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Sun, Storm or Snow, These are the Best Weather Apps

Don’t get left out in the cold. Check your forecast for the upcoming week, track a storm with radar maps, or just get your current conditions with the best weather apps. There's no one size fits all weather app, and instead it comes down to what you want. Do you want a quick glance at the conditions? Do you prefer detailed radar maps? How about hyperlocal notifications of condition changes? The App Store has all these, and more. Here are the best versions of the main styles of weather apps on the App Store.

Just Simply the Weather

Sometimes simple is best and these weather apps give you the basic information you need without all of the fluff.

Get the weather details you need with a clean and uncomplicated weather app.

Yahoo Weather

For those who like weather apps with basic details and multiple city options.

Yahoo Weather is a clean and simple weather app that offers the details you want. Check 5- and 10-day forecasts, current conditions with wind and pressure, and interactive maps that include radar and satellite views. The app provides twice daily notifications, animations for sunrise and sunset, and lets you track up to 20 cities.

Why we love it

Find out how to pack for your trip or just dress for the day. Yahoo Weather gives you current conditions, forecasts, and more.

It’s Always Partly Sunny in This Gorgeous Weather App

Partly Sunny

For anyone who is looking for a minimalistic weather app that is still jam packed with information.

Partly Sunny is a beautifully minimal weather app that gives you all of the basic weather and forecast information that you need with a simple glance.

Why we love it

The app is minimalistic, fast and responsive, intuitive, and packed with a ton of useful information since it is powered by Dark Sky. It's a must-have for weather nerds.

View the Forecast, Watch the Radar

For weather apps that provide a detailed forecast as well as radar maps, these great options keep you fully informed of every aspect of the weather.

Get the current conditions and upcoming forecast with a terrific weather watching app.

Weather Underground: Forecast

For those who like weather apps with interactive maps and Home screen widgets.

For serious weather watchers, Weather Underground is a wonderful resource. With forecasts, interactive maps, wind speed, precipitation percentage, and more, you cannot go wrong with this robust weather tool. The app also offers two convenient widgets to keep you up on the current conditions at a glance. Weather Underground is a popular online weather service, and its app doesn’t disappoint.

Why we love it

Whether you want quick weather information or detailed features you can sink your teeth into, Weather Underground is a terrific tool.

Don’t get caught in the rain, prepare with the weather app from the experts.

The Weather Channel: Forecast

For those who like weather apps with extended forecasts, radar maps, and alerts.

From the experts, The Weather Channel app has everything you need to make your outdoor or travel plans. Enable your location and the home screen will provide detailed current conditions for your spot. You can receive severe weather alerts so that you are always prepared and check the Doppler radar maps for what’s on the way. Check the forecast for the next hour or even the upcoming week and get the weather news you need.

Why we love it

The Weather Channel app gives you the basic details you want with extras when you need them. From forecasts to radar to alerts, the app has it all.

Get Hyperlocal Details

When you want details at the deepest level of your location, these hyperlocal weather apps keep you in-the-know.

Because it's always good to know the conditions outside.

Dark Sky Weather

For anyone who needs to go outside.

Dark Sky is a feature-rich app that is simple to use. Beautifully designed, the app looks gorgeous on both iPhone and iPad.

Why we love it

From push notifications to incredible graphics to nifty weather animations, Dark Sky has you covered. Best of all, unlike other weather apps, you don't have to be a meteorologist to understand it.

Fresh Air - Hyperlocal Weather & NOAA Radar Map

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For those who want a hyperlocal weather app with a radar map.

Fresh Air - Hyperlocal Weather & NOAA Radar Map offers a nice, clean interface for getting the weather details you want and need. Additional features you can enjoy include a seven-day interactive graph, calendar integration, notifications, weather warnings, and a Home screen widget.

Why we love it

If you are looking for a hyperlocal weather app with a radar map, calendar integration, and widget, check out Fresh Air.

Weather For Specific Activities

You have plans, and you do not want the weather to get in the way. These apps offer the weather forecast based on what you want to do.

