Posted on: January 31, 2019 by Partners Bank

The 5 Weather Apps Most Reliable for Sniffing Out Weather Forecasts

Posted on: January 31, 2019 by Partners Bank

The 5 Weather Apps Most Reliable for Sniffing Out Weather Forecasts

After all the hullabaloo subsided over last month’s nor’easter predictions and we were left with less snow than forecasted, I decided it was high time to investigate the most reliable weather apps. Watching my humans fret and pace around the house as they tuned into news broadcasts to track the oncoming storm gave rise to the thought: why aren’t they relying on technology for their weather predictions? And so, my hunt began!

I combed the internet for the most accurate weather apps with the best features, and narrowed my list to five:

The Weather Channel (TWC)
Free; Available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone

This is probably the most widely known app for weather forecasting, and for obvious reasons. An extension of The Weather Channel broadcast service, the TWC app provides a wealth of meteorological data sourced from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as well as from machine learning tools powered by IBM. Users will find hourly updates for temperature, wind and visibility, and current road and traffic conditions. An extended 10-day forecast is also available, as well as interactive maps using Doppler radar (what meteorologists on TV use) to predict and show precipitation amounts and types. This app also sends alerts for severe weather warnings issued by state and county and includes social sharing features so real people can upload real weather happenings and add to up-to-the-moment accuracy.

Dark Sky
Free on Android; $3.99/year on iOS

The hyper-local forecasting of this weather app has been deemed impressive and “freakishly accurate” by many users. In fact, while on the hunt for weather apps, I found out that Dark Sky powers the forecasts and weather predictions for a host of other weather app services. Most recently, Dark Sky has been updated to include precipitation maps by the hour, including a precipitation graph, and to-the-moment (down to the minute) for forecasted temperatures. This powerful app still features hourly forecasts, severe weather alerts and customizable notifications for temperature, rain, snowfall, humidity and—in case you have sensitive skin—UV index. You can even get a “weather digest” to show on your lock screen!

1Weather
Free; Available on Android and iOS

Aptly named (in my opinion) for predicting the true weather pattern in your area, this app has been around for a while on Android and is now available on iOS! 1Weather provides quick summaries of current weather conditions and forecasts at hourly, 10-day and an astounding 12-week timeline progression. It also provides detailed radar maps with customizable layers of data, so you can get down to the nitty-gritty or stay at a top-level view of the weather. This app also comes with widgets and user-enabled notifications for sever weather alerts.

AccuWeather
Free; Available on Android and iOS

For those humans who are constantly out and about (seems to be all the humans I meet in Maine!), this may be the app to answer your weather prayers. Why just get hourly, daily and 15-day weather forecasts when you can integrate them into your smartphone calendar?! That’s right, AccuWeather allows users to integrate its weather predicting services right into your calendar, so you can make outdoor plans accordingly! You can also see a minute-by-minute progression of weather for two-hour chunks at a time. And, of course, receive up to the moment alerts for severe weather events like snow, thunderstorms, high winds and tornadoes (that last one may not seem important, but with recent microburst sighting, I’m not leaving anything up to chance).

Weather Underground
Free; Available on Android and iOS

Crowdsourcing for weather forecasts? (No, it’s not a social media challenge.) You might want to see it if you don’t believe it; this handy app truly relies on more than 250,000 personal “neighborhood” weather stations for its data as well as the National Weather Service! Weather Underground is a great app to verify reported forecasts from elsewhere. Users can create custom weather maps using this crowdsourced data and overlaying all the information together for one truly reliable weather forecast. Like the others, you’ll receive hourly forecasts up to 10 days, and all the severe weather alerts and moment-by-moment weather notifications.

As they say, when it rains it pours. Searching the ‘net for reliable weather apps opened the flood gates for research on other app services I’ve missed. Hopefully you’ll find these apps helpful for predicting the next storm, or when it’s foggy enough to sneak up on your cat-sister (OK, so maybe I’m the only one who thinks that last one is funny).

‘Til next time,
Your pawsitively pawesome pal Cache