March 17,2017, 8:03:17PM,EDT
AccuWeather has announced the launch of its new virtual reality application, AccuWeather - Weather for Life, for Samsung Gear VR.
The app, which is being powered by Oculus, will provide revolutionary new ways to consume footage on extreme weather events as well as receive minute-by-minute forecast information.
The immersive technology will allow users to come face-to-face with some of nature’s most powerful storms from the comfort of their own homes.
A new assortment of videos will be added to the app weekly so the user experience can be refreshed to explore different types of weather phenomena. The immersive videos give AccuWeather viewers a unique perspective on weather events that can be both exciting and educational.
Some of the breathtaking footage of Mother Nature's fury includes the 2016 Wray, Colorado, tornado, which was captured in a 360-degree video by AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer.
AccuWeather also provides users with current conditions and daily and hourly forecasts including wind speed, dew point, wind direction, and precipitation, plus severe weather alerts and warnings, RealFeel® temperatures, and AccuWeather’s proprietary minute-by-minute precipitation forecast AccuWeather MinuteCast® for users’ exact locations.
Users can experience a number of dynamic weather conditions in real-time, experiencing an array of weather animations like stormy rain, snow, thunderstorms, and clouds, all which can be accessed either through a secret weather feature called WeatherScape or experienced in the daily forecasts.
AccuWeather-Weather for Life can be downloaded from the Oculus store here.
“AccuWeather is excited to partner with Samsung on the launch of the AccuWeather - Weather for Life app for Gear VR, bringing users the most accurate, most innovative weather forecasts and information available worldwide,” said Steven Smith, President of Digital Media at AccuWeather. “The app is interactive and easy for users to access immersive 360-degree video content and weather forecasts, all with the Superior Accuracy from AccuWeather they rely on, experiencing weather in revolutionary new ways.”