Higgins Weather App User Guide

Higgins Weather App User Guide

The following information is provided to enable the best user experience for the Higgins Weather App. We have tailored the app structure to cater for free users and our existing subscribers.
BUGS FIXED: Apple version 1.0.2 Google V29: Wind speed KM/HR live reading. Added wind gusts where location data supports gusts. Radar location marker loads faster. Subscriber login now keeps users logged in. 

When you first download and install our app you will be asked to allow notifications. These are used to send you weather forecasts and warnings. You can also turn these on under your device settings for Higgins Weather.

When you first download and install our app you will also be asked to allow your location while using the app. This location setting does NOT constantly track you through the app. It is only used when opening the app to send your location weather forecast. It can be used to pin mark your location on the weather radar only when you request it.. You can also turn these on in your device settings.

Once you scroll through our intro the app will automatically request your location then display your current weather observations and computer generated forecast. Information sourced from OpenWeather

Scroll down to reveal more forecast information. You can scroll across the computer generated chance of rain hourly forecast to 48hrs ahead. The member portal is where our fully detailed Higgins forecasts and maps are contained.

Click the pin marker in the top right corner of the app to open up weather forecast locations. Type in the search bar any City, Town or Suburb across the world and locate it in the search results. Click to add it and produce the weather observations and forecast.

Through this location pin you can search and add as many favourite locations as you wish or delete the ones you don’t want by swiping to the left and clicking delete. To fetch the weather observations and forecast simply click on one from your list.

Click the apps menu (3 bars in top left corner) and select members portal. Here is where existing subscribers can login using your email and password (same as the website) Free users can sign up HERE. Once subscribed on our website return to our app and login.

Once logged in the full members portal will be accessible with our Higgins detailed forecasts and maps. You can use the edit tab to position your favourites in order.  

On each members forecast page there is an alerts bell in the top right. Click to display alerts, click again to close.
Images and forecast maps on each page are zoomable. Double tap on the image to zoom in OR use pinch to zoom in and out. 

Free users or non logged in subscriber push notification options – the general alerts setting should be on. We highly  recommend turning on your state level alert. This is where severe forecasts, updates and warnings will be send to. Existing subscribers sign in down the bottom to access district level advanced alerts. Subscribers should turn on the district alert that you live in and maybe a few surrounding districts to receive to best available most frequent forecasts, updates and warnings.

Subscribers once you have logged in the QLD, NSW and Victoria tabs have a drop down to access district level advanced alerts. You can select multiple districts. These will be very important to have the district alert turned on for where you live as they will be our primary way that forecast alerts, warnings and updates are sent to you. EG: If a severe storm is impacting Toowoomba and is moving east towards Ipswich or Brisbane then a notification warning will be sent to the Darling Downs & Granite Belt + the South East Coast districts. Use our handy “know your district” guide links below…

The rain, hail and snow radar will open on the latest radar frame. It will then provide 1 hour ahead forecast radar loop once the play button is pressed. After the 1 hour forecast loop it will show the previous 2 hrs. You can pause the loop and use the arrows to go frame by frame back or forward. Radar sourced from Rainviewer

Click on the white arrow top right to mark your current location. Zoom in by using the + symbol or use your fingers on the device screen. Click on the colour legend to pop out intensity levels. The 3 bars in the top right has a setting for the radar loop speed. Base map from MapTiler

In the main menu you will also find our Higgins TV where the latest videos and photos are uploaded.
A news and extra forecast tab.
The Weather glossary page is great for education.
Weather News and Reports.
If you capture major weather video content on your phone please use the Share Weather Video tab to upload your content to us!
This user guide is also located in the main menu if you need to refer to it while using the app. 

Youtube Video user guide coming soon …