Best Smartphone Weather Apps for 2017
Looking for the best smartphone weather apps for 2017?
It’s 2017, and things are constantly changing. Gone are the times where it’s necessary to try and remember the odd assortment of weather proverbs:
“Mackerel skies and mares’ tails
Make tall ships carry low sails.”
“If the goose honks high, fair weather.
If the goose honks low, foul weather.”
“If spiders are many and spinning their webs,
The spell will soon be very dry.”
Having the best smartphone weather apps for 2017 within easy access range on your phone keeps the guesswork out of your day–at least when you have a perfect internet connection.
We’ve evolved from more simple times when it seemed necessary to be taking advice from animals, now getting up-to-date weather news on the television and radio. When you need quick, up-to-date guidance on the weather happening around you, the best weather apps are just a click away on your phone. These apps bring forecasts straight to your fingertips, acting as your own personal weatherman when you’re in need on holiday or working outside.
Though advances in technology have helped to create the best weather apps, capable of providing accurate forecasts for up to two weeks ahead of time, they do have their shortcomings, which is why carrying an INO™ Weather Pro weather monitor remains the best way to stay weather-smart. In addition to giving you the temperature, pressure, humidity, heat index, dew point, and altitude, the INO Weather Pro is able to predict lightning up to 40 miles away – something you won’t get from your app, even if you do have a strong internet connection.
Let’s take a look at the best weather apps you can use in addition to a handheld weather monitor.
Paste Magazine declared DarkSky the best overall weather app for 2017, and it’s not hard to understand why. This app ticks all the boxes when it comes to weather monitoring. It has a user-friendly design and interface, detailed weather reports, detailed radar, a day-by-day weather summary, and weather notifications.
Additionally, if you’re comfortable with it, you can choose to contribute to the app’s database by allowing your phone to measure and send periodic pressure data.
NOAA Radar Pro (iOS)
Unfortunately, the NOAA Radar Pro app by Apalon is not free for iOS ($3.99). However, it’s worth the money as it provides real-time radar images on an interactive map, along with comprehensive weather information.
It is Apple Watch compatible, which is a bonus, especially as the app can be set up to send notifications every time a weather alert is issued for your area.
The ability to bookmark locations, easy location searches, and a storm of other features makes this a strong app in the category of best weather apps. If you want to be able to view meteorological maps three different ways—satellite, hybrid and standard—or get 24-hour and 7-day forecasts from the nearest metro station, this is the app for you.
If you’re an Android user, you can download the free NOAA Weather Radar & Alerts app.
Yahoo! Weather (iOS, Android)
The Yahoo! Weather app provides the best-truncated design backed by one of the most reliable weather databases. The clean interface allows you to take a peek at the weather situations for the day without getting swamped with details about the dew point or the heat index.
Of course, if you want to dig into the details, the Yahoo! Weather app provides interactive radar, satellite and heat maps, as well as provides animated sunrise, sunset, wind and pressure modules.
If you’re snapping interesting photos of the weather, you can also add them to Yahoo! Weather by joining #projectweather on Flickr.
RainAware makes our list of the best weather apps because it’s the best storm prediction app, giving you updates on what time a storm is expected to hit your location.
The app updates every minute to stay ahead of ever-changing weather, which allows you to adjust your plans to be safe.
It’s available in more than 13,000 US cities.
Weather Underground (iOS, Android)
Weather Underground (also known as Wunderground) is more for weather enthusiasts than casual observers. Think of it as the Waze for weather.
The database relies on more than 200,000 amateur and professional weather stations to deliver local forecasts. However, it allows crowd reporting to help verify forecasts as you post your own sky and hazard reports.
Though Weather Underground is the oldest online weather service (or maybe because of this), generous access to data can make the app difficult to navigate. However, it is possible to customize and simplify what you see so that the app only shows the weather information you find most interesting or pertinent.
Unlike others on this list, the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) app is more for emergency readiness than weather prediction, making it a good one to have on your phone no matter which of the other best weather apps you download.
The FEMA app allows you to receive reports from the National Weather Service for up to five locations, and also allows you to store safety reminders, tips for natural disasters, and customizable emergency checklists.
In a worse case scenario, it also allows you to locate nearby shelters and speak with FEMA personnel on the phone.
WeatherBug (iOs, Andriod)
WeatherBug won Appy Awards’ “Best Weather App” in 2016. Backed by the largest professional grade weather stations in North America, this app is capable of providing “Spark Lightning Alerts”, where you can receive lightning-fast alerts for a dangerous thunderstorm. In fact, the app claims to be able to provide the alerts 50% faster than their competition. There’s also an Apple Watch app if you use the device.
Combining complete world weather data with high-end gaming technology and stunning graphics, MeteoEarth is the most fun app on the list of the best weather apps. Simple finger commands allow you to zoom in and out as you spin around the world, checking the weather in your hometown before taking a peek at what’s happening in South Africa. Additionally, the ability to pause, rewind and move forward in time through the weather forecast maps is almost as much fun as it is informative.
TheWeatherChannel (iOs, Android)
It should be no surprise to find The Weather Channel app on this list. In addition to its cognitive home screen, which changes based on your location to ensure that you are getting the most relevant weather information, the app has an amazing selection of customizable, real-time weather alerts. Additionally, they offer all of the essentials, such as severe weather alerts and breaking news alerts, as well as lightning alerts, daily rain alerts and pollen alerts. Note the included Apple Watch app.
Not your standard weather app, WeatherShot by InstaWeather makes our list for the best weather apps because it brings something a bit new to the field. The app watermarks interesting weather and location information onto your photos that can then be shared to your social media sites.
There are some complaints about the large watermark on the free version of this app. So, if that’s a deal breaker, upgrade to WeatherShot Pro. Either way, don’t hesitate to make your friends jealous when you’re holidaying in Italy and they’re dealing with a cold front in Minnesota.
While most of the best weather apps focus on giving you the information you need to stay dry and safe from dangerous storms, UVmeter helps keep you healthy when it’s not storming. The single function of the app is to check the UV Index at your current location, giving you the information you need when it comes to how much more sunblock to put on.
If it’s important to you, there is an Apple Watch app for UVmeter.
The Best Weather Apps in 2017
Though the best weather apps are helpful when you have a strong internet connection, at those times when you most need to know what’s happening with the weather, connections can often be weak or nonexistent. To prevent yourself from literally being caught out in the rain and to protect yourself from an inbound lightning storm, the only surefire way to stay on top of weather conditions is with a handheld monitor.
The INO Weather Pro weather monitor gives you lightning detection up to 40 miles away and includes all the meteorological information you expect, such as temperature, pressure, humidity, heat index, dew point, and altitude, in an easy to use device that fits in your pocket.
So, download a couple of the best weather apps and alerts to stay up to date on your phone and other devices, but keep safe out there and pack your weather monitor as well for when connectivity is bad, or a lightning storm is imminent.
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