)
  • Notification will not be sent more frequently than at 15 minute intervals ie if you manually refresh five minutes after the widget was updated you will see the status bar update but the SW2 will not get a notification another SW2 notification will only be sent after 15 minutes

Au Weather Version History

Au Weather (paid, ad free version)

Version 1.72

  • Pre Honeycomb crash fix

Version 1.71

  • Minor tweaks
  • Potential JB tablet multi-user fix

Version 1.70

  • Weather warnings (from details menu)
  • Jelly Bean Lock Widgets enabled
  • Sensor pressure display fix
  • Minor fixes

Version 1.69 LTC

  • Smaller single digit notification size (no, really)
  • Refresh on Action Bar
  • Potential FC fix

Version 1.68

  • Fix JB Tables swipe FC

Version 1.67

  • Delete default/nearest station from favourites functionality

Version 1.65 LTC

  • Swipe left/right between favourites
  • 4×1 widget tweaks
  • UV on 4×1 widget (where available)

Version 1.60.x LTC (Long Time Coming)

  • Start-up FC fix
  • JB 2×1 widget size fix
  • New 4×1 widget
  • Reduced single digit size
  • ICS style menu for Honeycomb upward
  • Favourites alphabetical
  • Pre Android 2.1 compatibility dropped

Version 1.59.9 ICU

Status bar temperature digit updates:

  • New digits (l/m/h/xh dpi)
  • Box option: white on black
  • Colour option: blue=cold; red=hot

Version 1.56

  • ICS Widget fix

Version 1.5

  • Oh hai new interface!

Version 1.41

  • Widget Settings screen fix for QVGA users.

Version 1.40

  • Multiple location widget support.
  • Default radar range setting.
  • Pressure sensor support.

IMPORTANT: Please remove and re-add any Au Weather wigdets.

Version 1.38

  • Various station updates.

Version 1.37

  • Temporary fix for battery drain issue introduced with latest Android 2.3.6.

Version 1.36

  • Add preferences to detail screen menu.

Version 1.35

  • Add favourite fix.

Version 1.33/4

  • Back button close from Details screen option (see Preferences) – mimics original behaviour
  • Service memory tweaks
  • Service only runs when title bar temperature is displayed via widget

Version 1.31/2

  • Fix forecast for selected stations
  • No connection icon on favourites screen

Version 1.30

  • Favourites list – long press item to view graph, radar or remove
  • Updated preferences
  • Show/hide station name on widget
  • Larger widget icon
  • UI & background tweaks

Version 1.25

  • Radar fixes for Gympie, QLD and Newcastle, NSW

Version 1.23 -1.24

  • Fix FC due to radar update on some devices.
  • Update to improve start-up after long periods of inactivity.
  • Tweak to resolve possible battery usage issue.

Version 1.22

  • Temperature/pressure graph (for the last 24, 48, 72 hours or 5 days) where available
  • Minor UI tweaks

Version 1.21

  • Fix menu FC on some Android 1.5 devices

Version 1.20

  • Radar functionality:
    – view nearest/current or select specific radar from menu
    – view 128/256/512km radar
  • Landscape layout added
  • Large screen support
  • Online help menu integration
  • Summary temperature decimal
  • Station names in capital case

Version 1.12

  • Last check time format fix
  • QVGA Android Market support
  • Transparent widget background added

Version 1.11

  • Update server change.
  • Last check time format fix.
  • Transparent widget background added (thanks Russell).
  • Added vibrate permission to prevent FC on some devices.

Version 1.10:

  • UV index (max, warning, location – where available)
  • Share weather (email, SMS etc.)
  • Last 24hr observations (where available)
  • Last check time
  • Minor tweaks

Version 1.02:

  • Menu FC fix on Legend
  • Moved temp to description in pull-down

Version 1.01:

  • Fix for Android 2.2.1 FC issue.
  • Allow app to open when no connection.

