Are you up to your eyeballs in snow, sleet, rock salt, and scarves? Yep, it's winter all right, something my Ottawa neighbours and I know all too well. Even though this year's season got off to a late start, Mother Nature is making up for lost time.
There really are apps for everything, and you better believe I was keen to find some that help me survive winter in style. And, at the very least, playing with your phone is a fun alternative to all the shoveling! Have we left any of your favourite apps of the list? Let us know!
Wunderground: You've heard of underground clubs and music scenes.... now it's time for underground meteorology! This app is based on amateur meteorologists' weather stations and is great for getting real, on the ground, in the moment weather reports. It's also hooked up to web cams, so you can actually see the weather conditions in specific parts of town.
World Radar (by NOAA): If you're serious about your weather science or just want to see if you have enough time to run to the store before the storm hits, this is the app for you. It uses real time radar data to track storms and precipitation. It would be great for a road trip so you can track weather conditions during your drive.
Touch Plow: The premise behind this app is simple - you use it to order one time driveway plowing. It's perfect for anyone who can handle the shoveling most of the time but just needs occasional (and great if you're helping out elderly family members in another city). The app had a few hiccups along the way, mostly due to it growing faster than expected, but it's a solid platform and idea and soon you might even be able to place an order for someone to come shovel your path and steps. Definitely one to keep an eye on.
Survival Guide. This is one app I hope you never have to use but it's great to have, just in case. One of the best things about it is that is interesting enough to read even if you're in a non-emergency situation and that it contains information for all emergency conditions, from cold weather to deserts to the tropics.
Hitlist: Just in case your survival strategy is to cut and run! This is a cool travel app that helps you find the cheapest fares for flights and lets you know if you really are getting a good deal. They rank all prices as being "good", "great", or "spectacular". I love that the prices are in Canadian dollars, that they include all taxes, and that it's for round trips.
PS: Check out Vanessa's appearance on CTV Ottawa Morning Live where she chats about the apps!
Vanessa Chiasson is the founder and senior digital strategist of Sculpt Social.