There are people who don't care about weather forecasts (like me), people who do care (probably the majority of you), and then there are people who want to know everything about the weather to the point that these images a) make sense and b) replace porn for them. If you belong to the latter category and haven't bought the pricey $9.99 PYKL3 Radar yet, I have some good news that may just help pull the trigger.

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The app is on sale for 50% off, making it $4.99. That's half of RadarScope's price too, which I would say is its primary competitor. After reading AndroidCentral's review of Radarscope a few weeks ago, I was surprised by how passionate many people were about advanced radar apps and how many of those people suggested PYLK3 as a better and more feature-rich alternative. I probably wouldn't have even thought twice to write about PYLK3 had I not seen those comments, but I'm glad I have. And those of you who will buy it right now are probably glad too.

And now for some data to read from the Play Store to help make that decision.

The description:

The FIRST and most advanced level 3 weather radar app for Android. You deserve nothing less!

We know Google Play only gives you 15 minutes to evaluate a program before a purchase. That's not nearly enough time to explore the many features and options of PYKL3Radar. So, purchase in confidence! If it does not meet your expectations, just write us back within 24 hours of your purchase and we'll get you refunded. That's how confident that we are that you will agree that PYKL3Radar is a VERY useful tool.

PYKL3 Radar (pronounced Pickle Radar) was the first and remains the leading level 3 radar viewer for Android for United States radar information. In addition, it is the only product to provide surface observation plots, satellite imagery, and virtually every National Weather Service text product wrapped with a highly customizable experience. Designed with storm chasers, spotters, and emergency management officials in mind, PYKL3 continues to push the limits of what is possible on Android by embracing the ideas of a very active user community. PYKL3 is the only Android viewer with customizable colors, including the radar color table. What's more, your location is constantly displayed right on top of the radar imagery. PYKL3 Radar is the application for having the critical weather data you need.

Radar data from every operational National Weather Service WSR-88D and FAA Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) site is delivered to your phone with products ranging from standard reflectivity to the newest dual-pol variables. Need more? Pull up the latest satellite imagery or warning products with the touch of your screen. With an optional subscription to AllisonHouse.com or CaprockWeather.com, add the display of graphical severe weather outlooks, convective watch boxes, local storm reports, storm tracks, and lightning.

Supported by a fantastic user community, PYKL3 Radar is brought to you by a developer with a passion for weather for serious users of radar data.

And some user reviews:

After talking with various storm chasers, I decided to go with PYKL3 over RadarScope. And I'm glad I did! PYKL3 gives me everything I need. The app is so customizable that you can tailor it to your needs, PYKL3 is just AWESOME!!

A great app with all the data an Emergency Manager would need to track severe storms and flooding. I only wish I had been running this app last year when the F3 Tornado came through my area near West Liberty Ky (March 2, 2012). Awesome program and awesome support staff. This company has the best customer service you will find anywhere. They reply to app help request is minutes - you can't beat that.

I've just entered the wonderful world of Android and after coming from iOS I was looking for an app that could rival radarscope. I've heard a lot of good about Pykl3 so I decided to give it a try and wow, it blows radarscope out of the water! The UI is great and very smooth. I'm very impressed with this app and how helpful the developer is.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • pwsfinest

    I tried to purchase this app. It shows as $4.99 in the play store, but when you go to checkout the price increased to $7.99! What gives?

    • Wayne Randall

      It's showing $7.99 straight up for me, not even a hint of $5.

    • PYKL3Radar

      Give it a few hours, it will be back to $4.99 as soon as the updated price propagates through Google's servers. Please see my post below.

  • Brian Duncan

    The data is for the US, so why even go through the headache, even if it is available in the Sweden Play Store?

    • PYKL3Radar

      There are a great many people who travel from Europe to the US for storm chasing vacations. Thus, why it is listed outside the USA.

      • SHeadius

        Seriously? Storm chasing Europeans?

        I feel like I woke from my nap and I'm in the Twilight Zone.

