The best weather apps for the iPhone

By , May 28, 2013

yahoo weather ssIn California, which is where I live, we don’t get many changes in our weather conditions. Northern California summers reach just above 100 during the hottest days of August and right around 50 degrees during the coldest months in January. There are no tornadoes, hurricanes, or blizzards in my town, but for some reason, I Love weather apps. Maybe it is because I don’t experience extreme weather conditions, but want to see what they look like from above.

If you are a weather watcher because you are preparing for the upcoming storm, or just like to see those red swirly radar signals moving around on a map, we have a handful of apps that we think are the best weather apps for iPhone…

The Weather Channel IconThe Weather Channel

Of course, the best app for tracking current weather conditions is the one from the company best known for reporting accurate weather. This app lets you track conditions within 15 minutes of the current day. You can view a 10-day forecast with daily highs and lows and precipitation predictions. The sunrise and sunset is listed for the current day’s information, as well as, wind conditions, pollen count, and emergency weather alerts. You can track storms on the radar map, which shows hourly changes in clouds, temperature, rainfall, snowfall, and UV index. You can manually add multiple locations and save them to your favorite location list for quick referencing. This app is available for free.

NOAA Radar IconNOAA Hi-Def Radar

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers the most comprehensive radar for tracking weather conditions around the world. This app uses NOAA map tracking to bring you real time high-definition weather conditions with full animations, including snowfall, lightning strikes, and more. You can layer various maps for additional information, including cloud coverage, recent wildfires, storm tracking, and droughts. You can bookmark places on the map using your contacts to see what the conditions are like in you family’s area. You can even read up on weather forums from the National Weather Service office. This app is available for $0.99.

Living Earth IconLiving Earth – Clock & Weather

If you are looking for a go-to app for your weather and clock needs, Living Earth will give you a real treat. Not only can you get a quick glimpse of the current weather conditions, but you can also see what time it is and take a virtual globe for a spin. There is also an alarm clock feature that lets you set your time and even add your own music as a wake up call. You can add as many alarms as you like and schedule them for multiple days of the week. If you find yourself interested in what the world looks like from space, swipe across the globe to see it spin around. The app also includes radar layers so you can see cloud coverage and current temperature and humidity conditions. This app is available for $2.99.

Yahoo Weather IconYahoo! Weather

Yahoo only recently launched their first weather app and it wowed the tech world. This simple information app offers a quick glance at the current temperature, plus a five-day forecast and details about the current conditions, like cloud coverage, storm predictions, and hourly changes. Instead of stock photos of clouds and wind-blown trees, this app generates pictures that were taken right in your town from Flickr users. The best part is that Yahoo! Weather automatically updates weather conditions based on your current location. Information is so location-based that it changes from city to city, even when they are only a few miles from each other. This app is available for free.

Weather Underground IconWeather Underground

The developers of this weather tracking service utilizes information from nearly 26,000 localized weather stations that constantly report the most accurate conditions for the area. You can view information like wind speed, humidity, dew point, moon phases, and more. Check hourly conditions that are updated regularly, see radar layers on a localized map, and share your weather information to Twitter. The seven-day forecast includes daily summaries with sunrise and sunset times. Add snow and ski reports, read weather commentary from Dr. Masters, and listen to weather updates from the National Weather Service Radio. This app is available for free.

Weather Doodle IconWeather Doodle

For something with a little flare, check out this art-based weather app. Using a construction paper cut-and-paste style design, users can see current weather conditions, check wind speed, humidity, and more. View the five-day forecast with temperature and storm predictions. Add new locations and check the time for each city. The best part of this app is that you can change the art style. With $0.99 in-app purchases, you can add five different art packs, including a Halloween theme and a Christmas theme. Once you’ve added a couple of different themes, you can set them to randomly change with each view of the day’s weather for a fun and artistic weather check. This app is available for free.

