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Whatever the weather, we have the best weather apps for you to download on the App Store.
A recent article in The independent revealed that British people spend more than four months of their lives talking about the weather.
“Woo-ee, it’s really coming down.” We’ve all said it, gesturing outside to tennis ball-sized hail pounding the asphalt.
It should come as no surprise that the weather is the unsung conversation piece of choice for quick exchanges with strangers and awkward situations, where we reach for something to move the conversation forward.
There is no doubt that weather dictates our lives, but with these impressive and intuitive weather apps for iPhone, we can stay updated.
Weather Channel App: Free and Functional
The Weather Channel app is for the storm chaser, outdoor runner, concerned parent with children abroad or overseas, allergy sufferer, and news guzzler.
Essentially, the Weather Channel app is the hub for all weather For example, it displays the current temperature with a feels like gage for days when the thirty degree Fahrenheit reading will feel more like minus thirty due to wind chill.
It also includes hourly and daily projections, and how long these major weather events (rain, snow, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.) will be in effect.
Scroll down and you’ll see stats for wind, humidity, dew point, pressure, UV index, and sunrise/sunset. For the runner or allergy sufferer, a health and activities subheading indicates whether the weather is currently good enough for running and whether there is a potential allergy threat in the area.
Scroll on and you’ll find another subheading with detailed outdoor conditions.
Chill index is especially important for the dog walker or runner. If your hands and knuckles are cracked and dry, take a look at the dry skin index to confirm if it is indeed one very great concern.
For those living in polluted areas, this app serves as a useful indicator of current air quality. If you live in Los Angeles and pollution levels are severe, consider jogging outside for an indoor workout next to your trusty air purifier.
For parents with children who live out of state or abroad, keep track of all your loved ones by adding their current residence to favourites.
Gone are the days when your love language scraped your son’s windshield before he slid into high school. Now empty nesters can take similar measures by opening The Weather Channel app and texting Jimmy, “Looks like that hurricane is going to hit you guys in a few days. Got your hurricane shutters closed?”
The app also includes a live radar and map. To preview the projections when exactly that storm will strike where you are, click the Play button to see the storm move by the hour.
In addition, the app offers the option to send important weather alerts to your phone. You can choose which alerts you want to be notified about.
To enable these alerts:
- Open the Weather Channel app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap the Alert Bell icon in the top right corner
- Select To manage
Here you can choose which events you want notifications for:
- Significant weather
- Changes coming
- Real-time rain
- Lightning strikes
- Government issued warnings
- Important news
- Daily rain/snow alerts
Tap the simple “on/off” switch to enable or disable notifications for a particular weather event.
For the professional weather tracker who wants the information on everything – and we mean that all weather around the world, the Weather Channel app is the app to download. However, the app’s greatest strength is also its weakness.
Being the hub that it is, even with short news clips and flu tracking in your area, it has two problems. It takes at least three seconds to open – bad news for the wildly impatient and the app stops often, especially during video playback.
However, due to the grandiose, all-encompassing nature of the app, these minor bugs can easily be overlooked.
RadarScope: Meteorologist and FAA approved
RadarScope does next level for weather enthusiasts and for those who have a basic understanding of atmospheric science – or are eager to learn.
If you graduated from the Weather Channel app with a hunger for more precision and detail, RadarScope is the professional weather tracking variety. In fact, it is advertised in the app store as a utility for weather enthusiasts and meteorologists.
The app mirrors data from The Next Generation Weather (NEXRAD) and Terminal Doppler Weather (TDWR) radars in the US and around the world.
NEXRAD is one of a series of 160 networks of high-resolution S-band Doppler weather radars operated by the National Weather Service.
TDWR is administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is used by air traffic controllers. The interface resembles government issues, similar to radars used in the military.
These are the same radars that meteorologists and scientists use to track weather systems. With a #1 ranking in weather on the App Store, this app has no choice but to be reliable.
The user can track weather systems with maximum accuracy, even down to street level.
RadarScope provides real-time lightning data and up to 30 frames of radar data, including extensive loops of super-resolution data.
