Long gone are the days when you had to wake up early enough to catch the weather forecast on TV.Now that there is a plethora of weather apps, all competing to come up with the simplest yet most amusing features- you might find yourself using a weather app more for the sake of fun than mere information. To name a few, we’ve described our choice of top five weather apps.
This free app boasts impressive high definition weather animations and customizable clocks and widgets in multiple sizes. Its key features include weather data provided by Weather Underground on hourly and 7 day basis, temperature and instant weather advisory notifications, dynamic Google maps based on animated radar and satellite maps as well as the option to add custom web cams and other media. To ensure the most local forecasting you can switch to nearby weather stations and automatically track your location via GPS/cell. To top it all off, it gives info on Sunrise/Sunset times
and moon phase.
This vibrant app with a craftily designed interface is available for worldwide locations and provides current news and weather videos as well as social media sharing. It pushes notifications for severe weather alerts with a radar for North America and a worldwide satellite overlaying Google Maps. You also have the option to save up to 10 locations and there is a status bar on the home screen giving you the current temperature for your location.
This app features what is known as ultra-local forecasting with the “find me” feature that ensures you are getting the most relevant information. It has animated and customizable radar maps, voice search and popular videos as well as a notification bar with a severe alert indicator. It provides detailed weather conditions at hourly, 36 hour and a 10 day level. There is a Weather Channel widget for your home screen as well as a possibility to earn points redeemable for gift cards to major US stores – the latter is only available for US consumers.
Weather bug accesses the world’s largest network of weather sensors and gives targeted alerts. Its most interesting features personalize your experience by giving you Lifestyle forecasts (according to your plans for the day) and allowing you to share your info on Facebook. You can view live images from weather cams across the US and enjoy visual and video forecasts so you can understand the weather at a glance.
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