I seem to have many friends with iPhones who’ve barely scratched the surface of its capabilities, and many of them often ask me to recommend apps or help them with problems. In light of that, I want to recommend a couple of excellent weather apps that just hit the scene. I know that there are a bazillion weather apps in the store right now, most free some paid, but I can’t imagine how you can do much better than these, and both are free.
I have used the Weather.com and the Accuweather apps over the years, and while they provide copious amounts of meteorological data, most of the time I want to know just a two things: Current temperature and the extended forecast. With this app, launch it and it’s done and done. Forecast also provides a map showing the movement of weather systems. Two or three taps and you have all you need. There’s no videos or complicated animations. Just good, clean info.
I also like the fact that this is a web app, meaning you don’t need to download it from the App Store. Just go to this link, and tap on the Add to Home Screen icon at the bottom of your screen. You’re good to go.
Under the leadership of Marissa Meyer, Yahoo has gone on a tear updating a broad array of their apps and services. Their latest weather app seems to apply Meyer’s clean, uncluttered design aesthetic. Simply put, it’s gorgeous, and the fact that it ties into Flickr and displays images tagged for your location, you also get a beautiful photo gallery of your local scenery.
Yahoo Weather displays more information than Forecast on its home screen, but the first thing you see after launch is simply the temperature and current conditions. A quick flick and a bevy of information scrolls up, including extended forecast, wind speed and pressure, a map, and a graphic display of sunrise and sunset times.
A Yahoo account is not required, but I’m guessing that if you have a Flickr account and you start to upload images from your location, they’ll appear on the App. Let me know if that happens for you.
I’m so conflicted about which one I like better, I’m keeping both on my phone for the foreseeable future. Over the past week or so since the Yahoo app came out, I find myself going back and forth between the two, with a slight edge going to Forecast. Your mileage may vary. Find the app in the App store.