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Earth Alerts

CNET Editors' review

We've used plenty of weather-watching programs, but none quite like Earth Alerts from South Wind Technologies. This disaster-watching program monitors online information related to severe, extreme, and violent weather and natural disasters in near real time, notifies you about alerts and updates, displays satellite data and imagery, and even lets you view the event in images and video.

Earth Alerts has an attractive, colorful display that is quite easy to get started with. We first added our own location by clicking New Location and entering our ZIP code in the Search tool. Earth Alerts populated the relevant information fields automatically and displayed our location in the Locations box on the left-hand navigation and control panel. This panel offers three basic configurable overviews--Global, United States, and our locality--and several categories of events for regular monitoring: earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones (hurricanes), volcanoes, landslides, wildland fires, and severe weather. We clicked Update Now, and the program fetched the latest bulletins about a tsunami in Indonesia, a volcano in Russia, an update on Mt. Kilauea in Hawaii, two cyclone alerts, an NOAA tornado watch in Georgia, and other events, most of which also displayed maps and radar, and even opened a view in Google Earth when we clicked the buttons atop the main view. There were five earthquake alerts for our locality, all of them related to tremors 416 miles away, the nearest activity. We selected a volcano alert, clicked Images, and were rewarded with pictures of the volcano site. The automatic update, Google Earth launcher, and sound and e-mail notification settings were all clearly explained and easy to configure.

We're impressed by Earth Alerts and its ability to deliver useful, up-to-the-minute data and images of a wide range of global phenomena. It's easy to add any place on Earth to its Locations to monitor, and there's plenty to see and do with it, even when all's quiet on the weather front.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the better weather monitoring software packages"

    January 17, 2014  |   By davejyd

    Version: Earth Alerts 2013.2.28

    Pros

    Earth Alerts allows you to monitor multiple areas by zip code, city, county, etc. But, unlike other weather monitors that also do this, Earth Alerts is the only one I have found that will sound an alert for All monitored sites. It will not only monitor severe weather, but also earthquakes, hurricanes, fires - basically anything "natural". Starts with my PC, opens to an icon, sounds alerts - all in all a pretty versatile program to have

    Cons

    It does have a slightly difficult user interface, and, if not careful you can undo all of your settings by clicking on the wrong selection. It sometimes will not look up by zip code. It also updates multiple times (sometimes 2-3 times in a week) - however the updates are all free, and do keep the software running smoothly.

    Summary

    All in all a pretty versatile software, especially if you need to monitor weather in multiple areas - great for home and business, and is always free. They also have a Google Earth version in preliminary beta - would like to see that working fully (imagine - LIVE weather on your screen!)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I WILL NOT RUN IT BECAUSE OF MALWARE!!!"

    July 17, 2013  |   By Stan002

    Version: Earth Alerts 2013.1.148

    Pros

    I WILL NOT RUN IT BECAUSE OF MALWARE!!!

    Cons

    LOTS OF MALWARE WITH THIS DOWNLOAD. DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrific application"

    June 24, 2013  |   By   

    Version: Earth Alerts 2013.1.142

    Pros

    * Absolutely none

    Cons

    * Horrible--and I mean a truly horrible and idiotic--interface
    * Error messages generated by the .NET compiler abound
    * Forces you to download alerts for the entire planet
    * Leaves garbage behind after "uninstall"

    Summary

    A horror show; the worst application I've encountered in years.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very, very good for traveler."

    February 2, 2013  |   By kriddle1

    Version: Earth Alerts 2013.1.14

    Pros

    Gives timely information for locations all over the world.

    Cons

    No "cons" to report.

    Summary

    Highly recommended for people who travel far and often.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "IT's Great and I use it on all of my Windows PC's."

    January 17, 2013  |   By hokester

    Version: Earth Alerts 2013.1.12

    Pros

    Keeps me up to date on what is happening here close and around the World.

    Cons

    Slow on start up.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I cancelled it"

    December 25, 2012  |   By g-fon

    Version: Earth Alerts 2012.1.174

    Pros

    only good for world conditions or big city

    Cons

    Does nothing for the area I live and gives no info, no need for this when there are others that are more usefull

    Summary

    no need

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not Bad program BUT............"

    December 23, 2012  |   By Terry-Dawe

    Version: Earth Alerts 2012.1.174

    Pros

    It's nice to check the weather map and see what is happening around the rest of the world.

    Cons

    I would have given this five stars if it didn't try to sneak in a bunch of other programs on install. I know this is how they get compensated but give us fair warning! IT WAS HORRIBLE! IF YOU ARE INSTALLING FOR THE FIRST TIME BEWARE OF ALL THE "EXTRAS" THEY TRY AND PUSH ON YOU!

    Summary

    This is a nifty program that gives you your local weather and you can even program weather areas for where your family and friends live. The HUGE downside is as what I have stated. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME. I would rather donate $5.00-$10.00 then go through all that crap during installation.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Annoying & Invasive"

    December 12, 2012  |   By BenMacIT

    Version: Earth Alerts 2012.1.158

    Pros

    Not many as I try to kill it as soon as it starts (almost Impossible)

    Cons

    A most annoying program that is hard to kill off. There is nowhere that you can instruct the program not to load. Obviously the programmer thinks his program is the most important program anyone could possibly want! Such conceit! It doesn't even highlight the fires which are threatening property and homes where I live or around it within 1000 miles. Totally useless!

    Summary

    I am an Emergency Services Worker in Fire, and I have several programs which are far more important than this crap. But they don't try to take over my computer as this one does.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DOES NOT WORK"

    December 2, 2012  |   By kc0zvr

    Version: Earth Alerts 2012.1.130

    Pros

    it's neat looking

    Cons

    it doesn't update, when you miniminize it you can not bring it back to fullscreen and it won't update.

    Summary

    Wait for updates, this looks like a VERY good program, but right now it's not a good one. Wait for a few updates and try it again'

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Very invasive to home computer."

    November 3, 2012  |   By prstevens

    Version: Earth Alerts 2012.1.82

    Pros

    Good to fair interface.

    Cons

    Installed toolbars and invasive cookies not mentioned in the install program. Slowed down all browsers by 27% average. Deleted and uninstalled 8 hours after first run. I work from home on my computer and cannot afford to let my customers daa be endangered by a program like this.

    Summary

    As above.

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