With a large portion of our businesses being directly impacted by weather we all tend to keep a close eye. With todays “tech” race in full-swing it seems like a new weather app is coming online everyday. For me it’s become almost impossible to keep up with all the latest bells and whistles or to narrow down my choice to just one app. The experts say we need to have some criteria in place to make the right section. First and foremost “current conditions” have to be accessible at a glance. They also have to offer an easy to read “five-day forecast,” along with some kind of detailed information such as radar, precipitation and wind speeds. Above all, they had to be accurate! Below are a few of the Top Picks…
Accuweather Platinum: Obviously picking the winner was difficult, and I know people may disagree, but I think Accuweather has a great product here. There’s a ton of information crammed into the app’s interface, but none of it gets in the way of the current temperatures and conditions, clearly displayed against an animated representation of what’s going on outside your window. For you farmers out there, this app has what’s called MinuteCast, which is accessible on the main screen and offers a very intense look at the next two hours. It literally tells you the exact moment it’s going to rain on you. (Available on both iOS [$3.99] and Android[$2.99])
Dark Sky: This app is completely built around answering the question: When exactly is it going to rain? It’s one of the only apps out there that operates this way. I also find that I spend more time with this app than others, even after it gives me the pertinent information I seek. Instead of a map, Dark Sky lets you literally scan the globe by swiping and pinching to find the most intense weather spots. Always visible by way of a transparent layer just beneath the screen, it puts a whole new spin on weather apps by turning the radar into the forecast; a 12 day span that lets you follow storms and watch as they develop and dissipate. (Available only on iOS[$3.99])
Seasonality Go: If you are a person who likes to go deeper than weather forecasts Seasonality Go is chock full of more charts and data than one could ever possibly need. With this app you get the normal current conditions along with a myriad of other data points including air pressure, dew point, and astronomical charts. You also find graphs for a wide array of information, including wind speed, snowfall, cloud cover and wave height, as well as a powerful radar map with live satellite overlays. If you want to go in depth, you should definitely check this one out.
Arcus Weather: This app is available only on Android platforms and takes data from Forecast.io, the weather service built by the Dark Sky team. Essentially, it’s the Android equivalent to the iOS’s Dark Sky weather app, however this one is free! (Available only on Android [Free])
Weather Underground: This is another app made for the budding meteorologists out there as it has a remarkable and exhaustive system of weather measurements. There’s so much info it can almost be overwhelming, but you can customize the interface so you can see just what you are specifically wanting. Utilizing more than 40,000 weather stations around the world, Weather Underground gives the most localized and comprehensive forecast around. (Available on both iOS and Android, [Free, $2 year subscription to remove ads])
CARROT Weather: If you prefer weather with a side of snark and dab of humor, then you will like this app. Carrot prides itself on accurate weather delivered with equal amounts of personality. The best example is how Carrot refers to human users as “meatbags.” Carrot also includes more than 30 secret locations like the Moon and other fictional places. Of course, all the joking would get old if it weren’t for the accurate weather data, which includes 24 hour and seven day forecasts form Forecast.io. (Available on iOS only [$3.99])