The 10 best weather apps of 2013

By , Dec 8, 2013

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As 2013 inches closer to its last days, we take time to reflect on everything that we have experienced over the past year. With 365 days of apps and games to sift through, it is hard to figure out which ones are the best. Don’t worry, you are off the hook. We took care of it for you.

Take a look at our list of weather apps that the writers of iDownloadBlog consider the best of this year’s releases. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite one for the Best Apps of 2013 list…

Yahoo Weather

Yahoo Weather photo descriptionWhen Yahoo launched its weather app ahead of the iOS 7 release, the iOS world went wild for it. The beautiful design mixes stunning photography with minimalistic graphics and made this app more popular than Apple’s animated native weather app. You can bookmark cities to keep track of weather around the world, see an hourly prediction of the day’s temperature, and check out a 10-day forecast for future planning. This app is available for free.

Perfect Weather

Perfect WeatherThe app’s description says it all. Some weather apps are designed to look pretty, but don’t offer a lot of functionality. Some are overloaded with information and don’t make it easy to look at. This app combines a little of both categories to offer a comprehensive weather tracker, while maintaining the attractive simplicity we’ve come to love. View radar maps, check detailed current conditions, and access the temperature chart for hourly forecasts. This app is available for $2.99.

Weather Line

Weather LineNot everyone needs pretty pictures and simulated rain clouds in order to read the weather forecast. Sometimes, graphs and charts are better understood than illustrations of kids in hoodies and scarves. Weather Line takes the weather imagery out of the equation and replaces it with line graphs to give you a better understanding of the day’s changes. See temperature, condition, and precipitation on a single graph with a forecast from 36 hours up to 12 months. Check monthly rainfall averages for a particular region. Get severe weather warning reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This app is available for $2.99.

Today Weather

Today WeatherSure, you can just look outside to get an idea of whether it is cold, hot, snowing, or windy. However, most people leave the house for hours at a time, which means they may be walking out during heavy rain, but will be sweating by the time they go to lunch because of the sudden change in temperature (it happens in California all of the time). This app gives you a simple, but useful outlook on today’s weather forecast. Check for hyperlocal precipitation information, get hourly details on weather conditions, and prepare for your day with the “Today” section. This app is available for $1.99.

Shade

ShadeGoing back to what I mentioned above under Weather Line, some people prefer visually attractive weather apps with good illustrations and a minimalistic design. Shade fits right into that category with a clear overview of the day’s forecast, displayed with simple graphics and varying colors to represent the temperature. If it is hot, the screen will turn shades of red, orange and yellow. If it is cold, you’ll see blues, green, and purple. You can also see the changes in weather listed on a line graph. Tap the graph to get a look at more detailed information on weather conditions. This app is available for $1.99.

Nice Weather 2

Nice Weather 2Another example of an attractive, minimalist design with accurate weather information is Nice Weather 2. This app uses gradients and particle effects that are dependent on the weather conditions. The particles move across the screen, depending on the speed and direction of the wind. Using gesture-based controls, users can interact with the forecast. Slide your finger along the graph to watch the weather predictions evolve. Slide along the timetable to change days. Tap the thermometer, cloud, wind, or compass to change their values. This app is available for free.

Haze

HazeYou want to talk about a minimalistic weather app… this one is about as minimal as they get. You can easily see the current temperature just by opening the app. The screen is brightly colored with a hue that represents the temperature and the exact degree is displayed in the center. You can also see a five-day forecast, check out wind speed using the gyroscope, and navigate using motion. Background animations will show you the following day’s weather trends. This app is available for $2.99.

Weathertron

WeathertronThis is the perfect app for the no-frills business-minded user. You get a live and infograph of the entire day’s weather. You’ll be able to see hour-by-hour, what to expect in the day’s weather forecast, including clouds, rain, snow, and temperatures, all on one graph. See a seven-day forecast with visual reports and narrative summaries. Weathertron gets its data from 16 different weather data sources and statically aggregates them so you will have the most accurate weather conditions in your area. This app is available for $0.99.

Blue

BlueThis is another visually stunning minimalist app that looks great and does very little. That is a good thing for some people. Blue gives users a 36-hour forecast for their current location. Swipe upward to see the color gradient change based on the hourly change in weather conditions. Colors are based on temperature, humidity, and sunrise or sunset times for your current location. The temperature is automatically set to Fahrenheit or Celsius, depending on where you are at. This app is available for $0.99.

NOAA Weather Radar

NOAA RadarThe NOAA is the U.S. federal agency put in charge of predicting weather conditions across the nation. They use all of the resources at their disposal to predict and track weather conditions, storm activity, air quality, and more. This app lets you track storms, check weather predictions, and view radar and satellite maps that offer precise weather data. You can customize locations, see hourly forecasts, and see what the temperature feels like. This app is available for free.

What’s your favorite?

We are also taking a poll from our readers on the top apps in each category. Out of the 10 apps we presented today, please cast your vote on which one is the very best. The winning app will be included on a list of the top readers’ choice apps for 2013. Please take a moment to make your voice heard and tell us which weather app from the list above is your favorite.

 


Make sure to check out and vote for our other best apps of the year:

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  • Derek

    Yahoo Weather, in my opinion. Free but has pretty much everything you need.

    • Yujin

      True. They really did a great job this time. Since it came out I have not even used my other apps some of which are on this list.

    • Cameron Chao

      agreed, best pictures, stunning interface, pretty much every single information you need on the weather.

      • ticky13

        Except wind chill and head index.

