Last updated: January 9, 2023

Accuweather

Accuweather is an app and website that’s available on any and every platform- from browser to android, you can install and use this whatever you’re using. It has an easy interface to understand, and a wide range of features: humidity, RealFeel (which is a feature showing the temperature as how it’ll feel compared to the real temperature), pollen levels, and local government warnings on weather near you. The downsides are that it’s not a completely ad-free experience, but this is not something that’ll affect your experience too much! The weather radar can also be a little confusing to use.

Pros:

  • Accessible via website as well as app
  • Wide range of features
  • Local government warnings

Cons:

  • Not ad-free
  • Weather radar interface can be confusing

Carrotweather

Carrot Weather’s unique interface has an AI that describes the weather in a snarky manner, making your weather forecasts seem like they’re coming from a real, sarcastic human. It contains a lot of features, though some are only accessible if you’re willing to pay money- if you want to upgrade from the free subscription but don’t want to spend too much, Carrot Weather offers a variety of tiers so you can enjoy benefits without paying as much as the full-price plan. From any tier, you can see quaint infographics.

Pros:

  • Unique, customisable language interface
  • Range of forecasts
  • Easy to understand infographics

Cons:

  • Some features behind paywall

The Weather Channel

The weather channel isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as other platforms, but the range of features it has will more than make up for it. The weather radar boasts a current and 6 hours into the future prediction range, and you can also see dry skin index, umbrella index, uv index, and mosquito index, all helpful in knowing whether you’ll need to prep yourself before heading out. Connected to the news, you can access a social network in-app- this will require you pay for the Premium tier, however.

Pros:

  • Wide range of features
  • 6-hour future radar
  • News accessible in-app

Cons:

  • Some subscription tiers can feel restricting
  • Not ad-free

Yahoo Weather

Yahoo is a well-known platform, and this weather app comes directly from them! With its sleek and attractive interface, it is extremely easy to navigate and understand. It comes with all the classic weather app features: interactive radar, heat, and satellite apps. The widgets are as simple and clean as the app is. However, it is not an ad-free experience, and it has limited forecasts. If you’re planning more than a week ahead, this app may not be for you.

Pros:

  • Attractive interface
  • User-friendly
  • Provides interactive radar, heat, satellite maps

Cons:

  • Limited forecasts
  • Simple
  • Not ad-free

Clime

Also known as NOAA radar Pro focuses on the weather radar as the selling point of the app, and provides you with real-time information about the weather around you and how it’s changing over time. On top of this, you can see satellite weather imagery that can be filtered to see different levels of temperature, precipitation, and so on. If you’re an iOS user, Clime has extra appeal in its easily customisable widgets. However, some of these features require you to pay a significant subscription price to access.

Pros:

  • Real-time radar
  • Satellite weather imagery accessible
  • Easily customisable widgets

Cons:

  • Some features behind significant paywall
  • Limited forecasts

1Weather

Simple and easy to look at, 1Weather has all the basic features you’d need, along with a wide range of widgets for both Android and iOS users. It has minute-by-minute forecasts so you can see how the weather will play out- vital if you need to go somewhere but don’t want to get caught in the rain. These forecasts go up to 48 hours in advance! To get daily forecasts that go up to 10 days as well as an ad-free experience, you’ll need to pay. Luckily, the paywall is extremely affordable.

Pros:

  • Wide range of widgets
  • minute-by-minute forecasts
  • Affordable subscription plan

Cons:

  • some longer-range predictions behind paywall

Weatherbug

For those in areas with lots of hurricanes or natural events, Weatherbug lets you see forecasts for them so you can make sure to schedule your plans around them. Combined with local government warnings, you can be sure you’ll be safe from danger outside. This app has a lot of features available, though it’s presented in a less appealing interface. Pulling data from weather services, satellites, and tracking stations, Weatherbug is extra accurate in its real-time weather forecast. If you’re unsure about going for the paid tier which removes ads, you can experience the 24 hour free trial.

Pros:

  • Hurricane forecasts accessible
  • Wide range of features
  • Pulls data from weather services, satellites, tracking stations

Cons:

  • Not ad-free
  • Americans may benefit the most due to Doppler radar

IQAir AirVisual Air Quality Forecast

As the name suggests, you can be sure you’ll be getting a ton of information about air, specifically air quality. This data will be presented visually and helpfully onto maps so you can check how much pollution is affecting your area; it can be especially useful if you’re living in an area prone to wildfires. IQAir can be even more accurate in its readings if you have an IQAir monitor inside your home, and adjust your lifestyle accordingly. If you want more detailed information on weather forecasting, you’ll have to look for an alternative, but IQAir certainly excels in what it does.

Pros:

  • Visual data about air quality
  • Able to sync with IQAir’s monitors
  • Easily navigable interface

Cons:

  • Limited forecasts
  • Less about weather and more focused on air quality

Weather on the Way

Weather on the Way, or alternatively known as On the Way, this handy weather app has a unique selling point of focusing on weather conditions specific to the route you’re driving. If you’re going on a long-haul roadtrip, this is perfect with its navigation feature in combination with local government warnings on weather events, particularly if you’re planning to drive through areas of precipitation which could affect your driving experience. It’s customisable, but requires payment if you want more advanced features such as alternative route options. It may also be limited functionality if you live outside of America.

Pros:

  • Unique feature of offering navigation according to weather
  • Warnings from local government
  • Customisable

Cons:

  • Some features behind a significant paywall
  • Most functionality limited to America

Windy

Windy focuses on presenting the weather data it has visually, a variety of colours projected onto maps. You can check a great range of forecasts this way, such as wind, rain and thunder, temperature, cloud cover, and air quality. On top of these, it’ll help you track hurricanes which may be coming near you, though this is limited to those who live in America. It can take a while to get used to the interface. It’s got a seriously impressive weather radar appeal once you learn the app, but the paywall can be pricey for those on a budget.

Pros:

  • Detailed visual forecasts
  • Hurricane tracking feature
  • Range of features available visually

Cons:

  • Main focus is wind direction
  • Maps limited to America

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