11 Best Weather Apps for 2022
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With climate change leading to uncalled for weather conditions, it has become quite important to have a weather app on your phone.
But, is one particular app always enough to ensure you don’t get caught in the storm?
Regular weather app users understand the dilemma that comes with discrepant weather conditions: you check the glass panel of your smartphone and then you look at the glass window – and everything seems opposite.
To save you time, energy and help you plan ahead, here are 10 best weather apps to keep an eye on what’s happening in the sky!
1. Accu Weather – The Best Weather App
This weather app is the flagship product of Accu Weather, a giant American company popular for its legacy-level weather research and journalism. The app’s performance is an accurate reflection of the company’s motto: combining weather data, technology and human insights to make a difference for humans and businesses.
Accu Weather’s unmatched forecasting capacities are a result of its trade secret ‘Exclusive RealFeel Temperature’. In addition, the app API leverages Accu Weather’s inherent research and deep learning technology infrastructure to notify users what’s happening in their backyards.
In addition to conventional features like hourly, daily and weekly updates, Accu Weather gives real-time forecasts on climatic conditions via the built-in map and supports smartphones, smart TVs and wearable devices.
Accu Weather is free to use and download and so earns through sponsored advertisements. Users can upgrade to an ad-free version with $2.99 per month. It has more than 1M downloads on Google Play and more than 1.5M on the App store.
2. Fox Weather App
The second, best weather app in the list is Fox Weather App. There are three words that the giant media and journalism company uses to describe their flagship app: Precise, Personal and Powerful. The Fox Weather is free to use and shows real-time and accurate forecasts for the coming 48 hours to the next 14 days.
Users can live stream videos, listen and watch their favorite meteorologists sharing daily weather reports. With Fox Weather’s FutureView, you can plan even a year ahead and receive notifications when weather conditions change in your current as well as starred locations.
In addition to traditional weather app features, Fox Weather app sends out push notifications when there are changes in humidity, dew point, sunrise and sunset times, UV index, air quality and so on.
3. The Weather Channel – The Best Real-Time Weather App for Travelers
The weather channel is for true weather enthusiasts, travelers and tourists. It performs crowd-sourced weather reporting and users can join their favorite meteorologists for live forecasts.
From a technical standpoint, Weather Channel is owned by TWC Product and Technology and leverages IMR (Immersive Mixed Reality) – a leading tech stack still in its experimentation phase by several other sectors. IMR, combined with real-time satellite videos and radars, is the actual explanation behind the dot accurate hourly to 150-day forecasts.
4. Dark Sky – The Weather App for iOS Users
Dark Sky is one of the rarest weather apps in this list that processes on flagship API and is not free. The company now operates under Apple and is limited to iOS users. The app has a super user-centric interface, is accurate to the dot, and has everything a millennial user would expect as ‘value of money’.
While the app is not available for Android smartphones and wearable devices, several other applications use Dark Sky’s API to pull weather data, then process it into meaningful forecasts. The app currently costs $3.99 on the App store and is limited for users from US, UK and Ireland.
Download Link for Dark Sky: iOS
5. Carrot Weather – A Social Weather App
Caroot Weather uses Dark Sky’s API and seems to be doing well for iPhone users with an average rating of 4.7. The app shows weather updates in a twisted way and allows users to get a little social with their forecasts.
Users can choose from different bots to deliver weather news, record and share their own weather update videos and check weather conditions of the past 70 years, or 10 years in the future.
Carrot is free to download and use, and shows sponsored advertisements. Users can upgrade to an ad-free version and unlock secret locations and achievements with $4.99 per month or $19.99 per year.
6. Flow X – A Complete Weather App for Android Users
Flow X is a weather tracker app for Android users and its iOS version is in the pipeline. The distinguishing feature of the app is its comparison model. It is good for free and great if users pay for the premium graph and report customization feature. This feature makes the app ideal for users planning to hike, swim, fish, sail, and so on.
The app’s database collects real-time updates from different third-party weather APIs including Accu Weather and Dar Sky’s.
