If you are planning an adventure or trying to figure out when you should go for a walk, walk your dog, go for a class or do something that requires you leaving the comfort of your home, you definitely want to step out prepared. This is why knowing how the weather decides to turn out each day becomes a vital part of our daily routine and of course, weather apps provide you with that information.
Smartphone weather apps and widgets have been in existence for a while now. They have also had significant improvements over the years. They now work better and strive to give detailed information to users.
The interfaces are now better and work with cross platform devices. The best thing to do is to jump on the app store for your mobile device and install one of the best apps out there. This way you can ensure you are prepared for what might come next.
But before you get on that, knowing what to look out for before classifying a weather app as the best includes:
What to Look Out For In a Weather App
No Offline Feature: The data for weather forecasting is constantly changing which implies that no good could come off details that is delivered to you when your mobile is offline. So to ensure you get the best of details and data for yourself, try to keep your mobile at a strong signal strength area before launching that mobile app. And stay away from apps that offer offline forecasting.
User Generated Input: While more of these weather apps are allowing you the user to “tell” what the weather situation around you is before it can forecast depending on your area. It is not an entirely efficient idea. This might give you a bit of assurance, it is a really terrible idea.
Radar: radar is the core point of a weather app. It is literally everything. The best weather apps should be able to provide you with current radar imaging, say on a five minutes scale. Forecasts are there to make you feel at home but without up-to-date radar, you are totally left with nothing.
Broader Sense: This is the capability of your weather app to give more than a very local forecasting. It should give a forecast of your entire region before your locality. This way you can get a better sense of the broader picture which could be handy if your present location isn’t your last.
If you have this knowledge in place and at the back of your hand, you can then jump into the app market and start searching. This search doesn’t have to be that tedious. Below is a list of the best weather apps for 2017.
Best Weather Apps For 2017
To mention but a few, these apps are either free, paid or has a free/paid version with varying features. Use the benchmarks above and your preferences to dig out the best for your device and location. They are:
- Google Now
- Yowindows Weather
- Weather Wiz
- NOAA Weather Unofficial
- Dark Sky
- The Weather Channel
- GO Weather Forecast And Widgets
- Yahoo Weather
- Weather Bug
- National Weather Service
- Weather Underground
With the list above, there is no need to just go search the word weather in your device app market. Now you can narrow your search down, or use the internet to get even more options to choose from.