Yahoo! Weather (Free) by Yahoo! is fairly self-explanatory. It’s a weather app released by Yahoo, the company that supplies data to Apple for the stock iOS weather app. There may be a slew of weather apps in the App Store, but there’s always room for an app that provides a clean, easy-to-use experience with fantastic visuals, and Yahoo Weather does just that.
Most of us probably don’t associate Yahoo with stellar design, but the new weather app may just change that. Yahoo Weather is photo-centric, incorporating photos from the Yahoo-owned photo site Flickr. It displays beautiful high resolution pictures taken near your location. The photos are designed to match not only location, but time of day and weather condition, which is neat.
The pictures are the main focus of the app, and will change on a regular basis. To keep the photos at the forefront of the screen, the weather is displayed in just one corner, but the design works well. The current temperature (along with highs and lows) is done in an easy-to-read white font that shows up clearly against all of the chosen backgrounds.
While the main screen is minimalistic, Yahoo Weather contains a wealth of information. Simply swipe upwards on the screen to scroll down, revealing a daily forecast, a weekly forecast, and a map.
If you scroll down even further, you will see details about the current weather conditions, precipitation predictions, wind and pressure, and both sunrise and sunset times. There are even interactive maps with satellite, heat, wind, and radar settings. It’s essentially all of the information you could ask for from a weather app.
You’re not limited to your current location, either. Tap the plus button to add any city in the world and then use side swipes to access the additional locations. Each location has unique photos to look at, which makes it fun to add random places to see what you might find. You can swipe downwards to refresh your weather feed at any time.
I have tried several weather apps in the past. While I like the stark simplicity of choices like Haze and Solar, Yahoo Weather’s stream of Flickr photos are irresistible as well, and the weather predictions themselves look to be entirely accurate. Yahoo Weather is entirely free, so there’s no reason not to check it out. It may just replace your current favorite weather app.