Gone are the days when weather forecasting was little more than fortune-telling. With Doppler radar, satellite imaging and numerous advances in meteorology, weather forecasts are more reliable than ever so there's no excuse to be caught unprepared by sudden downpours or snow flurries, as long as you've got a smartphone. Check out 15 of the best weather apps for Android and iOS devices. (Photo Credit: AnastasiiaS/Shutterstock)
The beautiful Yahoo Weather (Android, iOS) app boasts a gorgeous interface that is both informative and striking. The app displays images of your location with matching time of day and weather conditions, with the option to view detailed five-day forecasts, as well as interactive radar, heat and satellite maps. Updates have brought the Android app in line with the iOS design for a unified experience across both platforms. Other apps provide more details and features, but Yahoo Weather's clean, concise presentation makes it an eminently user-friendly, everyday app, marred only by a fairly large advertisement as you swipe up to get to the detailed forecast.
Weather Timeline delivers a no-nonsense, ad-free weather forecasts to your Android device through a highly configurable display. You'll get extreme weather alerts from your choice of a variety of data sources. Users can save a variety of locations and view detailed daily forecasts, with temperature highs and lows, precipitation forecasts, with the option to drill down to detailed hourly forecasts. On a smartphone, the app has a clean timeline presentation of the weather, while landscape mode on tablet puts a variety of graphs side by side with the timeline.
Apalon's Weather Live (Android, iOS) brings you current conditions and the weather forecast, as well as a wealth of meteorological data in an easy-to-use dashboard-style format. Users can quickly look up temperature and precipitation, as well as wind speed and direction, temperature forecasts and a seven-day outlook for expected temperatures and precipitation. Users can further configure the layout, including what parameters are displayed and the location. Weather Live is nice for its "at a glance" information, but what it gives you is a bit sparse, compared to more in-depth weather apps.
YoWindow is an Android weather app that offers rich animations and is easy to use. It displays a weather forecast with an animated landscape view of expected weather outside. Users can swipe left to right to view hourly or daily forecasts, with the animation changing to match the forecast. The app displays a lot of information at a glance, from precipitation to temperature, pressure, humidity and wind speed. Users can choose from a variety of landscapes and can set the view as a live wallpaper.
Arcus Weather takes data from Forecast.io, the weather service built by the Dark Sky team, to bring detailed weather forecasting wherever you are. It includes widgets and a Dashclock extension, weather reports in your notification tray, severe weather alerts and support for Android Wear. Users can check out US radar maps and set the app to vibrate your phone for precipitation alerts. An in-app purchase unlocks more custom locations and widget interval options, while removing ads.
AccuWeather (Android, iOS) is an excellent app that provides hourly, daily and 15-day weather forecasts, which you can integrate with your calendar. The MinuteCast feature even provides hyper-local, minute-by-minute forecasts for the next two hours. AccuWeather's reach is comprehensive, with forecast data for more than 3 million locations. The app also includes alerts for incoming severe weather events such as snow, thunderstorms, high winds or tornadoes.
The Weather Channel's free, ad-supported weather app is available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The TWC app provides you with a wealth of meteorological data such as temperature, wind and visibility on an hourly or daily basis, with an extended 10 day forecast available. Interactive maps can display the latest Doppler radar data to show rainfall and weather events and severe weather alerts. The app also includes social sharing features for users to upload images, tweets, videos and photos.