As a reminder, the weather websites on my list have their respective app versions for both Android and iPhone. Coming down a bit gives you the satellite maps of your place; in my case, it is India.
The home page of the website ends with these two major sections that have loads of ads sandwiched between them. The ads are a major downside, but considering the few numbers of adverts present on sites these days, I won’t make a big issue.
Additional sections are the Maps, News, Video, Severe Weather, and More. When you visit the website, the current temperature of your location will be displayed under the site logo (in the top left corner).
You can change the country and temperature scale (Celsius or Fahrenheit) from the option in the top right corner. When you ask the obvious question: “What is the local weather around me?” the website helps you answer it with precision.
The site also displays the top weather news that is spread on the rest of the home page. There are more sections to explore, such as Sensor Network, Maps and Radar, Severe Weather, News and Blogs, Mobile Apps, and More.
There’s also a Live Radar section for you to look for all the places, trying to give the most accurate weather forecast. Furthermore, there are more sections such as the Hurricane Center, Today’s National Outlook, Allergies and Pollen, Videos, and more for added information apart from just weather.
The added section makes Weather bug one of the best weather websites and a reason to be on my list. It comes with animated maps with free weather radar, making it an obvious option on my list of best weather websites.
Additionally, there are options such as Reviewer (for rain forecasts taken from dedicated Reviewer service), Waves Height, Videos, Flight Radar, and Speed Test (for your internet speed), among many other options. With the animated map and temperature report of your location, the site gives you the weather forecast for other places, most likely to be the neighboring cities.
The site has other menu options such as API for developers, Activities, Map, World, Videos, and Holidays. The menu section has weather news, hurricane trackers, settings, and more options to choose from for ease of usage.
Apart from this, the site tells you about other factors such as rain and thunder, air quality, clouds, waves, and more, with all these options resting on the right-hand side of the website. Pretty much like the Windy weather site, Kentucky also has a live map in the background with various options on it.
However, it is visually-appealing, which compensates for the downside and is the reason why it found its place on this best weather radar website list. As a reminder, Google picks up the weather information from other websites, so you can choose whether you want to visit the site directly.
I hope my list of best weather websites helps you keep an eye on the ever-changing thing of nature called weather. There are numerous apps and websites available on the Internet to get accurate weather radar data.
The National Weather Service offers radar data free from its website and is relatively easy to use. The resolution of the imagery is a little grainy, and there’s no way to plot your position on the map, and its zooming capabilities are limited.
You’ll also need Flash installed on your computer to run the loops, which some may object to for security reasons. There is also no app available, as the News can’t compete with private services due to Federal law.
Cons Resolution is grainy No way to plot your position on the map Requires Flash player During the winter months, the app overlays precipitation type so you can spot where it’s raining and where it’s snowing.
Cons You have to pay for severe weather alerts and lightning data, which is available free with other apps While obviously, it’s a more general weather app, there are some great radar features that we think are worth mentioning.
If we had to pick a negative with this one, it’s that the app smooths radar imagery too much to make it look attractive on the screen. A few months back, The Weather Channel launched a fee-based feature called Premium Radar.
You can layer all kinds of things on top, from precipitation to cloud cover, and even browse through weather model data. It also might be a bit too complex for the average user to understand, so we’d recommend some other weather websites and apps if you’re looking for something easy to use.
While it doesn’t smooth the radar images to the degree The Weather Channel’s app does, it is still enough that it may cause some inaccuracy. The site has the most extensive collection of personal weather stations in the world, and this data is put on the map with the radar giving you a much more comprehensive picture of what’s going on at a particular location.
Pros Offers hyper local weather conditions Lots of information from its extensive PCs network Although it doesn’t have nearly the reputation it had a decade ago, Weathering is still around and still offering hyper local current weather conditions on its website thanks to its network of weather stations situated at homes, schools, television stations, and other locations throughout the world.
Stepping up to the Pro Tier 1 subscription for $9.99 per year gets you longer animations and lightning data (a must for outdoor enthusiasts), dual pane capability, and inspection tools. While the top end Tier 2 package adds in hail and shear contouring (the latter necessary for tornado formation), as well as multi-platform use and a 30-day radar archive.
Dark Sky is famous for its down to the minute weather forecast, which lets you know exactly what’s going to happen and when. The weather animations are seamless and polished, and while there’s a reasonable degree of smoothing (a feature we’d wish Apple would allow us to change) and the radar color scheme used is a little unusual, this is still a great all-around premium weather app.
Cons There’s a good deal of smoothing in the imagery Non-traditional radar color scheme that you can’t turn off If we didn’t include your favorite weather radar app, let us know in the comments below.
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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.