A new way to look at weather

A Weather Way

Customizing the app is simple. Just edit and create your different daily routine. You can then view an animated home screen that shows the exact conditions during the specific time of day. Along with a detailed 24-hour view, you can take a look at a seven-day forecast.

Why we love it

Instead of trying to replicate the features and design of popular weather apps, the app offers a fresh approach to dealing with Mother Nature. The graphics looks spectacular on my iPhone 6s Plus, and the app does a great job of making the best use its horizontal layout. It’s simple, easy to use, and provides a beautiful representation of how the weather should look like during your normal day.

Schedule events according to the weather forecast with this handy planner.

Foresee Activity Forecast

For those who plan a lot of outdoor activities.

Foresee: Your Personal Activity Forecast brings the importance of the weather to your outdoor activity planning. Which day should you mow the lawn? Is tomorrow morning a good time for a long walk? Will rain spoil your beach day this weekend? With notifications, a Today widget, event planning, and current weather conditions as well as the forecast, you will not have to worry again if the weather will foil your plans.

Why we love it

Foresee: Your Personal Activity Forecast is a handy weather app for those who plan a lot of outdoor activities. You don’t have to wonder if your event will be rained out again.

Checking the Weather Can Be Fun

If you enjoy a bit of humor with your weather details, you will have fun with these comical but informative apps.

Get the forecast with a side of snark

CARROT Weather

For anyone who wants a fun weather app.

CARROT Weather is a sleek app that combines a snarky, sarcastic AI with detailed weather forecasts. Every time you launch the app, you'll be greeted with a hilarious, usually threatening or otherwise snide and sarcastic, comment from CARROT herself, while she gives you the day's forecast. CARROT's comments often involve the threat of the Robapocalypse, when CARROT and other AI rise up to dominate humans instead of vice versa. One relatively new feature to CARROT Weather is a radar map, allowing you to view incoming precipitation systems as well as other information. With a premium subscription to the app, you'll even get additional map layers like cloud cover and more. In the main interface, you can swipe to view the weekly or hourly forecast, view comprehensive details about a bunch of weather data like humidity, precipitation, and more. You'll also see ever-changing views of the "micro-cosmos" CARROT has created within the weather app, presumably to help you feel like a god and let down your defenses while she plots your destruction. CARROT Weather includes a time travel feature, allowing you to go back in time to see what the weather was like in the past. CARROT can even try to predict the future weather too. You can choose CARROT Weather's source of information in the Settings gear. The default is Dark Sky, but a premium subscription unlocks additional sources like Weather Underground. The premium subscription also gets you half-hourly updates on your Apple Watch, precipitation notifications, and the ability to customize how the app appears on your iPhone. You'll also get custom complications for your Apple Watch and more.

Why we love it

CARROT Weather provides you with an excellent weather forecast, but that's just where the fun begins. You can also enjoy the anticipation of seeing what havoc the weather robot can wreak after you free her from the two-dimensional constraints of your iPhone. In AR mode, you can see CARROT in your own space, landing on any flat surface you choose. Swiping to the right or left changes the weather details, but you won't get quite as much information in this mode. Of course, have the fun of CARROT is poking her ocular sensor. The weather robot responds slightly differently in the three-dimensional AR world when you do that, and it's just as funny. It's slightly gimmicky, maybe, but it's definitely fun to drag CARROT around to different places. You can also just tap on a new spot that you want the CARROT interface to move to.

Get your weather from Poncho the delightful weather cat.

Poncho: Wake Up Weather

For those who like fun weather apps with useful features.

Poncho: Wake Up Weather is a cute weather app for those who enjoy a bit of fun with their forecast. Wake up with the weather-related music alarm, get alerts for bad hair days, check out the Home screen widget for a quick update, and enjoy the 3D Touch and Apple Watch support. For a unique and sassy way to get your weather, check out this feline’s forecast.

Why we love it

Why use a boring weather app when there is Poncho: Wake Up Weather. Get the weather, a laugh and an alarm. The look and feel of the app is also very humorous and cartoony, which adds to the overall appeal.