Track the 'bomb cyclone' with the best third-party weather apps for your iPhone or iPad

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in iPhone edited March 2018
Apple's native iOS Weather app is pretty spartan. Given that a good portion of the east coast of the U.S. is in the midst of a "bomb cyclone" spreading wind, rain, and snow from the mid-Atlantic to Maine -- use one of these weather apps to get a bit more data than Apple supplies.


AccuWeather - Weather for Life




All of the weather apps glean raw data from one source, but forecasts and data presentation varies a great deal between organizations. AccuWeather's app presents the raw data, its own forecasts, and now also includes crowdsourced weather data, minute-by-minute precipitation forecasts, all laid on top of an info-dense, but not cluttered, interface.

If you want all the data that lead up to today's forecast. this is the app for you. If you just want to take a quick look and just get a general idea, maybe pass on this one.

It is ad-supported, but a one-time $3.99 in-app purchase purges them forever.

AccuWeather - Weather for Life is free, has an Apple Watch version, and takes 168MB of device storage space.

Carrot Weather




There's no denying that Carrot Weather is an attractive app. It boasts an intuitive, streamlined design, presenting the most important information, such as temperature, precipitation, and three-day forecast able to be checked at a glance.

Because the app exists squarely in the middle of the irreverent Carrot line, the app maintains its trademark sassy delivery, offering users pithy quips about the weather. Also, as in other Carrot apps, using Carrot Weather long enough will satisfy unlock criteria for weather reports from Star Wars, in the midst of a robot apocalypse, and others.

Also of note for Apple Watch users, Carrot boasts one of the best native apps for Apple's wrist-worn device. With a premium subscription for $2.49 per year, Carrot gains precipitation and severe weather alerts, along with half-hourly data updates, notifications, and complication customization features.

If you want strict, no-nonsense weather forecasts, look elsewhere. If you want entertainment delivered with the weather, get Carrot Weather.

Carrot Weather sells for $4.99, has an Apple Watch complication, and takes 59MB of iPhone storage.

NOAA Weather Radar - HD Radar & Weather Forecast




If you only want a bit more data than Apple provides with the pre-installed Weather app, but not as much as Accuweather hits you with, a happy medium is NOAA Weather Radar - HD Radar & Weather Forecast.

NOAA Weather Radar - HD Radar & Weather Forecast eschews presenting local data, and gleans its information straight from the NOAA source of all forecasts, presented as clearly as possible. It still provides al the niceties of other weather apps, such as alerts, and forecasts, as well as allowing the user to set up other pinned locations, like work, or a friend's house to get alerts from there as well.

NOAA Weather Radar - HD Radar & Weather Forecast is free and takes 93.1MB of storage.

The Weather Channel




The great grandpappy of 24-hour weather is The Weather Channel. The parent TV network launched in 1982, and was the first broadcast channel to give U.S.-wide weather, 24 hours a day, to all that would subscribe.

While viewership is dropping, the network's digital presence isn't. The Weather Channel app data presentation sits in between the aforementioned NOAA Weather Radar and AccuWeather apps, and is easiest to get a quick glance, and absorb everything you need in a moment, without the need for interpretation.

Additionally, the station's morning video show is available first on the app, before it airs on the network.

The Weather Channel app is free, with a $3.99 in-app purchase to remove ads, is iPhone-only, has an Apple Watch version, and takes 188MB of storage space. It is the oldest app of the six we're discussing today, so Apple still retains older versions lacking may of today's niceties for iPhones left behind by the march of time -- but it works!

Dark Sky




Dark sky is a little different than the other weather apps. Instead of prioritizing day-at-a-glance, or a week's notice of rain on Saturday, or similar, the app's main intent is to let you know when the sky will dump some form of precipitation on you, with an hour's advance notice. It'll still give you that week's view, but letting you know of the immediate impact of the weather on what you're doing is a nice, and unique, feature.

So, if you're out for lunch on foot, heed Dark Sky's alerts. Hit the coffee shop after lunch for those 15 minutes of the downpour, versus being uninformed and slogging it out in the street and being miserable for the rest of the day at work.

Dark Sky sells for $3.99, has an Apple Watch version, and takes a very small 20.8MB of storage.
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  • Reply 1 of 35
    You don't mention the awesome Yahoo! Weather App?

