Do you have the right weather app? A good one helps you not only plan your days and weeks but offers a big picture perspective during severe weather. Your phone came with a basic one, however there are so many options out there with additional features and great aesthetics, it may be time to upgrade if you haven’t already. We asked around the office and came up with five of our favorites. So, whether you are putting together an outfit in the morning or serving as your family’s point of contact during an emergency, you will be prepared.
- WeatherBug (Free)
WeatherBug is great for tracking developing weather, with Doppler radar, hurricane forecasts, Spark lightning alerts, air quality info, and pollen count data as well as the usual weather information.
- The Weather Channel (Free)
A variety of data is available on the Weather Channel app, such as temperature, wind and visibility on an hourly basis, an extended 10-day forecast, and interactive maps. It’s readability is a plus. It also has social media sharing features.
- NOAA (Free/$1.99)
NOAA has real-time animated radar imagery, and the ability to send you a notification when a weather alert is issued to make sure you aren’t caught off guard.
- Carrot Weather ($4.99)
If weather-themed snarkiness and sarcasm is your thing, Carrot Weather is the way to go. It’s forecasts are heaped with humor and great infographics.
- Dark Sky ($3.99)
Dark Sky is known for its incredibly accurate local weather forecasting. It includes a precipitation map, hourly forecasts, severe weather alerts, customizable notifications, lockscreen weather digests, UV information, and options for more specific information.