Version 1.00:

  • First paid release.
  • New weather icons.
  • Added text temperature to pull-down notification.
  • Layout and text fixes.

Au Weather Free (ad supported)

Version 1.61 LTC

  • Smaller single digit notification size (no, really)
  • Refresh on Action Bar
  • Minor cosmetic tweaks
  • Potential FC fix

Version 1.60 LTC (long time coming)

  • New 4×1 widget
  • UV on 4×1 widget (where available)
  • ICS style menu for Honeycomb upward
  • Favourites alphabetical
  • Swipe left/right between favourites
  • Can now remove default station
  • Reduced single digit notification size

Version 1.59.9 ICU (I see you)

Status bar temperature digit updates:

  • New digits (l/m/h/xh dpi)
  • Box option: white on black
  • Colour option: blue=cold; red=hot

V 1.50 o hai!

  • O hai new interface!
  • High contrast option
  • Random background FC fix
  • Display is not optimised for QVGA or tablet screens!

V 1.42

  • * ICS Lanscape FC fix

V 1.41

  • QVGA widget setting fix (time for a new phone?)

Version 1.40

  • Multiple location widgets: add widgets for more than one location.
  • Pressure sensor support.

Version 1.37

  • Various station updates.

Version 1.36

  • Temporary fix for battery drain issue introduced with latest Android 2.3.6.

Version 1.35

  • Add preferences to detail screen menu.

Version 1.34

  • Add favourite fix.

Version 1.32/3

  • Back button close from Details screen option (see Preferences) – mimics original behaviour
  • Service tweaks
  • Service only runs when title bar temperature is displayed via widget

Version 1.30/1

  • Favourites list – long press item to set default or remove
  • Updated preferences
  • Show/hide station name on widget
  • Larger widget icon
  • Selected station forecast fixes
  • UI & background tweaks

Version 1.25

  • Radar fixes for Gympie, QLD and Newcastle, NSW

Version 1.24

  • Fix FC due to radar update on some devices.
  • Update to improve start-up after long periods of inactivity.

Version 1.23

  • Temperature/pressure graph for last 24 (where available)
  • Minor UI tweaks
  • Ad updates

Version 1.22

  • Fix menu FC on some Android 1.5 devices

Version 1.20 – 1.21

  • Radar (current station)
  • Landscape layout support
  • Large screen support
  • Online help menu integration
  • Summary temperature decimal
  • Station names in capital case
  • Ad updates

Version 1.12

  • Last check time format fix
  • QVGA Android Market support
  • Transparent widget background added

Version 1.11

  • Added vibrate permission to prevent FC on some devices.

Version 1.10

  • UV index (max, warning, location – where available)
  • Updated icons
  • Share weather (email, SMS etc.)
  • Last 24hr observations (where available)
  • Last check time
  • Minor tweaks

Version 1.00

  • First official release
  • Paid version now available (see About menu)
  • Renamed to “Au Weather Free”
  • Minor tweaks
  • Minor layout updates
  • Updated menu icons
  • Android 2.2.1 FC fix (only some devices affected)

Version 0.96 -0.97:

  • Nearest location update to address issues experienced by some users.
  • Renamed to “Au Weather (Ads)” in preparation for paid version.
  • Moon icon size increased.
  • Android Market updates in line with new features introduced by Google.

Version 0.95:

  • revised summary screen with all the info on one screen (scroll details to view all)
  • select locations by state
  • select from nearest locations
  • GPS location removed (battery drain, inaccurate location when GPS off)
  • fit longer names on widget for example “ADELAIDE AIRPORT” will now fit on the widget
  • refresh button on summary screen

Version 0.94: fixed time & time zone change issues;

Version 0.93: removed active tracking;

Version 0.92 Beta: forecast icons; updated location tracking; widget backgrounds; sunrise/sunset times; time/time zone change checking;

Version 0.91 Beta: tap top of main screen to open station details; knots added to wind speed; cosmetic updates; symbol tweaks; AdMob ads;
Version 0.90 Beta: visual updates; view station approximate location in Maps; server update; leaner install;shorten widget station name if required;
Version 0.82 Beta: white status bar text option – for the HTC Sense, Galaxy etc. with black status bar.
Version 0.81 Beta: added update interval selection; fixed null display values on start; no data connection indication;performance tweaks;
Version 0.80 Beta: first release to the Android Market.