Swackett IconSwackett

If you are less concerned with NOAA weather reports and just want to know if you should grab a coat before heading outside, Swackett is the perfect app for you. This trendy artsy weather service tells you the temperature, weather conditions, and what to wear. That’s right, Swackett’s Peeps are dressed for the out of doors and will tell you what you should be wearing for the day’s activities. Peeps will be decked out in blue jeans and hoodies, loose blouses with belts and leggings, and leather jackets with scarves. No matter what the temperature, these fashionistas will tell you how to dress. The app comes with Classic Peeps and Modern Peeps with UV index, dog walking conditions, and more. You can also purchase the 1950s Peeps and Undergrad Peeps for even more fashion advice. This app is available for free.

Solar Weather IconSolar: Weather

For its classy, simple design, this app wins the good-looking weather app award. It offers a basic temperature reading for the day without being too complicated. The unique touch-based controls let you see the temperature expectations in your location in minute-by-minute increments. Drag your finger vertically across the screen to see the temperature changes over a 24-hour period. You can also view a three-day forecast by “pulling down” on the screen. Share your weather conditions through Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. You can add other locations by swiping to the right, and see all of your listed locations on one screen by zooming out. This app is available for free.

Weather Neue IconWeather Neue

Of course, if you are the type of person who doesn’t want any bells and whistles, this app is more up your alley. You won’t be able to see any weather trends or storm predictions. The only thing you get is the temperature, a symbol of the current conditions (for example, cloudy, raining, sunny, etc.), precipitation, wind speed, and a three-day forecast. You can’t even add other locations in this minimalistic weather app. It is perfect for the on-the-go weather watcher who just wants to see how hot it is outside without all of the busy images that other weather apps have. This app is available for free. 

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  • James Heck III

    One glaring omission is Dark Sky which is very good at doing one thing – predicting the likelihood of precipitation within the next hour.

  • Nsyris2

    Another big omission is Haze.

  • Ian Jackson

    I use WeatherBug elite because it has a built in lightning detector and UI is wonderful. I keep TWC and Yahoo on the second page just in case I wanna check those. Weatherbug can be very pessimistic on their weather readings but has never really been wrong for me.

  • Casey H.

    Don’t forget RadarScope. It’s more of a professional app though at $10.

  • Scott Curry

    Another big omission is ‘your window’

    Ok, maybe that’s a bit much, but as pretty as the apps are, I’ve found I hardly EVER use them. I’m in Cali, and I pretty much know the trend given the month of the year. Knowing specific temps hasn’t really helped me at all.

  • QuarterSwede

    Don’t forget the awesome web app ones by the Dark Sky devs, and Lines. They’re fantastic.

  • Fermín Osorio

    I bought Haze, but I have to say that Solar is pretty much better than haze, a lot.

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    I’ve tried many Weather Apps but I have to say, Haze and Weatherbug Elite are both excellent and both not on the list. The only one I do use is Yahoo Weather, which, I have replaced the Weather App with.

  • David VandenHeuvel

    RadarScope is THE Weather Radar App — Ask Jim Cantore

  • mav3rick

    Left out is eWeather HD- the most complete information on weather :hourly prediction, atmospheric pressure / temp. history, animated radar, etc. all great layered out.

  • Doug Yahn

    Agreed, eWeather HD for the weather geek in all of us. Simply the best when it come to weather info.

  • MrElectrifyer

    I’d rather just stick to the stock weather app + weathericon; beautiful and informative enough…

  • TomND

    Said it before and I’ll say it again, for Australian users you can’t go past Pocket Weather AU for accuracy, funtionality and pretty design.

  • Ying Zheng

    What about Weathercube? I like it…

  • SrTapir

    I was a avid user of WeatherPro, lots of information and one of the first to be available some time ago.

    Now, I use the “Google Now” weather feature, it’s great predicting the weather, far more accurate in my region than for example “Yahoo weather”.. it’s quite intriguing..

  • RobbieCFF

    All these are terrible.

    WeatherPro is the best and so is MeteoEarth.

  • Gorgonphone

    stock weather app is best

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