WxNotify has one main purpose, to notify its users of short-term severe weather, mainly severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Sure, you can get weather information from the TV, radio, or otherwise looking out the window. But what are you going to do when severe weather threatens while you're sleeping or when you aren't able to watch TV, listen to the radio, or constantly look outside? Some people have NOAA Weather Radios, which are great when severe weather happens while you are home. However, most people probably don't usually drag their weather radios around with them wherever they go, even if they're portable. Nearly everybody has a cell phone these days, and most people have them nearby both day and night, so using the cell phone for notification seems like a good fit.
WxNotify pulls information straight from the National Weather Service, (specifically the NOAA Weather Wire Service) so subscribers of the service usually get warnings seconds after the NWS issues them. This is crucial for possible life-threatening situations. In fact, many current subscribers say they frequently get alerted by WxNotify before their local sirens are even sounded.
A new WxNotify web site launched in the spring of 2017 that provides the following features:
- Fully reponsive site that works and looks great on any device.
- All new branding w/ social media pages for Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
- Custom user admin portal for managing personalized alerts and account information.
Once users register for an account and sign in, they can add their cell phone number, customize locations, when how they're notified, and types of weather alerts they would like to be notified for. The service can notify by SMS text message and e-mail, but most people find text messages sent to their cell phones the most useful. The service *only* send texts for the specified weather alerts and a single "test" text message every month. (unless they opt-out of monthly tests) Users can also choose to be notified by e-mail, but unless you constantly check your e-mail, this method may not allow enough of a warning for severe weather headed your way.