View the latest weather forecasts, maps, news and alerts on Yahoo Weather. Find local weather forecasts for New Jersey, the United States throughout the world.
- Highly polished interface
- Tasteful system-wide integration
- Slick design
- Flickr images
- Numerous widgets
- Customizable streams
- More video content would be nice
- Occasionally sluggish
- Few radar map options
Prepare for your day with the most accurate hourly, 5-day, and 10-day forecasts. Stunning Flickr photos match your location, time of day, and current conditions.
- Get all the details: wind, pressure, and chance of precipitation.
- See animated sunrise, sunset, wind, and pressure modules.
- Browse interactive maps: radar, satellite, heat, and snow.
- Track all your favorite cities and destinations!
- Accessibility: Enabled for TalkBack. Optimized for color contrast.
All of the core functions of a weather app are cleanly laid out in Yahoo Weather. The first screen shows you a local image, the current temperature, forecasted high and low, and the current conditions. Scroll down and you get hourly and daily forecasts (either 5-day or 10-day). Keep going and you’ll get humidity, visibility, and UV index. Then there’s a Google map that you can tap through to get a visualization of wind speed, temperature, and pressure systems, plus a recent satellite view of cloud cover. Wind & Pressure view has a nice little windmill animation, as does the sun & moon info. Between them, you’ll get a look at the chance of precipitation across morning, afternoon, evening, and night.
With a quick swipe, you can view all of that information for as many other cities as you like. Add them by tapping the plus symbol in the top-right, where you can punch in a zip code, city name, or plug into Facebook or Yahoo to add cities your friends are from. Tapping the hamburger icon in the top-left brings up all of your city locations, quick links to other Yahoo apps, and the ability to change the order your cities are presented.
One of the surprisingly compelling cross-service tie-ins with Yahoo Weather is with Flickr. It crowdsources local, high-quality photographs to go with the weather and time of day in your area. The great thing about this is that you can actively participate by uploading and geotagging your photos through the web and submitting them to the Yahoo weather group. It would be great if this functionality were bundled into the Yahoo Weather app. Even still, I’ve found the idea of having my photos popping up on phones of other people in my area when they check out the weather a compelling enough idea that I’ve gone through the trouble of submitting pictures via the web.
When you open Yahoo’s app, you’re greeted with a large image, this one pulled from Flickr – good use of the Yahoo-owned service.
Yahoo Weather’s main page is very pretty but a bit scant on details. It only shows you current conditions, temperature, and predicted high and low temperatures.
Swiping left and right takes you through your saved locations, but you’ll always start with weather data geolocated to your current location. The left and right-swiping use a neat parallax scrolling effect with the background images, but sometimes the app struggled to make the transition smoothly.
You can add new locations by tapping the plus sign in the upper right, or edit locations from the hidden left tray. It’s a very tidy system, but Yahoo Weather doesn’t include an overview of the basic weather information for all your locations – something every other weather app has.
Most people will probably skip the app for day-to-day use and get their weather information from widgets on their phone’s home screen instead. In this widget war, Yahoo offers six widgets to suit your needs. Most of the widgets have the same features and are resizable, so it’s easy to find a widget that suits your needs. All of them can be set to track weather for your current location, or for a saved location. All but one can be configured to use images from Flickr or to use no image at all (handy if data is tight).
There aren’t many differences between the six widgets, but a few stand out. The smallest widget takes up a 1-by-1 slot on your home screen, and it only shows the current conditions for the location you select. The largest take up 4-by-2 slots and features a clock along with current conditions. A 4-by-1 strip widget shows a five-day forecast along with current conditions.
Like all other weather apps, Yahoo Weather puts current conditions in your notification tray and on the notification bar, but not by default. You’ll have to activate these from the Settings section. Once turned on, the notification tray stands out with a bold image background from Flickr.
Yahoo Weather does a lot of things right. Its design is slick and well-executed, and it handles user-sourced images better and more reliably. Navigation is very natural, and its uncluttered design is a breath of fresh air.
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