If you want to know the weather right now you can just open a window, but there‚Äôs no window for the future. When you‚Äôre on the go and need to know what to expect from mother nature, apps can be a lifesaver. Whether it‚Äôs keeping tabs on a tropical storm or just planning your next baseball game, understanding the weather is crucial. With so many apps on the market, it can be daunting finding the right one, so we‚Äôve done the work for you.¬†Here are the best weather apps for iOS and Android.
The Weather Channel has been a go-to source for meteorological knowledge for over three decades, and now you can access it on your phone. Featuring a 15-day weather forecast that‚Äôs updated hourly, you‚Äôll always know what to expect. Curious about where the storms are headed next? Check out the radar yourself. Weather Channel even provides safety alerts, allergy advisories, and other health risks. You can grab the app for free, but expect to deal with ads. If you‚Äôd like to get rid of the ads you can for $3.99/year via an in-app purchase.
Apple fans don‚Äôt need to download an extra app to check the weather, thanks to the Weather app already built into iOS. This no-frills app doesn‚Äôt have long-range precipitation forecasts or a live radar, but it‚Äôs accessible via Siri and is perfect for quickly getting a read on the week ahead. If you don‚Äôt need a lot of data and just want the basics, Apple‚Äôs app is a free reliable choice.
Free weather apps don‚Äôt get the respect they deserve, especially in the case of the shockingly powerful Weather Underground. Drawing from 250,000-plus weather stations, Weather Underground compiles in-depth reports on up-to-the-minute weather conditions. Users get up to a 10-day forecast, complete with a text summary. Its radar map draws from all of the weather stations in your neighborhood, making it the closest to Dark Sky for pinpoint predictions. The developers have even included access to National Weather Service radio. Users in smoggy parts of the country will appreciate the air quality monitor under the app‚Äôs health tile, along with other quality-of-life alerts. There are ads, which can get annoying, but those can be banished for just $1.99 per year.¬†¬†
AccuWeather is a free weather app that offers a clean and easy-to-understand interface for users who want more than the Weather Channel offers without getting overwhelmed. Its maps are the app‚Äôs best feature, providing a clear understanding of current and future weather patterns with a handy slider. Users who upgrade to the $3.99 pro version of the app get a 25-day weather forecast and all of the ads removed. Depending on how much you hate on-screen clutter, that‚Äôs a price worth paying. You won‚Äôt get the customization or hyper detail of other apps, but not everyone feels like drowning in data whenever they just want to know the weather.
Dark Sky calls itself the most accurate source for hyperlocal weather information, and we‚Äôd have to agree. Its specific forecasts include down-to-the-minute updates, including how many minutes until it starts or stops raining. It‚Äôs not about what the weather is like in your town‚ÄĒDark Sky tells you what it‚Äôs like where you‚Äôre standing. Its weather forecasting API is so powerful that other apps, like Carrot Weather, use it to compile their own forecasts. While the reporting is great, Dark Sky‚Äôs best feature is its maps. You can easily follow weather patterns and track storms in real time on Dark Sky Weathers. Android users can try Dark Sky for free, though they‚Äôll have to pay a $3 per year membership to unlock features like notifications, real-time forecasting, and an on-screen widget. Apple fans sadly have to pony up $3.99 to buy the app, but don‚Äôt have to pay for a subscription. ¬†
Getting the weather doesn‚Äôt have to be boring, thanks to the snarky charms of Carrot Weather. Surely the only weather app available that makes Silence of the Lambs jokes, Carrot Weather delivers the weather with funny quips to put a smile on your rainy days. It utilizes the Dark Sky API, so you know you‚Äôre getting accurate results‚ÄĒthis time they‚Äôre just fun. If you want to unlock features like severe weather alerts, daily weather summaries, customization, and automatic background updates for Apple Watch, you‚Äôll need a subscription. Subscriptions cost $0.49 per month or $3.99 for the full year, depending on your budget. Premium users can even look back at up to 70 years‚Äô worth of meteorological information around the world.
Editor‚Äôs note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.