Download Link for Flow X: Android
7. Samsung Weather – Complete Forecast Solution for Samsumg Users
Samsung Weather app is a flagship product limited to Samsung users, but good enough in functionality so users don’t have to see annoying advertisements in third-party apps. The app has essential features and shows everything from hourly updates to 10-day forecasts and is accurate enough so users don’t have to rely on third-party apps.
The app is built on Android app development architecture, has a robust user experience and extracts signals from Samsung devices’ passive sensors, battery temperature and magnetic flux.
8. 1Weather – A Weather App for Quick Alerts
1Weather is a fairly accurate forecast app with multiple basic to advanced features. The distinguishing characteristics of the app include the health information available on maps and the 1Weather shorts that present alert in 60 words.
The app is free to download and use. It earns from sponsored advertisements and users can upgrade to an ad-free version for only $1.99/month.
9. Weather Bug – An Advanced Weather App
This is the official business app from Weather Bug, a weather forecast company of media giant GroundTruth. From light 10-day forecasts to severe weather conditions, users can view customized reports. It has a special hurricane tracker that shows bit-sized text news so users stay prepared.
This app is one of the most comprehensive ones you’ll find online covering weather alongside traffic conditions. It uses diverse technologies including satellite cameras and multiple weather APIs.
10. What The Forecast – Weather App for Accurate Forecasts
Weather Forecast is one of the most unique weather apps available online. Users can choose from several backgrounds to view their weather updates, set customized alerts, ask for weather forecasts using text-to-speech and share local weather updates on social media platforms.
It uses NOAA (the national database) and Aeris Weather, a premium weather API that leverages leading technologies, satellite recordings, and cameras to update real-time weather forecasts.
The app is free to use and download and earns through in-app purchases.
11. Yahoo Weather – Weather App with High UX
Yahoo Weather is an app from a popular American web services provider. This is one of the most elegantly designed and minimalistic weather apps on the list. It has similar features to Accu Weather: shows accurate real-time updates on a variety of weather conditions including severe thunderstorms to local pollen count, for hours to 10-day forecasts. Users can add up to 20 cities of their choice and only swipe left to right to view their weather reports.
The application has a world-class user experience, shows high-resolution imagery and real environment photographs in the backgrounds and classic user interfaces to justify the sponsored advertisements that users would have to view as part of the package.
The Business Potential Of Weather Apps and Trackers
Ever wondered why there are so many weather apps on the stores? Firstly, users switch between different weather apps and compare alerts. Secondly, weather apps have a huge market demand, economic value and so they have turned into a lucrative business venture.
- For a free app, most users don’t mind watching an ad or two on normal days when the weather is not severe. Multiple weather appreneurs allow their users to switch to ad-free versions for a fee ranging between $1-9 and again, that’s another profitable way to capitalize on users’ need for watching real-time alerts.
- For a paid app like Dark Sky, the market is even bigger because of the robust weather API and database the app leverages.
Statistics from Aytm second the aforementioned reasons:
- 24% of survey respondents check for weather forecasts multiple times per day.
- 41% check weather every day.
- 19% check weather forecasts few times per week.
- 10% check only once per week.
- 3% never check the weather forecasts.
Appreneurs investing in weather app development can add to the solution of modern concern. With 30% of respondents planning their day based on weather app alerts and 51% somewhat trusting these apps, this investment shows growing ROIs. Building onto this, weather apps with revolutionary development approaches have a ready market demand from almost 90% of audience.
All of the 10 apps presented in this article are using best APIs, are fairly accurate and leverage emerging technologies like machine learning, mixed reality and big data. The modern tech stack, alongside ready-made weather APIs that are themselves innovating with each data point, are revolutionizing how these weather apps forecast the climatic conditions.
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Author : Saba Sohail
Saba is all about strategic leadership and tech-led transformation. She comprehends, incubates, and iterates the idea of integrating tech-powered solutions and converts her knowledge into simple, valuable, and actionable blogs for tech leaders and businesses, much like TekRevol does with their products and solutions.
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