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5 best weather apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod
Accuweather: Accuweather's app displays the temperature, wind speed and humidity on one clean home screen with a black background and white text. Everything's intuitive and easy to reach: Users can thumb-scroll through the forecast, and a bar at the bottom of the screen provides one-touch access to an extended forecast, video and real-time weather maps. Like the other major weather apps, Accuweather's application is ad-supported. The banner ads at the top of the screen are unobtrusive, but users have the option of making them going away with an in-app upgrade. This app will ask the user for permission to use location and push services.
MyRadar: If you've ever wanted to play TV meteorologist or you prefer visualizing your weather data with real-time radar, this is the app for you. A small legend at the top left of the screen displays the temperature, while the rest of the screen's real estate is reserved for the map with its real-time radar. Options let the user zoom in and cycle the map among aerial, road and grayscale views. Users also can choose from a handful of map overlays, including temperature, clouds and aviation layers. There's a share button, so users can save, copy and email radar images, or post them to Facebook. A small banner ad can be removed with an in-app purchase. This app will ask the user for permission to use location and push services.
The Weather Channel: Once you get past the annoying splash screen, The Weather Channel's application provides five main options -- a map, video, weather, social and "In Season." The latter option provides information on active storms and alerts, and the social tab is a feed of local weather-themed tweets from users. Most of The Weather Channel's features are done better by other apps, but video is where this application really shines -- users get access to The Weather Channel's TV content, from local forecasts to time killers showing freak lightning strikes and weather catastrophes. This app will ask the user for permission to use location and push services.
Emergency Radio Free: This app replaces and simplifies a critical piece of disaster and inclement weather kit -- the emergency radio. Users can tune in to radio broadcasts from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service, as well as local police, fire and emergency services communications. Because the app uses broadband to connect to a stream of each channel, you don't have to fidget with dials or worry about reception. There are thousands of additional channels, everything from amateur radio repeaters in Asia to police dispatch channels in Paris. Emergency Radio Free can be upgraded to an ad-free version with an in-app purchase.
Weather+: If you don't want all the bells and whistles, consider Weather+. There are no menus, fancy maps, overlays or settings -- just a whole bunch of weather information squeezed onto a single screen. Weather+ displays time, temperature, daily and hourly forecasts, wind speed and direction, and UV indexes. Like other weather apps, an upgrade can get rid of a small banner ad that comes with the free version. This app will ask the user for permission to use location and push services.
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