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Poncho: Wake Up Weather is a weather app with a few fun twists. The app offers a report on local weather conditions, a five-day forecast, weather warnings, pollen counts and UV updates like most weather apps, but it also includes elements of social media and a pronounced sense of humor.
- Large, easy to read text and graphics
- Accurate and detailed local weather conditions
- Customizable weather warnings
- Daily sharable memes
- Fun extra features
Poncho: Wake Up Weather is a high-quality app that functions without a hitch. Users will be able to rely on it for the serious side of weather, like forecasts and warnings, and also will have loads of fun with sharable memes and a hair forecast. The app is easy to use and convenient, with options for notifications and shares. In the settings section, users can personalize the app’s notifications, their preferences for temperature and wind speed communication (F/C and mph/kph), and so forth. Developers included a handy search function if you want to check the weather in other places, as well as convenient share and support systems.
Although the app is not intended to be educational, it does link out, occasionally, to comics about climate change that are meant to be educational.
Poncho: Wake Up Weather is the first utilitarian weather app that I have seen with a sense of humor. At the very top of the screen, it offers a quick look at the local temperature and cloud conditions, with the predicted high and low temperature for the day. Next comes an amusing (and conveniently sharable) meme with a fun gif video. Scroll down just a little bit and you get the actual weather report, with an hour by hour forecast, humidity, dew point, and all the other details that weather geeks will love. There’s a five day forecast, too.
Beneath that is where things get fun. Poncho includes a daily horoscope feature with a bit of a bite-my horoscope today hinted that I might be more than a little bit confrontational! There’s also a “hair forecast” to give you a clue what your hair might do today. All in all, it’s fun to see what Poncho has in store when you check the weather each morning.
This app is a great value. It’s free on both the App Store and on Google Play, though Google Play does caution that it contains advertisements. It’s sure to put a smile on your face when you check the weather, so that alone makes it pretty valuable.
This app is relatively child-friendly as long as your kids have permission to use social media. It does link readily to social media sites, as well as “poncho.is” which offers options to chat with the Poncho bot on various platforms as well as messaging others, using stickers, and more. There are no parental protections or blocks available on these features, so parents should be cautious about allowing younger children to use the app unsupervised.
- NO in-app purchase
- YES Social Media links (unprotected)
- YES links to various chat platforms (unprotected)
Poncho: Wake Up Weather will add its own unique sense of fun to your weather-checking each day. Share fun memes with friends, grab your daily horoscope, and enjoy the Hair Forecast while getting your fix of real and accurate weather data for your area.