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How to: Blizzard Proof Your iPhone

How to: Blizzard Proof Your iPhone
Courtney Boyd Myers
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Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

The Northeast is about to get 14-20″ of the white fluffy stuff and 60mph winds. As I race home south on the Merrit Parkway in Connecticut, preparing to hop on a train to New York City I’ve put together a lovely guide for you to turn your iPhone into your best blizzard buddy.

Best snow related apps for the iPhone

Since the iPhone’s pre-installed Weather app may as well be made up of smiley faces, I recommend downloading these useful weather apps for the iPhone to help you plan for today’s Post-Christmas storm.


Accuweather and Weather.com are the two most popular weather apps, but after years of personal use Accuweather is slightly more accurate. Plus the app just got a sweet aesthetic update on December 18th. The current app includes 15-day local forecasts, 15 hours of hourly forecasts, forecast videos and can store up to 15 locations. What the app says: For Brooklyn today: Blizzard this afternoon! Download it here. (Free)

The Snow Report by The North Face

One of the most trusted brands in snow gear, The North Face made an app called “The Snow Report” which provides a simple data set in one of the prettiest looking interfaces I’ve ever seen. The app provides a single download of all local trail maps, so download them once and you’ll have them whenever you want. Data such as map directions, resort sites and full weather details from NOAA all open external applications. Basically, the app provides simple coverage with a pleasing aesthetic, just like their jackets. Download it here. (Free)

Happy Hours

If you’d prefer the pub to hanging at home with your sweetie and ordering a bottle of wine, finding the nearest Happy Hour spot may be just what the doctor ordered for your post-Christmas comedown. Download it here. (Free)

Best Cases to waterproof your iPhone


The DryCASE is a vacuum-sealed, flexible, clear waterproof bag that provides complete use of your phone, tablet, MP3 player or camera while keeping it dry and clean. The DryCASE by Dry Corp has been named a Top 25 finalist in the “Last Gadget Standing” competition at  this year’s CES. The DryCASE also inclues a headphone jack so you can listen to music as you shred the gnar gnar. The DryCASE is 4.25 inches wide and 6.5 inches long and will fit almost any phone, camera or MP3 player. A larger iPad, Kindle and PC tablet version is also available. Buy here. (US $39.99) The company is offering 20% off orders right now, use coupon code: ‘DRY2010’.

The H2O Audio Amphibx Armband and Waterproof Earbuds

If you are super active, this waterproof iPhone armband case will protect your phone in any snowball fight. You can also use it for swimming laps in the pool. It’s lightweight and comfortable and allows you to easily operate the device through the case. Buy it here. (US $64.15) Check out their waterproof earbuds too. (US $36.19)

Don’t feel like going outside? *lame* Have a snowball fight with your friends on Facebook.

Know any other cool ways to use your iPhone in a blizzard? Let me know!

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