The freezing temperatures, the fading sunlight, the mountains of snow and ice and frustration; winter can overwhelm in January, once the holidays end and spring still feels so far away. Luckily, there's relief to be found right on your mobile device or tablet. Here are five apps designed to help you survive the winter with your sanity intact.
Suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder? There's an App for That.
The Happy Apps ($1.99)
Seasonal Affective Disorder, which for many has its onset in the fall and continues throughout winter, can have real physical affects on your body and your mood. While your mobile app store can't prescribe you a prescription or provide you with psychotherapy, this suite of apps can give you a handheld dose of light therapy.
Trapped in Your Car During a Blizzard?
Winter Survival Kit (Free)
Many throughout the country fell victim to the parade of blizzards and winter storms last year. In North Dakota, local software developers Bob Bertsch and Jake Joraanstad decided to turn those disasters into a key opportunity to help others. The free app Winter Survival Kit is available for both iPhones and Android smartphones. Among its features, the app can pinpoint a stranded motorist's location, call 911 and notify loved ones, and even monitor how long it will be before gas (and heat) runs out.
Want to Check Ski Conditions in Big Bear?
For some, snow is a headache, but for others it's a playground. While hundreds of apps for skiing and snowboarding conditions abound, Liftopia gains extra points for its simple interface, widespread accessibility, detailed reporting on conditions, and for offering deals on lift tickets, lessons, and equipment rentals.
Need to Wake Up Early to Clean Your Car?
Winter Wake Up (Free)
Though the reviews indicate that this app needs some work, no one is denying the beauty of its premise: synced to your local weather reports, the app alerts you to wake up early if there's snow on the ground and ice on your windshield, giving you more time to get your car clean before you leave the house.
Need Inspiration to Get Out of Town?
Fotopedia Heritage (Free)
Forget the yearly cruise with your Aunt Ida and start fantasizing about more exotic locales like Nepal and Bahrain. This renowned app provides the trip daydreamer with over 25,000 high-res photos of faraway lands as well as practical travel information and historical relevance. Stop browsing and start planning.