      • Cameron Chao

        Feels like temperature is the same as wind chill

      • ticky13

        Which is something the Yahoo app doesn’t have.

      • Cameron Chao

        Sure does

      • Cameron Chao

        Here, it’s in Celsius btw.

  • GaugePrower

    DarkSky is my favorite, although it isn’t a “full featured” weather app, the precipitation forecasts and alerts this app gives have always been correct to the very minute. If it says snow at 6:24, it will snow at precisely 6:24. Fantastic

    • Cameron Chao

      that is just coincidence, no weather app can predict weather change to the exact minute.

      • GaugePrower

        I agree with your statement, I know it won’t be perfect 100% of the time. However, I will say that out of every weather application I’ve used, this has been by far the most accurate and fun to use when it comes to rain and snow.

  • Modest

    I don’t really care about the looks or price, but which one is most accurate out of all of them? Weather Line isn’t it? It takes everything from 18 sources and gives you the average I believe.

    What about other apps?

    • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

      its expensive

      • Modest

        As I said, I don’t care about the price. It can be 10$ as long as it shows me really accurate information.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        Does it have a push notification number for temperature?

      • Modest

        Don’t know actually. Don’t think so.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        Then it’s not worth 10$.

      • Modest

        What are you on about? Weather Line? It is $2.99.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        Then it’s not worth $2.99.

      • Modest

        Damn… As I said, I don’t care how much it costs. I just want to know which app is MOST ACCURATE with readings. Thats it.

  • Joey_Mousepad

    I’m shocked you didn’t include Check the Weather in this list in favor of something as useless as Blue

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    fahrenheitIs a good app too! Displays radar and by the hours. Plus displays temperature on push count

  • Osama Hamdy El-Sharnoby

    Weather live (Y)

  • Dan

    I actually like The Weather Network. I like to have the ‘real feel’

    • Cameron Chao

      i think you are talking about the ‘feels like’ or ‘wind chill’ temperature. Most weather app has that.

  • chumawumba

    What’s wrong with stock?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      There isn’t one (for the iPad)…

      • chumawumba

        Oh yeah, I always wondered why though.

      • @dongiuj

        And why there’s no stock calculator app. A little off topic but…

      • chumawumba

        We’ll there are plenty of decent calculator apps in the App Store.

      • @dongiuj

        And weather apps.

  • Hover

    I have to ask, maybe someone here will answer…why in the world do you need to know things like sun & moon, wind speed, data log graphs, atmospheric pressure if you’re just an ordinary working salary man/college kid or w/e…O_o

    • TeddyBearStand

      So true haha! Some people just like to have information.

  • I’ve got all the “best” radar apps, and Im still not satisfied yet. Each one gets something wrong. Still waiting for the one with perfect visualizations; colors; seamlessness, clarity, quick access to data

  • Christian Mejía

    Yahoo weather is the most know by far

  • I don’t get the hype around weather apps. Generally I don’t think one app (regardless of category) can serve everyone. But I do think devs spend far too much time focusing on simple weather apps that add little to no value to the space.

    • Andy

      I totally agree with you. Apps like Haze and Blue look nice, but the minimalistic approach really isn’t for me, I don’t want to guess what the weather is going to be like based on the color gradients or fancy background animations. For me, Yahoo Weather hits the perfect balance between usability and design. I mainly use weather apps to check what it’ll be like in the hours and days ahead. It’s not too minimalistic, yet not too cluttered either. I also quite like the default iOS 7 Weather app which is similarly designed.

  • Steven Code

    None radarscope is my jam

  • Casey H.

    If you want a professional radar app check out radarscope. The examples above are just about the iOS7 style, not much for the serious weather watcher.

  • NSA

    I like the weather app that comes with IOS 7 which similar to Yahoo weather

  • Joe Benning

    AccuWeather is the best free weather app IMO. Nice interface and normally no ads.

    • Tim K

      Agree! AccuWeather is the only one that has accurate “RealFeel” (R) wind chill values. The Yahoo Weather app’s wind chill values are always exactly the same as the ambient temperature!

  • I prefer LockInfo; gives me the local details right at my lockscreen…that’s more than enough local weather information, other locations, the stock Weather app in iOS 6 “beautifully” does the the job.

  • Craig Wayman

    Intellicast for iPad is awesome!

  • Jack Wong

    OMG, it is snowing in NY now, I am not going to work tomorrow.

  • Nick Dee

    eWeather HD is awesome

  • Kristaps

    Where are windows phone weather apps?

  • I rely on Accuweather.

  • Plistumichu

    I’m using Celcius as it shows the temperature on the badge in a clean way, so I don’t need to get into the app to get some basic information.

  • Bogdan Lacatusu

    What about Aero?

  • leart

    Accu weather

  • bn326160

    They are all so pretty! But nothing beats free of course. After all it’s just a weather app.

  • Milo

    It’s just weather. I dun see the need to pay for it.

  • RobertMahoney

    Weather bug Elite.

  • “Today Weather” is my favourite app. Overall, today is a very slick and powerful weather app. There are more comprehensive apps that provide satellite overviews and fly-by animations, but if you want to know what it’s like outside at this very moment or later in the day…this apps will help you out.

  • Yahoo weather is great app with great pictures. Easy to use and excellent alternative to the accurate weather. Love the pictures selection as well. Overall it’s a well done application that I wasn’t expecting coming from Yahoo. Great job to them!

  • You have collected very nice list of apps… according to me, Yahoo Weather is best!!

  • Yahoo Weather is one of the best weather app for iOS as well as Android.

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