Weather Underground provides local & long range weather forecasts, weather reports, maps & tropical weather conditions for locations worldwide.
- Customizable Smart Forecasts for outdoor activities.
- Social weather observations.
- Extended day and hourly forecasts.
- Huge amounts of data.
- Clean, simple interface.
- Highly customizable.
- Comparative forecast.
- Occasionally awkward navigation.
Weather Underground is a free weather app provides accurate hyper-local forecasts and current conditions, interactive nexrad radar, customizable weather alerts, and much more to ensure you’re always prepared for whatever the weather brings.
- Get current weather conditions from local weather stations or drop a pin in your neighborhood
- Stay updated with the best weather data including temperature, “feels like”, wind speed, wind direction, today’s rain accumulation, humidity, dew point, visibility, and pressure
- Swipe through hour-by-hour and 10-day forecasts including the chance of precipitation and daily
- Compare today’s weather with local historical data
- Explore detailed weather data like air quality, UV index, local flu outbreaks, sunrise & sunset, and moonrise & moonset
- Customize your app experience with light & dark modes, map types, units, and rearrangeable tiles
- Smart Weather Forecasts – set your ideal weather conditions for outdoor activities and we’ll tell you when to go
- Discover real-time weather from webcams around the world
What makes Weather Underground different from other weather apps?
Weather Underground is just text and solid colors. It’s not as easy on the eyes, but it is extremely informative. Prettier apps, for example, might require you to tap or swipe before you can actually see the information you need.
As with most weather apps, Weather Underground is mostly a vertical experience. The top of the app delivers a wealth of information on a single screen. You can view the high and low temperatures, the “feels like” temperature, the last time the app updated its data, current weather conditions, and a link to the app’s social Crowd Reports feature. There’s also more in-depth information, such as a tiny radar map, wind direction, the chance of precipitation, and a textual weather forecast. Everything you’re likely to need most of the time is front and center.
One neat thing is that the app also tells you what weather station it’s using for its information. Part of what makes Weather Underground so cool is that it taps into hobbyist and professional weather sensors to gather its data. This means you’re more likely to see the information that’s directly relevant to you.
The Crowd Reports feature is worth calling out since it has become so popular with other apps but originated with Weather Underground. The app shows a suggested Crowd Report icon-say, a shining sun-and you tap to either confirm that you’re also seeing clear skies or reject it and select from five cloud-cover options and four hazards: rain, thunder, snow, and fog. It’s a fun little feature, but one that continues to be only rarely utilized by other people.
The textual forecast is as simple as it is brilliant. Just tap the large circle displaying the temperature information and you’ll see a short sentence that compares today’s weather conditions to yesterday’s. For example, “Today is forecast to be Warmer than yesterday.” It’s context, plain and simple, and I am amazed no other weather apps have copied it yet.
While Weather Underground’s top panel is locked in place, the rest can be reordered. You can even hide entire panels from the Settings section. Additionally, there is only one ad at the top of the screen and occasionally one more below, unlike the numerous ads peppered throughout The Weather Channel’s app. For a meager $1.99 per year, you can have Weather Underground completely ad-free.
The default configuration includes panels for 10-day and hourly forecasts; health information, which includes data on pollen, air quality, and flu infections; sunrise time, sunset time, and moon phase; and extended text forecasts. I am impressed to see pollen and flu information included in Weather Underground, but disappointed to see nothing of airport delays-a feature found in The Weather Channel app.
The most useful of Weather Underground’s panels is the combination hourly and 10-day forecast panel, which shows the high and low temperatures, the chance of precipitation, wind data, and a temperature graph. The temperature prediction for each day is displayed as a red line on the graph, with the chance of precipitation as a blue field on the same graph. It fits a lot of information about the entire week into a very small space and is understood at a glance.
One recent tweak to the 10-day forecast panel adds a badge if there’s inclement weather predicted for the day, and each day now includes the total predicted precipitation accumulation.
Weather Underground also recently added a new tile called Smart Forecasts, which is designed to help you plan around activities that could be affected by the weather. Choose an activity from the list of 13 and Weather Underground shows a bar graph indicating when there are good weather conditions for that activity. You can also edit existing activities or create your own from scratch.
Weather Underground is the most accurate weather app that provides hyper-local weather forecast included with severe weather alerts, interactive radar and satellite maps. This weather app is powered by the unique weather enthusiasts giving live data reports from their backyard weather stations, and the forecast is generated through this crowd-sourced data, for any of the users’ precise location.
The weather severity alerts make it an essential app during severe weather conditions. The special Wundermap offers various features like animated radar, satellite tracking of storm, hurricanes, and wildfires.
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