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yahoo-weather/id628677149?mt=8
    edited February 2017 dewmesmith54
  • Reply 2 of 35
    Wunderground and Storm is all I use. Free with ads, a few bucks to remove ads.
  • Reply 3 of 35
    You don't mention the awesome WeatherUnderground App? Here in the Pacific Northwest, at least, WeatherUnderground's house-brand forecast is incredibly accurate, even the hour-by-hour forecast. It's typically more accurate than NOAA, but you can switch back and forth between the two forecast sources within WeatherUnderground. Also WU shows you currrent weather at hundreds of personal weather stations if that's your preference. (Free, ad-supported, or $1.99/yr membership. Also supports Apple Watch.)

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/weather-underground-llc/id284699897
    edited February 2017 [Deleted User]bartfatmissiongreydewmeSoundJudgment
  • Reply 4 of 35
    Best Radar app is Radarsope.  May be too sophisticated for the casual user but allows you to look at tons of different radar depictions.  $9.99...was my first app purchase way back when the app store came online.

    netmage
  • Reply 5 of 35
    I like RadarCast...gives realtime and 1 hour look ahead. Works well for Bay Area, CA. I use it with Dark Sky. The globe view of Dark Sky is also cool
    baconstang
  • Reply 6 of 35
    In Australia you can't go past the WillyWeather app. The satellite rain radar is accurate to within 10minutes!
  • Reply 7 of 35
    Let's fix that article... "in North America", not just the US. Canada has been experiencing some of the deepest snowfalls on the West Coast in the past 10 years.

  • Reply 8 of 35
    You don't mention the awesome Yahoo! Weather App?

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yahoo-weather/id628677149?mt=8
    Is it really "awesome"?

    Apple used to use Yahoo! data for the iPhone, but switched to "Weather Channel" data, and it's far less accurate for Canada. I personally use "The Weather Network" app as my primary weather app.
  • Reply 9 of 35
    Any recommendation for the best weather widget?
  • Reply 10 of 35
    Facebook can have my location when the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets melt.
    baconstangtyler82pscooter63
  • Reply 11 of 35
    I read this headline as: Track today's blizzard with the third-best weather apps for your iPhone or iPad. It's quite possible I've contracted a case of late onset dyslexia.
  • Reply 12 of 35
    dewmedewme Posts: 1,894member
    Wow! A "Bomb Cyclone" and "Polar Vortex" in the same week, with another batch of "Lake Effect" for added measure. Glad I have the Weather Underground app to keep me apprised of how soon my world will turn into one huge snow cone.  
  • Reply 13 of 35
    friedmudfriedmud Posts: 152member
    Just came here to vote for DarkSky.  Incredible accuracy.  Heed it's warnings!  Great as a widget on your iPhone... and a great complication for the Apple Watch.

    Also: for Apple Watch Carrot is really good.  Allows plenty of customization.  On my Apple Watch I actually run DarkSky as a "small" complication and Carrot as a "large" complication on the watch face.  Allows me to see the current real temperature with DarkSky and the "Feels like" temperature from Carrot along with a textual readout of what's going to happen from Carrot... and quick shortcuts to each app.

    Anyway - just my $0.02
  • Reply 14 of 35
    Um, Carrot Weather sells for $4.99, not $3.99...
  • Reply 15 of 35
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,078administrator
    Um, Carrot Weather sells for $4.99, not $3.99...
    Huh. That's new. I'll fix that, thanks!
  • Reply 16 of 35
    GG1GG1 Posts: 217member
    rexbinary said:
    Wunderground and Storm is all I use. Free with ads, a few bucks to remove ads.
    Storm is as simple or detailed as you want. Also, no more ad-free option anymore.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wu-storm/id955957721?mt=8
  • Reply 17 of 35
    I’d be interested in recommendations for AppleTV weather apps, too. I haven’t found very many decent options for apps that include weather radar. AccuWeather’s app is decent, but it’s surprising that there aren’t more options (that I’ve found, anyway).
    razorpit
  • Reply 18 of 35
    payecopayeco Posts: 249member
    Let's fix that article... "in North America", not just the US. Canada has been experiencing some of the deepest snowfalls on the West Coast in the past 10 years.

    Cool story. This article was specifically about the weather on the East Coast of the US.
  • Reply 19 of 35
    payecopayeco Posts: 249member
    You don't mention the awesome Yahoo! Weather App?

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yahoo-weather/id628677149?mt=8
    Is it really "awesome"?

    Apple used to use Yahoo! data for the iPhone, but switched to "Weather Channel" data, and it's far less accurate for Canada. I personally use "The Weather Network" app as my primary weather app.
    We get it. You’re from Canada. Your North American inferiority complex is acting up.
  • Reply 20 of 35
    That noaa radar app is great during large thunderstorms.  That’s when that app really shines.  Not so much use during normal weather. 
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