There are hundreds of apps available for weather observation. With so many to choose from and with most of them being so inexpensive, you would think it would be easy to select one. But every app still takes some of your time to download and set up, and has to be worth it.
Weather is pretty universal, so many of these apps cover the same territory, and much of it comes down to ease of use and personal satisfaction. Out of the huge collection available for iOS or Android, we offer our own top six list. Each of them has a special feature that makes it special to us.
1weather by OneLouder: Well established and tested, this app receives constant high ratings from users. It offers daily and hourly forecasts for 12 cities. Our reason for choosing: detailed radar maps. Watching precipitation come at you on a radar is much more fun than animated rain icons. Free basic version. $0.99 removes the ads.
Accuweather offers detailed hourly, daily, and 15-day forecasts for 3 million locations and also offers radar. It provides excellent alerts service for severe weather like thunderstorms, high winds,and tornadoes. Our reason for choosing: the RealFeel index (which is like wind chill or humidex). It tells you what the weather actually feels like. Free basic version. $2.99 removes the ads.
Dark Sky is definitely our favorite out of any group. For a while the app was known as Forecast.io. Its best feature is its highly accurate predictions of weather changes by the minute. The paid version offers home screen widgets and push weather digests. A two-week free trial is available. iOS users looking for a smile might want to hook up with Carrot Weather (iOS: $3.99), which takes Forecast.io data and adds some humor to it.
NOAA Weather Radar and Alerts: This app makes the list because of its “extended range.” Nice weather is nice to look at on an app, but serious weather needs to have attention paid to it. NOAA is the authorityto turn to when you really need to know about what is going on, especially fast-moving, severe weather as this is most important ever for a number of reasons.
WeatherBughas been around for a long time, and is now available for both platforms. The predictions are localized through GPS. The best features in our opinion: live cams and powerful social media connectivity, and of course, lightning proximity alerts. Whether you need Oceanside weather forecast or need to know if it going to rain tomorrow at your farm, WeatherBughas should be your go-to app for those kind of things.
Weather Underground: Crowdsourced weather information comes from a network of thousands of amateur weather stations to deliver truly local weather forecasts. A powerful set of overlay features allows you to customize your view.
Ultimately, it is up to each person to decide what works best for you and your device. Look for an app that offers a free trial (even if you have to put up with ads), and check around for reviews from more than one source. If you have the patience try three at a time, and see which one you gravitate to.