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ios weather appsWeather is one of those things that defy technology. No matter how hi-tech we get, we can’t control the weather. If it wants to rain, it will, and all we can do is find sophisticated ways to forecast it, and convenient ways to stay updated.

Weather apps for iOS are abundant, and there are numerous ways to stay updated on the go with your iPhone. But when the iPad joined the game, weather forecasts became more than that – they became beautiful. Weather doesn’t  have to be boring, and if you can get good and accurate information along with the entire ambiance of it, it makes the whole thing much less frustrating and way more fun.

Note that all the apps were checked on the iPad, but most are available for the iPhone as well. Here is a list of 4 excellent weather apps to make you want to check tomorrow’s forecast.

Weather HD Free

Weather HD is powered by Weather Underground, and provides a soothing yet useful way to stay on top of the weather. The free version only lets you add 2 locations, so if you need more than that on a regular basis, try the paid version or one of the other apps.

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The general mode is a full-screen weather video, describing the current weather. This is actually not a bad thing to have as a screensaver next to you when it’s raining out. On the bottom, you’ll find a weekly forecast, which you can switch to an hourly forecast.


You can also view details such as local time, temp, humidity, precipitation, wind chill and so on. You can choose in the settings which elements will appear and get rid of those you don’t care for.

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Weather HD Free is ad supported. To make them disappear, as well as get more than two locations and additional videos, you can try the paid version. It’s only $0.99.

Weatherwise [Free]

Weatherwise gives a touch of good humor to the weather, which is something we could all use. The current weather is represented by a tranquil Bonsai tree around which the current conditions can be seen. For example, if it’s windy, you’ll see the night lamp that’s hanging from the tree moving in the wind.

best ios weather apps

You can add up to 5 locations, or have the app use your current location to get weather details. On the main screen, you can see an icon-only weekly forecast and the current temp. You can tap the weekly forecast to change the Bonsai tree into that day’s forecast. Tap the hourly details to access hour-by-hour temperatures, wind speeds, humidity, visibility and more.

best ios weather apps

While looking at the Bonsai tree, you can slide your fingers to move between locations, and view all your Bonsai trees. If you want some different themes, you can purchase some for $0.99 each through the app, but I find the Bonsai to be quite enough.

WeatherBug [Free]

If you’re looking for something a bit more serious, WeatherBug could be it. WeatherBug is a comprehensive map-oriented app, which lets you choose between different map layers (such as radars, temperature, pressure and so on), along with detailed weekly forecast, videos from weather cams (US only) and elaborate current conditions.

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You can add several locations and then switch between them using the dropdown menu at the top. If you tap the weekly forecast, you can read exactly what you should expect on every day and night of the following week.

WeatherBug’s true merit is the map. Adding set locations is something you can do with any app, but with WeatherBug you can browse the map, and when you see a place you fancy, simply tap it to drop a pin and get a full weather forecast for that location. You can then choose to remove pin, add the location to your saved locations or simply move on in your quest.

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WeatherBug is ad supported. Get rid of the ads by upgrading to WeatherBug Elite for $0.99. Also available for non-iPad devices.

Magical Weather [$1.99]

At $1.99, Magical Weather is the priciest one of the bunch, but this beautiful and informative app is worth every cent. With a simple yet fetching interface, Magical Weather provides local weather for up to 9 locations, which it presents on a beautiful grid, complete with temperature, weather icon and an image that shows you the weather and the time of day.

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Tapping one of these squares, you’ll access the full weather forecast for the day, hour by hour, as well as the rest of the week’s. The whole thing sits on a gracefully animated background, which also represents the current weather and time of day.


Not sure what all these numbers mean? Magical Weather has you covered. Tap the small question mark on the bottom left corner, and in slides a full key for each element of the forecast.

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Magical Weather is simple, provides only useful information, and has one of the prettiest interfaces I’ve ever seen.

Final Thoughts

All of these iOS weather apps will give your weather watching a whole new meaning. With any one of these, checking the forecast is not a chore anymore; I mean, who doesn’t want to check their cute Bonsai tree every few hours?

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Do you know of other awesome weather apps for the iPad? Share them in the comments.

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  1. John Jiang
    November 29, 2011 at 5:21 am

    A application I use for tracking weather is "YoWindows", it has a both paid and free: featuring weather sources that you could add/remove, visual landscape that depicts the actual weather, and interface that's easy to navigate.

    • Yaara
      November 30, 2011 at 5:52 am

      Thanks! I've never heard about this one. Might be good for when I collect some desktop weather apps.

  2. @mindianajones
    November 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I really like The Weather Channel's iPhone/iPod app. It's simple and very fast, so I can get both the daily and hourly weather in just a few seconds, which is the only thing I care about. (Somewhat surprisingly, their iPad app is horrendous. They keep changing it, but it always stays horrendous. Luckily, they don't have a universal app, so I just installed the iPhone version on my iPad.)

    • Yaara
      November 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      I actually tried their app and wasn't impressed, but as you say, this might be due to their iPad app being horrendous. :)

      I didn't know there was such a big difference between the iPhone and iPad versions. I will definitely give it a try. Thanks!