Let’s say you’re planning your dream wedding in the woods. While you’re caught up in the frantic prep, you check the news and find out that there’s a forecast of storms and rains on your big day. You brainstorm with your wedding planner to come up with a quick plan B and switch to an intimate indoor wedding. When D-day arrives, you look outside to find a bright and sunny sky with no traces of clouds. Sadly, it’s too late to make any changes to arrangements again.
Most of us have faced similar situations in our lives, where we’ve had to change or cancel plans because of forecast bad weather. Except that the forecast turns out to be wrong and you find you find yourself regretting the decision. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to accurately predict the weather and know for sure whether it’s going to rain in the next hour? Better still, what if there was a way to turn your iPhone into your go-to meteorologist?
Weather Apps to the Rescue
Well, you can now turn that dream into a reality with the treasure trove of weather apps available on the Apple Store. From temperature and visibility to cloud cover and air quality – these apps provide you with a plethora of valuable data to better plan your day. Some apps even provide you with insights on how the day’s weather can impact various aspects of your day.
Also, weather apps aren’t just useful for individuals. These apps are increasingly being used by businesses across different verticals to facilitate optimized decision-making. Many online businesses are also using weather apps and APIs to add advanced features to their websites and mobile applications.
Nevertheless, the sheer variety of weather apps available on the Apple Store will leave you spoilt for choice. How do you select one that’s the right fit for your personal and professional needs? Let’s find out.
Weather Apps vs. APIs: Understanding the Difference
The terms “app” and “API” are often used interchangeably when it comes to weather forecasting applications. It’s important to understand the difference between the two and assess which one best fits your requirements. A weather app, as mentioned earlier, a software application that uses a multitude of historical weather data and other information to provide you with accurate weather forecasts.
Examples of popular weather apps include:
- Weather Underground
- The Weather Channel
- Carrot Weather
Dark Sky is another popular weather app that was bought by Apple earlier in 2020.
A weather API, on the other hand, let’s you add weather forecasting functionalities to your website or mobile app. Unlike weather apps, APIs can’t be used by regular consumers with no background in coding. You must find the right weather API and know how to integrate it with your website/app.
While weather apps are mostly used by individuals, their corresponding APIs are used by businesses. From travel and healthcare to events and aviation – weather APIs find applications in various industries. Before you zero in on the best free weather API for your business, make sure you analyze your unique requirements and evaluate the available options.
But if you’re just a regular iPhone user, most likely you just need a reliable weather app that provides you with accurate weather forecasts. In the following sections, we’ll discuss a few factors you need to consider while choosing your weather app.
Selecting the Right Weather App
If you’re looking for a smart and dependable weather app to install on your iPhone, make sure you consider the following factors:
Would you prefer a more formal and data-laden interface? Or would you like your weather app to feature easy-to-understand weather predictions? Would you mind if the app has a fun and light-hearted look and feel? These are important questions you need to consider while evaluating different apps for your iPhone.
Some weather apps only offer standard features and data such as temperature, air quality, humidity, etc. Other apps take it up a notch by including detailed TV-style weather forecast videos. Some advanced apps even give you insights and updates on seasonal allergies, flu outbreaks, and the status of COVID-19 cases in your area. While you might be tempted to choose an app that offers the most sophisticated features, make sure you analyze whether you actually need these features.
While most weather apps are available for free, they often include promotional offers and ads. Of course, you can pay to get rid of these ads. Make sure you find out how much the paid version is going to cost you before making a decision.
The one thing that a weather app must do is provide you with precise and accurate forecasts and data. If you’ve shortlisted a few options, make sure you check their online reviews and ratings to find out if how reliable they are.
Have you used any weather apps on your iPhone? Share your recommendations in the comments section below.