The Best Weather Apps for iOS [App List]

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  • JNGold

    Fahrenheit is not the first iOS weather app to display temperature information on a badge. SBSH’s Pocket Weather and ShiftJelly’s PocketWeather World have been offering that functionality for quite some time now.

  • loh_telivant

    Ben Brooks did it first: http://brooksreview.net/2011/0

  • twitter-15864242

    How much of Ben Brook’s posts did you copy/reference to make this?

  • Charlie R.

    C’mon, at least link to the multiple posts that @BenjaminBrooks wrote on this very subject not terribly long ago. Sheesh.

  • David Kilsheimer

    Wouldn’t it be easier to simply cut and paste @benjaminbrooks post? It had more substance than this sad attempt.

  • KillianBell

    Guys, thanks for your comments, but I’ve honestly never heard of Ben Brooks. We have regular app lists here on Cult of Mac and lists of the ‘best’ applications are bound to feature some similarities between sites.

    Killian

  • michaelramm

    Awesome review…when I read it TWO WEEKS ago on The Brooks Review [http://brooksreview.net/2011/0…]

  • JNGold

    I enjoyed your review (regardless of the aforementioned review on the other site), but you should really correct the Fahrenheit comment.

  • Victor Healey

    I find it hard to believe there are two ‘serious’ reviews of weather apps for the iPad that are this bad. I have been a volunteer severe weather spotter for the NWS in the SE USA for over thirty years. As I read this post and review of iPad Weather apps all I could hear going through my mind was these people seem clueless.

    The iPad is an awesome tool with the right apps at the right time but not a single one of those mentioned are ones I would turn to and I have or had them all. Some I have already deleted as a total waste.

    If you want detailed weather in a clear format on a day by day basis for your ZIP code you do not even need a weather app, but know how to use the mobile version of WeatherUnderGround dot com from Safari or your desktop. I would create links on your home screen of particular WUG sections for fast access.

    During a time when weather is bad and you need more right down to where you are standing in real time you need their iPad app called WunderMap. That is a little complex and you should play with it some before you are exposed to significant severe weather. Even a NOOB could follow the Weather Channel on TV and by using that map zoom in on a problem area and learn what to look for using Doppler radar. It helps that you can toggle severe on and off over top of the display as needed. Sometimes all you may want is to see the progression of severe plotted against a map. Tap on any of those alerts or watches for more detailed information for that location you are concerned about. It is all there.

    There are better even better weather apps with more radar details for pilots and storm spotters but for the average person in the USA, WunderMap is the biggest bang for the buck.

    For these people I also recommend The Weather Channel’s own iPad app, TWC MAX+, with tons of video that is one click away similar to what you see on the air. Also on my list of semi recommended apps is the WeatherBug, used by some TV stations, AccuWeather, and Hurricane HD.

    Add push notifications from places like ‘Digital Cyclone’, some local TV stations in your area, and other sources that will popup on your iPad display as needed.

    Subscribe to WeatherAmerica based in Texas, and read Larry Nelson’s take on upcoming weather extremes in various places in the world. If you get a notification from Larry on any day other than Saturday, somebody is probably going to die in the near future from weather extremes and there is going to be lost of property. TWC and the Weather Under Ground also have meteorologists willing to share their understanding of developing weather in some detail. But I have to give the metal to Larry for his specialty in spotting upcoming extreme weather and its probable impact.

    There is a wealth of other tools and information sources all web based. You can often get a TV app fora particular spot and watch continuous coverage on the iPad of SuperCells or Hurricanes tracking across a state. ABC 33/40 had fantastic live coverage to the Tuscaloosa -Birmingham supercell for hours. I spotted it on WunderMap when it formed at the Mississippi line and using other resources determined that there was an app for local live TV coverage and downloaded it so I could jump into the live video and back out again as needed without having to have a FLASH PLAYER on the iPad.

    Also as a ham I like the iPad app called ActionScanner which I program on the fly to cover those areas impacted or about to be impacted if possible. If I notice there is an especially appropriate channel like live storm chasers, local police, or ham radio spotters on the scene, I force that into background mode and switch to WunderMap and one of its views for the area.

    I bought a RAM MOUNT, TAB3 for the iPad so I could monitor everything while mobile using 3G without killing myself trying to juggle the iPad during bad weather.

    I didn’t mean to write so much in a rambling post but the bottom line is if you are serious about the weather there are good iPad apps out there and its long battery life can be a real life saver.

    If you do it right you can be notified on the iPad even before The Severe Weather Center in Norman Oklahoma issues a public warning over your local NWS WX radio. Not by much, sometimes mere seconds but the iPad can be a real winner.

    BTW I can easily email photos, screenshots and comments to others when they need to know right away, another nice feature of the iPad.

    ki4je

  • Geeksaresad

    Tough crowd tonight – you folks should chill out (pun intended)

  • Simon

    Have to say the reviewers favourable impressions of Weather Pro have not been borne out by my own experiences, in fact I’ve now ditched it for the free AccuWeather app which is far more accurate. The problem was temperatures being wildly out. It could be because I’m living in Asia and Weather Pro’s data is flaky from the developing world but then how come AccuWeather does a much better job? Disappointing.

  • abstrakted

    I know this is 3 months later (1.8 years in internet time), but I’m curious why–as an NWS collaborator–there is no mention of WeatherBug. Is WeatherBug not quite what it appears?
    As I understand–7 or so years ago, NWS approached WeatherBug to be able to use its network–which supposedly was considered the largest weather monitoring network in the U.S.–and the NOAA in general has worked hand-in-hand with WeatherBug (aka Earth Networks) ever since. Subsequently, numerous other relevant entities, including government agencies, have partnered with them. Perhaps its the cutesy name that makes them seem unprofessional, but from what I’ve seen and read in top tier publications, Earth Networks is the leading source for atmospheric data in the U.S., and perhaps the planet. I personally use WUG on mobile, or the NOAA site directly, but I just find it interesting that there is no mention of WeatherBug anywhere on this page.

  • Jeffrey

    How about this weather app? http://sdk.co/weather/

  • WeatherNuts

    nice work … but i am missing one app (the one that impressed me the most this year).
    i am talking about the Nooly Micro Weather app.
    this app is amazing, to the best of my knowledge, it is the only app that predicts the weather for every  city block and it does so in 5 minutes accuracy.
    this stuff is amazing! this app predicts the exact time rain starts, it does so for any location in the US – that is absolutely amazing, and it definitely get’s its high rank among the best weather app of the year in my book.