Best iPhone weather apps of all time

May 2, 2014
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You can find out just about anything you need to know about weather all over the world with the right iPhone app.

You can find out just about anything you need to know about weather all over the world with the right iPhone app. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 very best, to help you determine which will suit your needs.

Dark Sky ($3.99)

Get your hyperlocal forecasts from Dark Sky, which focuses on bringing users fast weather information that can predict changes as close to an hour out. The app taps into your device’s GPS capabilities to figure out exactly where you are, then brings you temperature and precipitation data that’s relevant to you at the moment. You can also see the paths of storms near you with the app’s radar animations.

The Weather Channel (Free)

A much more in-depth look at the weather, just about all the data you could need is available in The Weather Channel. You can get forecasts for the day, the hour or the week, and also help get more accurate weather information to others by reporting your weather conditions. You’ll find tons of data, like “feels like” temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed, humidity, sunset and sunrise times, and more.

Yahoo Weather (Free)

Grab your five-day, 10-day and hourly forecasts from Yahoo Weather and make all the plans you need with the weather data it provides. You can get interactive maps showing heat, snow and radar and satellite data, and the app also provides tons of other data about wind speed and direction, temperature and more. Yahoo Weather also provides data for up to 20 additional cities so you can see what’s happening in other places around the world as well.

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Fahrenheit ($0.99)

Get access to information about the temperature faster with Fahrenheit, which allows you to get a look at the weather from your iPhone’s Home screen. The app displays the temperature number on the app, so you can see how hot or cold it is without having to tap all the way through, and you can also activate notifications for temperature changes that appear in your notifications and on the lock screen. You also get full weather information within the app, like forecasts, humidity and barometric pressure, and more.

Weather Underground (Free)

Weather Underground works to bring you a more complete look at your weather by leveraging data from more than 30,000 personal weather station, creating a community powered weather reporting system. It also includes handy features like weather and radar maps, and provides Push notifications for things like severe weather reports. You can also get historical weather data to compare to current conditions.

WeatherBug (Free)

You’ll get lots of handy notifications from WeatherBug. The app specializes in providing users with info like severe weather warnings, dangerous thunderstorm alerts and lightning notifications, and more. You can also use WeatherBug to get hold of your standard short- and long-term forecasts, and check out feeds from more than 2,000 live weather cams.

Partly Cloudy ($1.99)

Get a look at the day’s weather in the infographic style with Partly Cloudy. The app presents you with a look at the day’s weather as displayed on a clock. You can see what the weather is likely to be like at different times of the day, and get an idea of what you might need to wear or bring with you. The app presents all its information so you can see and understand it almost instantly.

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Swackett (Free)

Swackett takes a different approach to delivering its users their weather information. Rather than focusing on numbers like temperature or chances of precipitation, Swackett presents its info in terms of what clothes you need to wear when you go out. You’ll also get a rundown of what activities the weather is suited to, like walking the dog or going for a run, so you can better plan your day. And of course, there’s also plenty of other, usual weather data on-hand as well.

AccuWeather (Free)

AccuWeather balances a quick and easy design that shows you up-to-the-minute conditions with tons of additional weather details. You can quickly glance at the app to get the information need to plan your day, or page through to see weather maps, lots of granular weather information, and more. You can also customize the app to show you what you want to know and leave off the weather data you don’t need.

Perfect Weather (Free)

Looking to strike a balance between being informative and being well-designed visually, Perfect Weather tries to provide users with all the weather information they need, and none they don’t. The app provides a seven-day forecast to help you plan, along with weather maps, hourly forecasts and temperature charts, as well as quick access to temperatures for multiple places and severe weather alerts.

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Phil Hornshaw

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