        • PYKL3Radar

          Absolutely! Most of them seem to be from Denmark, France, UK, and Germany, but there are several from other countries too. Some chase on their own...others sign up for storm chasing tours. Just Google search 'storm chasing tours" if you don't believe!

  • PYKL3Radar

    Hi Folks, this is the author of PYKL3 Radar. We didn't realize someone would post news about this marketing test, and had gone back to try 7.99 for a while. No wonder sales took off. Nevertheless, to give folks a chance to get this at the lower price today, we've lowered the price once again to $4.99. If you purchased at $7.99 and would like to obtain it at the lower price, email us at support@pykl3radar.com and we'll refund the purchase so you can grab it at the lower price point. The "sale" will therefore go through Sunday evening.

    Thanks for your support folks!
    Author, PYKL3Radar

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Fantastic. Thanks, Joe, you rock.

    • http://twitter.com/karlovranjes Karlo

      I bought the app but it only supports America only i tought its worldwide.

      Great app but no Europe(Croatia).


    • PYKL3Radar

      Due to overwhelming reponse, we may continue the sale another day or two. Grab it now why you can because it won't be $4.99 for long

  • PYKL3Radar

    One note...it takes Google Play's servers a couple of hours to update the price, so keep checking this evening if you still see $7.99.


  • PYKL3Radar

    A big thanks to the author, Artem of this article for mentioning this little known, but extremely powerful application. I encourage you to read the reviews of PYKL3Radar and make an informed decision. This application can be as complicated or as simple as one wishes as it is highly configurable (Note configuring the viewable layers with a long press of the layer button in the upper right). Whether you're watching an outdoor sporting event or doing some hard-core storm chasing, PYKL3Radar has what you need.
    Author, PYKL3Radar

  • SHeadius

    Fluctuating prices, euro storm chasers... somehow something seems fishy here.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      There is nothing fishy, just read Joe's comment that explains what happened. He's actually returning the 4.99 sale price and refunding the difference to those who bought at 7.99.

  • http://twitter.com/Pizentu Pizentu

    Back to $4.99 right now

  • David Hartman

    I already own the app for my phone. But for $4.99, I'm gonna buy it for my mom's phone, too. Best $10 I've spent on an app ever.

  • oesjmr

    Thanks for the heads-up on the sale! I was looking at this app a couple of weeks ago since so many people preferred it over RadarScope. I was just hoping for one or the other to go on sale some day! Thanks PYKL3!

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  • DrMacinyasha

    But.. I live in California and not in the Bay Area! We don't have weather here! All I'll ever see is a blank screen. How /terrible/!

  • Rob

    I think Joe (PYKL3Radar) should serve as a model of how other developers should interact with their customers. I don't think I've ever read a post from a developer quite like this. It shows that Joe and the PYKL3Radar team not only are aware of how their products are being viewed and responded to by the Android community, but they're also quick to make a pricing decision that supports further customer interaction and is favorable to sales growth even at a time when it sounds like the app gained unintentional attention via an unexpected blog post. Great job, Joe. :-)

    • PYKL3Radar

      Thank you Rob. Much appreciated. Sometimes, good things happen by accident!


  • Ebvad

    This is a fantastic app and is developed by an excellent team. I have owned Pykl3 for a couple of years now and the strides that Joe has made in this time is phenomenal. This is more of a tool than just a ordinary radar map and there is way more than you average user will ever use. It is nice to have the extra options if you want to do a little research and learn something. This is just how Joe runs, he has responded like this ever since I have been using Pykl3. Thanks, Joe.

    • PYKL3Radar

      Thank you Ebvad. I definitely spend a lot of effort in trying to keep PYKL3Radar supporters happy. It's the only way to compete!


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  • Joe – Author, PYKL3Radar

    I'd like to pass along that we've developed a more lightweight and simplified version of PYKL3 Radar for those who may not need all the bells and whistles, yet still provide what most general users need from a radar program. One may compare the two products at http://pykl3radar.com/versus.php PYKL3 Lite is now available on sale in Android Market for only $1.99. If you have any questions, just contact us at support@pykl3radar.com