There was a time when weather forecasts were more like fortune telling. However, with the advancement of technology weather forecasts have become more accurate and easily available.
As weather plays a very important role in our daily life, the importance of weather forecasts knows no bound. In fact, it is so important to some people that they don’t want to wait the news channel’s weather forecast. Hundreds of weather apps available online might be a great relief for them.
But, choosing the best weather app that fulfills all your demands can be a confusing job. On top of that, all the weather apps don’t operate on both Android and iOS platforms.
In this article, I’ve analyzed the top five weather apps available online that can be used by both Android and iOS users. Let’s check them out!
Dark Sky (Android + iOS)
The Dark Sky is arguably the best weather app available for both Android and iOS gadgets. The outlook of the app is pretty compact and elegant.
This app is not only a good option for occasional use but also the best option for regular use. You’ll simply be amazed with the minute by minute weather prediction and not to mention the visualization.
Yes, minute by minute prediction! Confused? This amazing app doesn’t provide any vague prediction like the Met office. Rather it will give you notification “It will rain in 15 minutes”. That’s why this app is very useful.
If look at the visualization, it’s not like an ordinary app. The simple but classy interface of this app will show you weather condition including temperature.
But, the main problem with the app is that all these amazing features are not available in the free version. If you’re not into paying for your weather app, you should look for other apps.
The paid version of this app has three home screen widgets. Plus, you’ll get weather bulletins on your phone every morning if you want.
Don’t be disappointed to hear that you need to pay for the best experience. You won’t regret to pay for such an amazing app. If you don’t believe me, you can use the two-week trial version.
In a nutshell, the Dark Sky is worth considering!
Accuweather (Andriod + iOS)
The Accuweather is yet another solid weather app available for both Android and iOS users. You would probably hear people argue which one is the best – Dark Sky or Accuweather?
Alongside the basic features of a weather app, the Accuweather also provides minute by minute rain forecast. Among the basics, you’ll get hourly forecasts, extended forecasts, etc. In addition, Android Wear Support and radar features are also available.
Filled with lots of graphs, video forecasts, maps, the Accuweather provides very accurate forecasts. Besides, the “RealFeel” feature of this app will tell you how would feel in the current outdoor temperature.
Probably the most amazing feature of this app is that you can even send weather reports of your locality if you like to make some contributions. Your video might be featured in the Accuweather news reports, if it has value and quality.
In a nutshell, this a good all-round weather app. Like most other weather apps, the Accuweather is free but displays ads.
Weather Underground (Android + iOS)
The Weather Underground is the app you should choose if you’re looking for an app that provides hyperlocal data. But, you should also keep in mind that its prime focus is on data.
This app is probably the largest store of online weather stations. That means, it would be very easy for to collect a local weather forecast.
The most amazing feature of this app is that it uses reports from common people to validate weather data. As a result, the data are very accurate and you can trust it. To provide you with a very accurate forecast, this app uses the data provided by its network of nearly 0.2 million private weather stations.
You’ll also find other interesting features – the webcam section and “Wunderphotos”. The former will give a visual experience of what’s happening in reality, while the latter will provide you with photos people have posted.
As I’ve mentioned earlier that this app’s prime focus is data, the Weather Underground is quite heavy on data. You’ll find both historical and current data on rainfall, temperature, wind speed, UV (Ultra Violet ray) index, etc.
Now, you would be very happy to learn that this app is free, but the free version displays ads. The ads can be closed for one year if you make a 1.99 dollar in-app purchase.
Weather Channel (Andriod + iOS)
The Weather Channel is one of the basic weather apps that provide weather forecasts more intuitively. The preface of the app is pretty simple. Unlike most other apps, all necessary info are not stuffed in a single page.
In addition, you’ll get more details information when you tap most items. The weather forecasts of this app include 36-hour to 10-day options. You’ll also get to see different weather conditions like humidity, dew point, wind speed, etc.
A video section is also featured in this app. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy weather-related clips of any countries in the world. Moreover, you can directly access special contents and TV broadcast videos by the Weather Channel.
Its features don’t end just here. Outdoor enthusiasts and people who are suffering from allergies might get benefits from this app. Because, you’ll be able to know whether the current outdoor condition is suitable for any particular activity. More importantly, the app will change automatically along with your location.
On top of that, four desktop widgets are available in this app. These widgets are simple and pretty intuitive as well.
Another good news! This app is free to use. Just you need to tolerate few ads. If you don’t want any ad to appear on the screen, you can get rid of ads with a yearly fee of 4 dollars.
Yahoo Weather (Andriod + iOS)
The Yahoo Weather is probably the best app among all other Yahoo apps. And perhaps, it has the most stunning outlook in comparison to other weather apps. Beautiful images of current weather conditions are used as background images in this app. Thanks to Flickr, a photography site owned by Yahoo.
The outlook is so stunning that you might comment that this is all about appearance. However, if go through the features, you would be amazed to see that this app is packed with adequate weather data including clouds, temperatures and radar conditions.
This app has also the feature where you can share weather photos of your locality if you want contribute. So, if you’re a photographer, it would be a great fun.
The widgets available in this app are of different size and types. You can choose the one that suits your home screen the best. Simply put, an average user would get almost everything necessary without any hassle.
Available for both Android and iOS platforms – the Yahoo Weather is very informative. You’ll be able to get detailed 5-day forecasts alongside heat, radar and satellite maps.
You might find other weather apps comparatively more informative that Yahoo Weather. But, this app is certainly user friendly and has a very compact and classy presentation.
This amazing app is free. You won’t need any in-app purchase. However, you might get annoyed with the fairly large advertisements that fund this app.
Finally, even if you’re a complete newbie in using weather apps, you probably have got some ideas about the factors essential for a good weather app.
You should also know that there are hundreds other weather apps available on Google Play Store and iTunes. I’ve chosen these five as they’re arguably the best in their list. On top of that, they are also available for both Android and iOS users.