Weather plays an inevitable role in our everyday decision making of planning our outdoor activities, from daily routine commuting between the workplace and home to plan a vacation or just a nearby outing with friends and family. It helps to be informed about the weather conditions before deciding to plan these things. Now how to do that in case you are not a keen follower of weather updates provided by TV news channels, and even if you do, they might not provide you with a forecast much in advance so that you can plan accordingly. The Weather Channel app is a solution to all these issues. Get it on your Android phones and get the most accurate and relevant weather information whenever the weather matters to you. With 200+ meteorologists and ultra-local forecasting technology, the app provides you with the weather tools that will help you plan your day, week, or even the next hour.
The App has a very intuitive user interface. You start the app and you have to provide your location with its Voice Search or let the app determine it just by the click of button right next to the ‘Voice Search’ icon. See the image below.
Done that, you’ll see all the widgets showcasing all that the app has to offer at the bottom of the screen – Weather, Maps, Severe, Videos, iWitness & Settings. Tap on ‘Weather’ and you’ll see all weather info of your location at the current time covering temperature, Dew point, Relative humidity, wind speed, time of sunrise and sunset. Other than this, get some basic overview of the weather forecast on hourly, 36 hours and 10 days basis as well.
The app also features
- Animated & customizable radar maps with Google Maps functionality
- Severe weather alerts – US and Europe only
- watch Local and popular pictures and videos and also shoot yourself and share them under the ‘iWitness’ section
You can also choose the Unit of Measure amongst the 3 given options; sign up for pollen alerts(for US locations); choose between Most Severe, Moderate Severe & All alerts and make other suitable settings. For any other query, the app’s ‘Tips and Tricks’ section under ‘Settings’ has done a very good job. Available for free from the Google Play(Android Market), it’s a must have app on your mobile devices. Note that it requires an internet connectivity to work.
Another similar app is the Weather Bug that gives you the access to the largest network of professional weather stations in North America and thousands of locations around the world which has never been easier. Its unique features are the Doppler Radar (Touch anywhere map technology allows user to “drop a pin” and view current weather conditions for that location which include temperature, wind speeds and more) and Weather Cams(View live images from more than 2,000 weather cameras across the U.S. to get a better picture of the weather around you). Also has a upgrade version, the Weather Bug Elite(buy for Rs 99.39) that is 100% ads free and has many other enhanced features.
Then there is WeatherPro app that you can buy for Rs 164.58 from the market that features high quality 7-day forecasts and weather reports for over two million locations worldwide. Highlights include global satellite plus radar for the USA, UK and much of Europe. The fantastic Live Wallpaper that enables you to instantly see the weather at your selected location before you even open the app makes the app different from its other counterparts. You can get the HD version of the same app for about Rs 219.66
Gismeteo Weather Forecast LITE app with its simple yet effective features can also be good pick in this segment and is also available for free. Nice and easy user interface and very simple ‘settings’ section makes using this app a delightful experience.
And if animation is what that keeps the adrenaline rush in your body, Animated Weather Widget&Clock is the app for you. But you need to shed some bucks too for a unique and mind-boggling experience. The app’s highlight is the Digital Clock widget 4×2 with Weather forecast. Also the exquisitely realistic video effects of cloudiness, rain and snow along with the vivid sensation of current or future weather makes it a mind-boggling weather app.
So, choose a one, free or the paid, according to your needs, the app’s features and your pocket and keep yourself updated with the weather for your location and around for the current moment or the future forecast so that you can plan your outings accordingly and weather may not be the hindrance.