Best weather app 2014

The weather may be getting crazier each year, but the apps that tell us about conditions, both local and across the globe, are getting more reliable. With the update to iOS 8 just a few short months ago, we’ve seen an influx of weather related services that we are glad to add to our Home screen (and Lock screen too).

We rounded up what we think are the best weather apps to have released in 2014. Then, we voted on which ones we liked the best. The winner and runner-ups are listed below; along with the weather app we think takes the cake for all-time.

The best Weather app of 2014

Clima

clima-review

In case you hadn’t noticed, around here, we like the minimalistic, color coordinated look when it comes to our weather apps. This one has it in spades. The day’s temperature is displayed in big, bold lettering with the hourly and daily forecasts easy to reach by swiping to the right or left. If you flip your iPhone into landscape mode, you will see even more hours and days, up to 11 hours ahead and eight days out. You can also have precipitation notifications sent to you at specific times of the day. So, if you are headed home, you’ll know whether to bring your stashed umbrella or not. This app is available for $0.99.

The runner ups

Forecast+

Forecast+

One of my personal favorite additions to iOS 8 is the Notification Center widget. Forecast+ exemplifies that new feature by setting up a simple view for weather conditions right in your Today view. The current temperature is boldly displayed at the top with a few-word summary (like, “Sunny and Warm”) underneath. To the right is the current precipitation and humidity. Below is a five-day forecast of upcoming weather condition with highs, lows, and chance of rain. If you don’t like the way the information is displayed, you can switch to Compact View instead to take up less screen space. This app is available for $0.99.

Weather or Not

Weather or Not iPhone

Whenever I go out in the winter, I’m always conflicted as to how I should dress or whether I should bring extra warm clothes. This app works perfect for giving you an idea of what the weather will be like during specific events you plan to attend. It connects to your Calendar app and shows you what to expect for meetings, dinner, and whatever else you have planned for the day. Schedule weather alerts to get notifications before heading out to that picnic to let you know if you should bring a jacket or switch to Tevas. The app also features a Notification Center widget so you can see all of your appointments, and the expected forecast right on your Lock screen. This app is available for $2.99.

Weather Widget

Weather Widget

If the most important thing for you to see on your Lock screen is the weather, this app is going to make you very happy. It comes with four different widgets so you can keep close watch on daily, hourly and worldwide conditions. The worldwide widget lets you choose specific places and allows you to switch to different temperature units. You can include detailed information for humidity, precipitation, dew point, and more. The hourly forecast shows exact weather predictions covering the next 12 hours. The five-day forecast will give you an idea of what the rest of the week will look like. You can adjust each widget to customize your Today view and see exactly what you want. This app is available for $0.99.

The best Weather app ever

Dark Sky

Dar Sky iPhone 6 Plus

Sometimes, you just need to quickly glance at your iPhone to see when to expect rainfall during the next hour so you will know whether you can take the dog for a walk soon or if you should wait until a bit later. This app will take the weather predictions right down to the minute so you know how long that walk will be. If you are out and about and the clouds suddenly roll in, you can have an alert sent to you before it starts raining in your exact location. The Notification Center widget fills you in on the next hour’s weather conditions, right from the Lock screen. This app is available for $3.99.

What is your favorite weather app to come out in 2014? Let us know in the comments below.

The best apps of the year:

  • stulaw01

    Poor selection of apps IMO. Most of these are widgets, and all have very basic temp/precipitation. None of these would make my list or even in the top 10.

  • Matt

    Personally and this just might be me, but I definitely feel like “Dark Sky” was not worth the $4. I opened it once and that was it. I was disappointed of how it looked, which many may favor because of it “less is more” look, but let me tell in this case “less is literally less!” Despite it being “less” it’s so confusing with all the swiping and tapping you have to do yet not finding the information. Thatt being said, Weather Underground is IMO the best weather app. It’s very feature filled, gives me weather warning for my area, and has a great widget for the NC.

    • Jim

      How did you remove the nc center separators?

      • Matt

        The tweak is called: noNCheader
        You can get it from this repo:
        apt . steverolfe . com
        🙂

      • Jim

        Predicate that Matt

    • I have always loved Weather Underground but it’s Notification Center Widgets barely ever work and are ugly as sin.

  • If you’re jailbroken and just looking for at-a-glance information Forecast is all you need:

    • Frizzle

      Hey what tweak did you use to get those apps on the bottom of your lock screen?

    • Jason

      I was wondering what will happen to the left bottom corner when Apple default continuity icon shows up?

      • Nothing will happen as far as I know (it disables continuity from the lockscreen). You can still access continuity from the AppSwitcher though…

    • jolehp

      How to set time and date to the left side? 🙂

      • Settings –> Forecast –> Show Weather –> With Clock

  • Cody Rose

    Perfect time with this article. I was about to look for a new one since the Yahoo Weathe app became a steaming bag of turds. Thanks for this.

    • chepeloni

      true. now it comes packed with ads.

    • slamfest

      I get no ads in yahoo weather.

  • GuyWithTheThings

    Yahoo Weather?

  • Smeltn

    man you guys completely left off what my opinion is a top 3 for sure and that’s Beweather 2

    It has fantastic notification center information and is customizable so you don’t have to have a ton of info if you don’t want to and the app itself is fantastic

    • Troy Schuler

      Totally agree. This app was completely overlooked. The app is very powerful. Allows the user to choose which weather station they want to use and tons of information.

    • Byron C Mayes

      And BeWeather uses Dark Sky information, to boot!

  • Faisal

    Could we add multiple cities in Forecast+ widget?

  • Ian Leon

    I really appreciate that you guys always let us know which is the best app ever, regardless of when it came out.

  • @dongiuj

    And if you’re in Japan “weathernews” is better than all of the above.

  • Jason

    Forecast+ sucks, it never updates, and the app is still not optimized for iphone 6/ 6 plus

  • Raph Ael

    Forecast from Cydia…
    The best wheather lock screen tweak ever.

    • Carrie logo?

      • Raph Ael

        Heart Beat Logo

  • Linton Findlay

    Climendo us pretty good too. I smell advertising money to advertise their mates apps

  • 9to5Slavery

    Minutecast is mine right now. Accuweather is glitchy. Even the paid version. I’m going to go with beweather

  • 9to5Slavery

    Can someone design a tweak to show if rain/snow will start in 90minutes in the status bar? And when it will stop?

  • BeWeather 2. I deleted all my weather apps once this one came out.

  • Endem

    Will anyone ever release a great weather app for iPad?