AccuWeather, Carrot, More Weather Apps Channel Overdrop Underground
It’s that time of year when you wake up and wonder what the weather will be like today. Some days seem warmer, some nights seem extra chilly, rain always seems to be lurking in the air, and if you happen to be in a big city, there’s a good chance you might be wondering about the dim view you get of the sun outside is a result of fog or smog. If you’re often caught off guard by the weather, maybe it’s time you decided to get an app to help you out.
As with so many things in life, there are apps for the weather too. And while most of them deliver largely similar information, they do so in different styles and ways, some emphasizing one factor, some emphasizing others.
So if you need some app help figuring out what the weather is going to be like not just today or tomorrow, but even a few days down the road, we suggest you try out the following six apps:
Please note that all apps are available on both Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
Yahoo Weather: Basic information, great photos
There was a time when Yahoo was the Google of the tech world, but as time went on, the tech giant took a back seat. Now, Yahoo may not be as much a part of our lives as it once was, but it still has some very good apps that can come in handy every now and then.
One such app is their weather app, Yahoo weather. It’s a simple, clean and easy-to-use weather app that fetches weather details for you in no time.
Like most weather apps, it will require your location to tell you what the weather looks like nearby.
When you open the app, it will greet you with a Flickr photo as a background (usually of a region near your location). At the bottom of this image you will find basic details about what the weather around you will be like on the day in question.
To get a more detailed, hour by hour weather update, you can simply scroll down to a new page, and you will get hourly weather information for your area. The app also shares information about precipitation and air quality and also has the option of viewing weather forecasts for up to 10 days.
The app is simple and the beautiful images in the background give it a certain prominent character.
Clean graphics, simple information – it’s a pretty simple app that does the basics well, and if you want to keep it simple and subtle, the Yahoo Weather app will be perfect for you.
Carrot weather: Have an attitude
Can a weather app be chatty and have a personality of its own? Well, carrot weather proves it can.
In fact, it literally comes with four personalities that you can choose from – friendly, snarky, murderous and overkill (includes profanity). Depending on the personality you choose, Carrot Weather will add some commentary to the weather information it delivers.
The weather data itself is impressive, as it comes from Apple-acquired Dark Sky, but it’s the comments that make this app special.
We would advise the sensitive to steer clear of the app or stick to the friendly mode.
The F-word is thrown around like confetti and you may be addressed as “meatbag” during the setup process.
There’s a bit of wit too – you get both sun and moon conditions.
There is hourly information for the day, including data on UV index, pressure and humidity, but we could not find anything on air quality.
Paying out some cash will unlock a few more features, and we think the app also works better on iOS than on Android. Perfect for those who want a cheeky rather than a classy (read basic) weather app.
The Weather Channel: For the weather enthusiast
We’re now entering the serious weather enthusiast zone where people want to know more than just whether they need to bring an umbrella or jacket when they go out.
The Weather Channel comes from IBM, and it’s packed with so much information that it can get a little overwhelming at times.
You get hourly updates and daily forecasts, and there’s also a dedicated air quality section, with information on various pollutants that are in the air.
The app also recommends what kind of activity the weather is suitable for and even its effect on your skin and on insects (there’s a mosquito index).
There’s even extensive weather-related news for those who want to know how the weather is making headlines in other parts of the world. This is strictly for the conservation geek in you. If you want to know more than just forecasts, get this app STAT.
AccuWeather: Clean design with lots of information
AccuWeather is one of the most popular weather apps out there because it tries to strike a middle ground between delivering a truckload of information and keeping the interface relatively clean. The app generally has a strong central theme color and displays well distributed information.
It also provides a hint of expected weather at the very top of your screen, so if it expects a sudden drop in temperature or some precipitation, it will say so at the top, so you don’t have to dig deeper into the app. . You get hourly updates and forecasts for the days ahead, as well as detailed information about air quality.
There is even an allergy section, not just for the day, but for the week ahead, which can be very useful for those planning trips.
There’s also some weather-related news and even radar layers with different weather conditions on a map if you’re into that sort of thing.
A very good app to have if you want detailed information about the weather without drowning in it.
Weather Underground: Weather near you
Weather Underground might be the best app for you if you’re looking for extremely local weather conditions. The app pulls data from more than 200,000 personal weather stations to give you detailed weather information about not just generic areas, but actual locations in many cases.
There’s even a hurricane tracker and a storm radar for severe weather alerts.
This app also comes from IBM, and there’s an abundance of information out there – you don’t just get hour-by-hour weather forecasts for the current day (as in most apps), but actually hour-by-hour weather forecasts for the the next couple of days.
You also get information on air quality and UV index, and lots of radar images. Again, this one is for those who want detailed weather information. But no weather news.
Overdrop: Be with a theme
Overdrop comes with weather data from Dark Sky, Accuweather and WeatherBit, so if accurate and reliable weather information is what you’re looking for, this app has you covered.
You get your usual hourly forecast, air quality index, weather radar and a weekly forecast too. However, the spin on the app is the fact that it comes with themes, so you can actually change the look and feel.
You can choose something colorful or something more discreet.
Given how complicated some weather apps can get, we love the attempt to give us some control over how Overdrop looks and feels.