Au Weather Beta

Version 1.18 (11/10/2011)

  • Station updates
  • Ad update
  • Experimental device pressure sensor readings (devices with pressure sensors only like Motorola Xoom)

Version 1.17 (04/10/2011)

  • Multiple location widget support.
  • Fix for old forecasts being displayed when no new forecasts are available.
  • Removing any current widget and adding it again is recommended.

Version 1.16 (19/06/2011)

  • Fix FC on favourites list refresh.
  • Background tweaks.
  • Final feature set for V1.30 (free/pad)

Version 1.14 – 1.15 (11/06/2011)

  • Favourites list
  • Radar fixes (incl. Gympy,QLD; Newcastel,NSW)
  • Forecast issue fix for selected stations
  • Widget station name on/off option
  • Widget layout tweaks
  • Other background tweaks

Version 1.13

  • Station 24hr temp/pressure graph (were available)
  • Ad tweaks

Version 1.09 – 1.12

  • Ad updates
  • Radar tweaks
  • Landscape FC fix
  • Debug logging update
  • Minor tweaks
  • (Final feature set for v1.20 free/paid releases)

Version 1.08

  • Alternate radar implementation
  • Landscape support

Version 1.07:

  • Radar
  • On-line help menu integration
  • Last check time format fix
  • Station text title cased
  • Temperature decimal on summary screen

Version 1.06: unreleased version

Version 1.05:

  • UV Index update
  • Last 24 hour weather history tweak
  • (Final feature set for 1.1 updates)

Version 1.04:

  • Last 24 hour weather history

Version 1.03:

  • UV Index functionality added
  • Small screen support enabled
  • Alternate server
  • Last check day/time
  • Beta 1.02 UV update issue fix
  • Groundwork for future functionality

Version 1.01 – 1.02:

  • UV index tweak
  • Share current weather
  • Small (QVGA users Wildfire, please provide usability feedback)
  • Runs on alternate server

Version 1.0:

  • UV Index values for BOM supplied stations
  • Max UV value
  • UV info text (may include alert text)
  • UV Location (nearest available UV location is used if close enough)

Au Weather Help (V1.x)

Favourites Screen

The favourites screen is the default screen:

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  1. Tap Add Favourite to add a station to the list: select from Nearest, Nearby or by state.
  2. Favourites added will be displayed on the list. Tap a favourite to open the station details screen.
  3. Tap Refresh to refresh the favourite temperatures.
  4. Use the menu to set Preferences and access the online Help. On older devices this may be accessed via the device menu button.

Long-press a favourite to display the context menu:

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  • View radar* displays the station radar (where available)
  • View graph* displays the station temperature and pressure graph.
  • Set default makes the station the default station.
  • Remove deletes the station from the favourites list.

*only available in paid version

Station Details

Select a favourite from the favourites list displays the weather station details screen:

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  1. Station name and current weather description, temperatures and UV (where available).
  2. Detailed weather info (not all stations have all details).
  3. Scrolling up/down to see all station details may be necessary depending on screen size and amount of info. Radar button (where available) is located at the bottom of the details section:

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Click the Radar button to see radar for the current station.

