Staying informed about the weather keeps you prepared for your day and can even serve as a good conversation starter for small talk with strangers. Checking the weather on your phone makes it easier than ever.
While your iPhone includes the built-in Weather app, sometimes it doesn’t offer enough detailed data. If you want something more, there are a ton of options on the App Store. These are the best iPhone weather apps we’ve found.
1. The Weather Channel
When it comes to weather, it’s hard to beat The Weather Channel.
The Weather Channel app for iPhone greets you with a simple interface that still packs in a ton of detailed information. You’ll get the daily, hourly, and even a 15-day forecast, along with wind speed, humidity, and UV index information. The app also informs you of any weather-related road conditions in the area. It rounds out with news stories and videos about local and national storms, or scientific discoveries relating to weather and nature.
You can download the app for free and use most features. A Premium Pro subscription disables all ads and provides other additions like a 192-hour forecast, a 72-hour future radar, and more.
Download: The Weather Channel (Free, subscription available)
2. Weather Radar
For those seeking even more detailed weather forecasts and radar maps, MyRadar is worth a download.
MyRadar is fast and super easy-to-use for anyone. It opens up to a full HD map that displays live radar of the weather in your general vicinity. In addition to the weather maps, you get an hourly and five-day forecast as well, with precipitation graphs, humidity, dew point, and visibility details.
All the data in MyRadar comes from raw NOAA weather radar data, which in turn comes from the National Weather Service. Thus, you know that the data reflected in MyRadar is as accurate as it comes.
The app is free to download. There is a premium subscription that disables all ads and provides additional features including historical radar and a hurricane tracker.
Download: MyRadar Weather Radar (Free, subscription available)
3. Weather Strip
For a truly visual look at the weather, try out the beautiful Weather Strip. The app showcases an hourly view of a location for the next week. That provides a perfect way for you to decide the best time to go outside or to check on what Mother Nature has in store at a particular time during an event or another outdoor activity. For example, you can see the cloud cover, the chance of rain, temperature, and much more for each hour.
Thanks to an interactive map, you can see the forecast for any location on Earth. It also offers a host of home screen and lock screen widgets with different data points.
The app is free to download, and you can try out everything it has to offer during a two-week, free trial. After that, you’ll need a subscription to use the app. There are two different tiers to select from.
Download: Weather Strip (Free, subscription available)
4. CARROT Weather
If you want an informative weather app with a mix of sarcasm, snark, and wit, then you should check out CARROT Weather.
CARROT features a gorgeous interface that still displays all the information that matters. You’ll find your current temperature, what it feels like, precipitation chance, wind direction and speed, plus an hourly and 7-day forecast.
The feature that sets CARROT apart from others is that you’re greeted with a snarky computer AI (named CARROT) every time you launch the app. She’s full of personality and will give you a random quip on launch, providing you with witty takes on current events or news in the tech industry.
You can download the app for free. There are two additional subscription tiers that unlock different features.
CARROT Weather is also a perfect way to check the weather on the Mac.
Download: CARROT Weather ($4)
Take your weather watching to a new level with RadarScope. Made for weather enthusiasts and meteorologists, the app provides super-resolution radar data, weather warnings, predicted storm tracks, and much more. All the radar infraction is native data for the highest possible level of detail.
You can easily zoom in and out and scroll around the map. There are 289 radars to select from in the United States and other locations around the world. All the data will automatically and intelligently update every 2 to 10 minutes depending on the radar.
Along with the iPhone, it’s also one of the best Apple Watch weather apps.
There are two additional subscription tiers available along with the app purchase. Tier One offers real-time lighting data that animates and provides up to 30 frames of radar data. Tier Two offers that and additional advanced features like local storm reports.
Download: RadarScope ($9.99, subscription available)
6. Yahoo Weather
Yahoo Weather brings the weather to life with a stunning interface that focuses on actual photographs from where you are.
With Yahoo Weather, you get accurate hourly, five-day, and 10-day forecasts that will keep you prepared no matter what the weather brings. All the weather information is displayed as an overlay on top of a Flickr photograph of your location, which reflects the current weather conditions as well.
So if it’s raining right now, the photograph will display rain. This helps you visualize how it looks outside, making it feel more personalized.
True weather geeks can customize Yahoo Weather to display as much or as little information as you want. There’s the option to show live radar maps, precipitation information, sun and wind, and much more.
Download: Yahoo Weather (Free)
7. Mercury Weather
Mercury Weather is a simple option without the bells and whistles found in other apps. Instead it focuses on providing a top-notch and beautiful look at the weather at your location and anywhere else you can imagine.
Set a home location to see an hourly forecast for the next 48 hours. You can also see a daily update for the next week. Choosing a date will give additional information like rainfall, humidity, wind, and other information like sunrise and sunset times.
The app is free to use. A subscription is needed to use the app on your Apple Watch and unlock additional features including lock screen widgets, home screen widgets, and historical weather information.
Download: Mercury Weather (Free, subscription available)
Our Favorite Weather Apps for iPhone
You definitely don’t have to be happy with getting your weather update from the stock Apple app.
As you can see, the App Store offers a wide variety of weather apps that provide a look at Mother Nature.
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