When making plans for the next few days or week, it’s useful to know the weather forecast—even if just to know when to bundle up or bring an umbrella. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite weather apps for keeping an eye the skies (without even peeking outside).
If you like to live fancy free and take what Mother Nature dishes out on the fly, then our roundup probably isn’t for you. If, on the other hand, you like to plan a bit to ensure your scenic hike around the lake isn’t a soggy one or your commute won’t be canceled because of a snowpocalypse then we’ve got the apps for you. You could always use the stock app, of course, but the features on the stock apps found on iOS and Android pale in comparison. Here’s our top weather apps to help keep you informed.
Dark Sky (Android/iOS, Free/$3.99)
Dark Sky appreciates the most important thing to you when it comes to a weather report—speed. Available for both Android and iOS, the app is able to create forecasts for your precise location, right down to the very minute. Every time you check in, you can consult a minute by minute prediction for the next hour, followed by hourly updates for the next day and week.
It’s a stylish app with genuinely useful notifications of sudden weather changes, ranging from rain alerts to more severe weather conditions. There are widgets too so you can easily consult what’s going on without loading up the app. Ultimately though, thought, it’s update speed that’ll endear you to the app most of all.
CARROT Weather (iOS, $4.99)
CARROT Weather, like the other CARROT apps, demonstrates that humor and useful information can happily co-exist. The app uses Dark Sky’s weather data so you’ll get accurate and timely updates. Where CARROT Weather differs from Dark Sky is how it informs you. This time round, you’ll be told to ‘make the most of it’ when the sun is out or to expect frostbite when it’s cold.
Alongside that is a time machine feature allowing you to view the weather for any location up to 70 years in the past or, bizarrely, 10 years in the future. In a gamification style twist, you can also unlock secret historical locations along the way. If you want a weather app that sports a slick design, good weather data, and gets a sensible chuckle out of you every day, then CARROT Weather is for you.
WeatherBug (Android/iOS, Free)
WeatherBug feels like what the stock app on your phone should be (if…
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