In 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…
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.