Human beings have had a long-running obsession with the weather. We love to know what’s going on outside around us. There are shows on television dedicated to weather conditions. There are people who chase mega storms to see what kind of havoc Mother Nature is capable of wreaking across the countryside. Most of us don’t know the different types of clouds, but we sure like to know what to expect for the next five days so we can plan accordingly. Even though the reliability of the science is questionable at best, we still need to be in the know.
There’s an App For That
Since the advent of smartphones, we have been into the whole app thing. We like finding apps that will simplify our experience and make it easier to obtain the information for which we are looking. We use apps for banking, work, social media, and everything else. Many people also rely on apps for their on-the-go meteorological information. Here are the must-have meteorology apps!
- AccuWeather – AccuWeather is known as one of the most reliable weather prediction services in the country. They offer convenient features like fifteen-day forecasts, however unreliable and changing it may be, to give viewers a general idea of what to expect from the weather. The app is genius, offering a service called MinuteCast that gives users a 120-minute depiction of what is happening with the weather, including the stop and start of any precipitation. It also uses AccuWeather’s patented Real Feel temperature that measures the heat index. For travelers, the app allows for storage of multiple locales thus enabling the user to check the weather at home and in their current location.
- The Weather Channel – If you haven’t been sleeping under a rock for that past two decades then you’re well aware of what The Weather Channel is into. They’re part of nearly every cable package on television and offer up to date weather forecasts. Their app, not the one that Apple uses a sponsored app that is preloaded on iPhones, offers a bunch of cool features like a running weather monitor, allergy levels, and the road conditions. It also has radar images, a fifteen-day forecast, and hourly weather updates. Users can program the app to send text messages for necessary weather alerts.
- WTF Forecast – While this one doesn’t take itself as seriously, it’s a lot more fun. For the people who get sick of the boring day to day and need a little humor in their life, this app offers weather updates with some profanity thrown in. It shows the temp and a weekly update with the highs and lows for each day, but that’s about as serious as it gets.
- Weather Bug – This one is incredibly thorough, and provides a lot of very cool data. Not only does it show the current temperatures, the highs and lows, and an extended forecast, but it also shows where the closest lightning is and offers cool weather related videos. There are maps, UV indexes, and the moon stages. This app also has a radar feature so users can triangulate approximately how far they are from precipitation. App users can also take a look at different weather maps across the country if they’re so inclined.
- Weather Underground – Just as detailed as the others, the Weather Underground app allows users to personalize their weather experience by editing the tiles shown on the screen when they open the app. If users want to check the optimum weather for flying a kite, they can do that using this app. There are also settings for landscape photographers, biking, hiking, fishing, and star gazing. They can see news about the weather or other subjects all inside the Weather Underground app, thus making it the most convenient of all the meteorology apps.
Whether you’re a weather enthusiast or simply want to know what you should wear to walk without having to get out of bed, download one of these apps and you’ll get the answers you seek. If you trust a local forecast, most news stations have an app of their own and it usually has a forecast option readily available. The bottom line, however, you’ll never have to ask “what’s it like outside?” again.