6 Wonderful Weather Apps for Every iPhone User

Gone are the days when you’d need to tune into the local news to hear tomorrow’s weather forecast. The Internet has long offered a way to quickly gather an up-to-date weather forecast for anywhere on Earth, and the iPhone has brought this directly into the palm of your hand.

Today we’ll be looking at 6 versatile and feature-packed weather applications for the iPhone, comparing the features and interface of each. We can’t stop it raining, but we can make sure you know when to take an umbrella out with you!

Weather

Weather

Weather

We’d be foolish not to start with the in-built iPhone Weather application! With a remarkably simple and well thought-out interface, Weather is the best place to start for a simple solution. It supports storing multiple locations, a basic 7 day forecast, and fahrenheit/celsius switching.

Price: Included on your iPhone

WeatherBug

WeatherBug

WeatherBug

This free version is ad-supported, but supports worldwide displays of weather, 7 day and hourly forecasts, radar maps, and lots more. You could also opt for the Elite version, which removes ads and offers a few extra features such as radar animation.

Certain locations actually have live weather “cams” showing the actual conditions, and the weather information is considerably more detailed than that provided in the standard Weather app.

Price: Free
Download: iTunes Store

Outside

Outside

Outside

The real appeal of Outside is the carefully designed interface, centred around the idea of “looking out the window”. You can see the forecast outside the window, swiping through different days.

Outside comes complete with push notifications, to let you know when the conditions match a certain criteria you’ve defined. Check the app before heading out and it will let you know whether you require an umbrella, warm coat, t-shirt, or even suncream!

Price: $2.99
Download: iTunes Store

The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel

Backed by thousands of positive reviews on iTunes, The Weather Channel is an app that has been very well received. It covers all the forecast basics, and also provides severe weather alerts, video forecasts for some areas, and a variety of traffic cams. The interface isn’t going to compete with Outside, but remains fairly straight-forward to use.

The Weather Channel also have a pro, paid for, app – Weather Channel Max – that removes the ads and adds a “future radar” feature.

Price: Free
Download: iTunes Store

Weather Pro

Weather Pro

Weather Pro

Another fairly feature-packed affair, Weather Pro provides a wealth of information for 250,000 locations around the world. That’s a lot of weather! You can view a comprehensive set of satellite images, and configure the units and measurement of everything shown in the app.

Weather Pro will automatically detect your current location to quickly show weather that’s relevant to where you are right now.

Price: $3.99
Download: iTunes Store

MyWeather Mobile

MyWeather Mobile

MyWeather Mobile

The latest update has brought this app up to a much better standard, with push severe weather notifications and a dynamic map showing weather alerts. It’s fairly USA centric, so if you’re not based there you may be paying for features you don’t have any use for. The landscape radar mode is a nice touch.

Price: $4.99
Download: iTunes Store

In Summary

So, which app would I recommend overall? It depends completely upon what you really need from it. If you’re looking for a simple, free option, stick with the built-in Weather app. My personal choice is Outside, because I love the interface. If you need something more technical with a weather radar, you could do far worse than The Weather Channel’s app.

I’d be interested to hear which other pieces of software you particularly like for forecasting and weather prediction. Please share your favourites in the comments!