With wild weather across the country, particularly hurricanes threatening coastal states, it's a good idea to check the forecast or radar for upcoming conditions. Some also pull the predictions from services like AccuWeather, Dark Sky, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Some companies, like The Weather Channel, have their own predictive models, but many apps are just shells into which data flows. Second, and more importantly, to really determine the accuracy of the service's model, we'd have to perform exhaustive tests across the globe.
As it stands, we'll assume that if a company has invested the time and effort to create its own predictive models for something as complex as weather, then it probably knows more about meteorology than we do. Despite earlier conspiracies, the rollout of the 5G wireless network shouldn’t ruin these weather forecasts.
You can track hourly and weekly forecasts, view precipitation and radar maps, and study the sun and moon's positions. Text blurbs in the Discussion section offer additional context about upcoming weather patterns.
1Weather (for Android) Review Its new interface may be complex, but AccuWeather has seen major improvements thanks to a recent revision. The planning features are more comprehensive, as they use weather data to help you manage allergies, safely drive, or boost productivity.
Dark Sky is a weather app so good that Apple bought the company just to keep it exclusive to iOS starting August 1, 2021. Dark Sky (for iPhone) Review Flow pulls from a variety of local and global sources to give Android owners the most accurate forecasts possible.
Premium users can customize graphs, maps, and widgets to present this deep weather data however they like. This air quality app from Plume Labs offers real-time, local pollution information, a sadly vital service in our current climate.
Along with hourly and daily forecasts, the app gives you the info to stay safe from both raging hurricanes and deadly viruses. Community aspects are de-emphasized, data is no longer shared, and, based on anecdotes, the hyper-local predictions are less reliable.
If you ever lose your internet connection, the app just tells you the weather in Hell, which, in the long run, is probably the most useful information for most of us anyway. Get animated radar imagery, current conditions, and the latest forecast in seconds for as many locations as you choose.
Links directly to the Environment Canada mobile site, caches weather information, and stores your favorite locations for a quick and easy user experience. Now available in French thanks to the assistance of former translator O. Kevin (http://translatorsmusings.blogspot.ca/). The application is constantly improving, so please send any issues to email@example.com.
If you’ve ever looked for a good weather app, Dark Sky was probably on the list of recommendations. That’s well-deserved as the app was well-built on both Android and iOS with a clean design, great features, and excellent weather forecasts too.
To briefly go over what’s happened, on March 31 Dark Sky announced that it has joined Apple. It’s not confirmed, but it seems very likely that Apple has plans to use the team and tech from Dark Sky to bolster the iOS Weather app.
Dark Sky was always quick to support new Android features, followed design trends, and offered an ad-free, yearly subscription-supported experience. Plus, it was hard to beat the up-to-the-minute precipitation forecasts in Dark Sky and its decent Wear OS app too.
Dark Sky ends service in July, but the app has already disappeared from the Play Store. Essentially since the moment it was revealed Dark Sky was being killed off, I’ve been on the hunt for a proper replacement.
There are a lot of weather apps available on the Google Play Store, but many are poorly designed, full of ads, or lack features I loved from Dark Sky. If you want to replace Dark Sky, here are the best weather apps on Android that, in my opinion, fill that empty spot on your home screen.
Today’s clean UI shows current conditions right at the top with a ton of detail below. You’ll see an hourly forecast for the day as well as details on humidity, visibility, and the “feels like” temperature.
Scrolling down the single page the app also details a weekly forecast, the current chance of precipitation, air quality, pollen counts, sunrise/sunset times, the moon phase, current wind conditions, and the radar too. As mentioned, the “widgets” on the app ’s main screen can be turned off if you prefer, but users can also change units and the data source that Today Weather uses.
Presumably, Over drop will be switching its default provider once Dark Sky kicks the bucket for good, but there are no details on that just yet. The app defaults to using Dark Sky for data, but the developers have already confirmed they’ll be switching to another provider when the API dies off.
The app can send notifications for incoming weather, supports dark mode, and uses AccuWeather as its source for data. The lack of radar hurts it a fair bit, but the simple fact that it’s completely free and open source is a big win in my book.
In either case, you’ll get accurate weather with a nice UI that can even add a shortcut to your home screen. If you want data and don’t care what it looks like, Weather Underground (or “Underground”) is a solid option.
The app ’s interface is far from pretty, but it puts current conditions, radar, daily/hourly forecasts, air quality, and sunset/sunrise all on one page. There are “personality” settings for “Friendly,” “Snarky,” “Homicidal,” and “Overkill.” It’s a fun way to get details on the weather, but it’s not really for everyone with a pretty basic UI and a $3.99/year price to get rid of ads.
The app is free with ads, and watching a video can even unlock the usually $5/year premium license for 24 hours. Weather apps provide us with one of the most basic but essential tasks, giving us a forecast to plan out our days and weeks.
Depending on which weather app you choose to download, you may also get additional information like monthly forecasts, humidity levels and precipitation totals. However, any third-party weather app -- as in, those that don't come built-in to your phone -- poses a risk, since they operate using location data, and sometimes ask for permissions they don't actually need.
Bone of the top weather apps for both iOS and Android, The Weather Channel app offers local hourly, daily and weekly forecasts, as well as a “Feels like” feature to let you know what to prepare for when leaving the house. Owned by IBM, the app also offers real-time rain alerts with radar, and the ability to track seasonal allergies, flu risk and COVID-19 cases.
If you tap “more,” you'll find information on humidity, dew point, visibility, UV index and flu outbreaks. The app is free, but you can upgrade to a premium ad-free version for $20 per year or $4 per month, which also includes detailed visual forecasts up to 15 days out.
Keep scrolling and you'll see the different allergy levels (like tree, grass and ragweed pollen) broken down for the day. You can upgrade the app for a one-time $4 fee to remove ads and get an additional 10 days of forecasts.
A Pro Tier 2 subscription ($15 per month or $100 per year) will give you that as well, plus archived radar data from the past 30 days, tools that help you predict where there could be a tornado, hail size and probably information and local storm reports from the National Weather Service. In terms of privacy, Radarscope operates under the policy laid out by parent company Dan.
The company says it does not sell information to third parties -- which makes sense, since it's an app you pay for. It does use Google Analytics and Elodea web monitoring, as well as Droll for advertising, but you can opt out of all of them.
Dark Sky differentiates itself with an interactive world map feature that lets you zoom in and out of various countries, states and cities to track radar, forecasts and precipitation. Dark Sky is free on Android and $4 on iOS, but you can upgrade to premium for $3 per year to get down-to-the-minute forecasts, rain notifications, severe weather alerts and other custom notifications, and widgets for your home screen along with OS app and complications for your smartwatch.
When I opened the app again, it said, “Ah, spring -- that time of year when the weather finally gets nice again, but you still say inside playing video games.” You can change the app's “personality” in the settings, to friendly, snarky, homicidal or overkill (includes profanity), as well as its politics.