Mobile Mariner LLC has announced the official launch of the Mobile Mariner™ for the Blackberry® smartphone, which will provide NOAA marine weather forecasts, tide information and life weather conditions for the coastal United States, including the Great Lakes. More upcoming releases will expand the application to other smartphone platforms and cover more international areas.
Mobile Mariner is available by monthly subscription, with no long-term contract required. The monthly fee is $4.99, and a 7-day free trial version is available.
Hre’s a quick rundown on the feature set:
- Marine forecasts from the NOAA National Weather Service. A five day forecast is typically provided for each zone. You can select forecasts for all coastal United States and Great Lakes zones and continuously monitor up to 10 zones.
- Tide information for primary NOAA tide stations including predicted and observed tides. You can allow your smart phone to provide tide information based on your current location and you can also continuously monitor up to 10 stations. A simple click will provide a graph of tide data for the last 24 hours.
- Current weather conditions from the tide stations including wind speed, wind heading, gusts, air and water temperature, barometric pressure, and relative humidity, where available. The data is updated every 6 minutes. With a simple click, the last 24 hours of data is available in graph format.
The company’s current rollout schedule for other smartphones is:
iPhone (coming in March 2010)
Android (coming in May 2010)
Symbian (coming soon)
Palm (coming soon)
Windows Mobile (coming soon)
I especially like the inclusion of the live weather data. It’s a great reality check against the forecast (am I a master of the obvious, or what?). One quick note about your Blackberry — just make sure it has an SD memory card, which is required for the app.
Here’s a gallery of screen images provided by Mobile Mariner:
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