You can't always predict the weather, but some mobile apps certainly come close. With Doppler radar, satellite imaging and numerous advances in meteorology, weather forecasts are more reliable than ever. Add the right weather app to your phone, and you can pull down that data to help you keep tabs on severe weather conditions like the severe winter conditions currently gripping much of the U.S. And these apps also serve a purpose when sunnier weather returns. Check out 15 of the best weather apps for Android and iOS devices. (Photo Credit: PH888/Shutterstock)
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.
Dark Sky (Android, iOS) impressed many mobile users with its hyper-accurate local weather forecasting, and the app continues to improve on the formula. A major interface revamp puts more weather data right at your fingertips. The freakishly accurate hyperlocal forecast is now accompanied by a precipitation map for the next hour, as well as handy hourly forecasts and a precipitation graph. Those additions join severe weather alerts, customizable notifications, and lockscreen weather digests. The main timeline also includes UV information, and options for more granular information. The latest update to Dark Sky is a bright refresh of the app interface that doesn't skimp on bringing all the meteorological info that's important to you right now.
It's an app you hope you never have to use, but when disaster strikes, you'll be glad you have Emergency: Alerts from the American Red Cross (Android, iOS) on your iPhone or Android device. The app pays attention to when severe weather conditions strike — everything from hurricanes and floods to extreme heat and winter storms. Not only will Emergency monitor where you live, you can also enter cities and people that are important to you. The app features customizable alerts and provides a map with shelter information in the event of an emergency. You can use the app to make sure you're ready for a potential storm by scanning through the disaster preparedness info tucked within Emergency.
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.
Hello Weather (Android, iOS) shares much of the simple infographic philosophy of Weather Timeline, but takes a brighter direction in terms of design, with bold colors keeping the interface bright and readable. Forecast predictions are powered by Dark Sky, with forecast data presented in clean infographics and icons that you can tap to drill down for more info. The app is free and ad-supported, but a premium subscription ($4.99 each month) removes ads, includes radar maps for the USA, UK, Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan, and allows users to choose additional forecast sources, such as Weather Underground, Accuweather or The Weather Channel.
1Weather (Android, iOS) has been an old favorite among Android users for its clean and striking interface and its wealth of weather data. And now, the app has since made the jump to iOS. 1Weather provides quick summaries of current weather conditions and forecasts, as well as hourly, 10-day, and 12-week forecasts. In addition to the forecasts, 1Weather also provides detailed radar maps with customizable data layers, widgets, notifications and severe weather alerts where available.