  1. Forecast information depending on the station up to 5 days’ forecasts.  Scrolling up/down may be necessary to see all information depending on screen size and number of forecasts.
  2. To do a manual refresh tap the refresh icon.
  3. The menu links the following functionality:
    1. Favourites: opens the favourites screen.
    2. Radar: displays the nearest radar (free) or a list of radars to view (paid)
    3. Graph: displays the weather graph for the last 24 hours including temperature, apparent temperature and pressure.  In the paid version the time period can be changed from the to display the last 24, 48 or 72 hours or 5 days’ graph.
    4. Warnings: displays weather warnings issued by BOM for the current station’s state.
    5. Share Weather: share the current station’s weather.
    6. Table: displays the last 24 hours’ weather data for the station, including, temperature, dew point, pressure, humidity, rain and time measured.
    7. Approximate location: opens Maps to the approximate location of the weather station.
    8. Preferences: opens the app preferences screen.

Radar

The nearest radar loop for the currently selected station can be viewed by clicking the radar button from the detail screen (see above). The radar button is only displayed when a radar is within ~550km (~250km free version) of the currently displayed station.  Alternately radar can be viewed by selecting the radar option from the menu.  The free version will always show the 256km radar loop for the currently selected station.

The paid version allows for selecting 512km/256km/128km radar loops when the radar loop is displayed (from the menu).  The default radar range to use can be set under preferences in the paid version. You can also manually select by state and radar loop distance from the Radar menu on the detail screen.

Important: Note that all radar loops are not always available and are intermittently taken off-line by BOM.

Forecasts

Forecasts are displayed for the current weather station or the closest station with forecast information.  (Not all stations have forecast information available.) 

Widgets

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When adding an Au Weather widget to a home screen the Widget Settings screen is displayed.  The following options are available:

  • Station: select the water station’s data to display on the widget.
  • Widget text colour*: the colour to use on the widget.
  • Widget background*: select the background to use on the widget.
  • Widget temperature in status bar: select this option to display an ongoing notification in the status bar with the temperature.  This can only be set for one widget at a time. Note that the default temperature colour is black and my not be visible if the status bar is black/dark: this can be changed in the application preferences (see Preferences section).
  • Show station name: display the station name on the widget or not.

Note that multiple widgets for different stations can be added.

*only available for the 2×1 widget

Refreshing

The widget will update weather readings by default every 30 minutes. The update interval can be changed under Preferences (accessed from the favourites screen).  Weather readings can be manually updated by selecting the “Refresh” option from the menu or tapping the refresh button.

Preferences

Open the preferences screen from the favourites screen by selecting the preferences icon (next to the refresh icon) or by selecting it from the menu.  The following items can be configured:

  • Initial view:  The view displayed when the app is opened: either the favourites screen or open the default station detail (or widget station detail when the app is opened by tapping the home screen widget).
  • Back button closes app: Setting this will make the app close when the back button is pressed instead of going back the favourites from the station detail screen.
  • Update interval: Select the interval at which the weather should be checked. Note that if the widget is not used, weather will only be updated once you open the app.
  • Default Radar Range*: Allow you to set the default radar range to display when the radar is opened. Choose between 128, 256 or 512km.
  • High Contrast: Changes the in app text to white on black for better clarity.
  • Status bar text colour: The colour can be set to either black, white, box (white text on black background and colour (according to temperature range).  The default is black. If your device’s title bar is black you’ll need to set the status bar another colour option to see the temperature! The same goes for white temperature on a white title bar.

*paid version only

Weather Stations

All stations are not created equally: Some have limited or no readings (temperature, wind speed, rainfall etc.), while others have limited or no forecasts. Stations are also updated at different intervals: some stations are updated every 30 minutes while others are updated hourly or daily by BOM.  It has also been observed that some station activity cease for extended periods.  If you’re unlucky enough to hit one of these, it is best to manually select a station that you can use for all you readings.

The approximate location of the current weather station can be viewed in the Maps application by selecting “Approximate Location” from the station detail screen menu.

NOTE

Due to the implementation of the Maps application the location may initially show your current location for some reason, just go back and select it again to zoom to the station location.