Subscribers have access to a data interrogation tool that regulates data values for radar pixels, as well as a highly proficient multi-panel mode, which allows the user to evaluate two to four radar products side-by-side.
Apple Watch users, be aware that the app can be unreliable without your iPhone nearby. This means that if you’re running, the radar may not load before you get caught in that avoidable downpour.
RadarScope’s Pro Tier 1 has an annual subscription price of $9.99, is compatible with iOS 14 or later, and is a 35.6MB download.
Apple’s Weather app: no frills
For those overwhelmed by the many features of RadarScope and The Weather Channel App, Apple’s more simplistic Weather app may be right up your alley.
First, it has a beautiful, clean interface.
When it rains or snows, rain and snow will cover your screen. This is a particularly cool feature, reminiscent of moving portraits in Harry Potter.
Like the Weather Channel app, there’s an hourly weather projection and a 10-day forecast.
There are also some bells and whistles, such as the feels like feature (and even cooler, Why it may feel two degrees cooler).
It also includes UV index, sunrise and sunset, wind, precipitation, humidity, visibility and pressure. Similarly, you can easily add your favorite locations to check on your loved ones out of state or abroad.
Both apps give the weather enthusiast the option to enable weather alerts. To enable alerts for Apple’s Weather app:
Go to Settings > Privacy & security > Location services > Weather and tap All the time. This way you stay informed when certain weather conditions are heading your way.
Apple’s Weather app comes with your phone and is compatible with iOS 10 or later.
Carrot Weather: Wisecracker Weather Fun
In three words, Carrot Weather is joker fun again. Whether you’re a comedian or just looking for a daily laugh, Carrot is for you.
The design is similar to Apple’s Weather app, with bright colors and a simplistic user experience. The in-app prose and style will raise eyebrows and – he hopes – will bring a few laughs during your daily commute.
It is advertised so much more than a weather appwhere the user can complete “activities to strengthen [their] relationship with the murderous AI, follow clues to track down over 100 secret locations [and] movie [their] own weather forecast videos in TV news style.”
Its creative nature is unlike any other weather app. For those who want a laugh, the age rating is 17+ for mild sexual content, suggestive themes, profanity and crude humor.
When downloading and opening the app, the user has the option to cater to their own personality preferences ranging from professional until overdone.
The user soon discovers that Carrot, more of an entity than a utility, is their new overlord. She gives important messages upon entering the app, like this:
If Carrot has a little too many personality for you, feel free to switch off her sass.
To boost endorphins in the brain, the app also offers performancelike experiencing the first snow — which serve as smart incentives to revisit the app.
However, its quirkiness does not overshadow its professional functionality.
Carrot offers features like radar, storm cells with direction tracking, weather fronts and a cool feature called Cards which allows you to customize your weather notifications.
For example, if you are concerned about Zeus hitting you, you can choose to be alerted if there is a lightning strike within a certain number of miles from your location.
All in all, Carrot is overflowing with personality and is a privacy-conscious app.
Carrot Weather offers free and premium ($19.99) versions, is compatible with iOS 13, and is a 226 MB download.
MyRadar Weather Radar : Radar centered app
Like the RadarScope app, there is a learning curve to using MyRadar Weather Radar due to its impressive, real-time radar presentation on the home screen.
When opening the app, instead of a daily or 10-day forecast, the user is confronted with a live radar.
This is exciting for some, but can be overwhelming for others looking for a simple, written
Instead, the user must zoom in to see where the applicable weather systems are.
Click through each widget at the bottom of the screen to find out what each selection does. Once these are committed to memory, operating the app is a breeze.
One particularly cool feature that mirrors the Weather Channel app is the videos feature, which shows all the relevant and recent weather news in the country.
The app provides more than enough information for the weather enthusiast. Centered on a large, zoomable radar of your current country, it includes charts to see weather trends in real time and beyond.
Like the other apps mentioned above, this app offers customizable alerts for notable weather systems.
MyRadar offers free and premium versions ($9.99 per year), is compatible with iOS 14, and is a 173.6 MB download.
With the apps above, you’ll have all the weather information needed for those “Phew, there’s six feet of snow tonight!” conversations with strangers.