Staying informed about the weather keeps you prepared for your day and can even serve as a good conversation starter for small talk with strangers. Checking the weather on your phone makes it easier than ever.
While your iPhone includes the built-in Weather app, sometimes it doesn't offer enough detailed data. If you want something more, there are a ton of options on the App Store. These are the best iPhone weather apps we've found.
The Weather Channel
When it comes to weather, it's hard to beat The Weather Channel.
The Weather Channel app for iPhone greets you with a simple interface that still packs in a ton of detailed information. You'll get the daily, hourly, and even a 15-day forecast, along with wind speed, humidity, and UV index information. The app also informs you of any weather-related road conditions in the area. It rounds out with news stories and videos about local and national storms, or scientific discoveries relating to weather and nature.
You can download the app for free and use most features. A Premium Pro subscription disables all ads and provides other additions like a 192-hour forecast, a 72-hour future radar, and more.
Download: The Weather Channel (Free, subscription available)
For those seeking even more detailed weather forecasts and radar maps, MyRadar is worth a download.
MyRadar is fast and super easy-to-use for anyone. It opens up to a full HD map that displays live radar of the weather in your general vicinity. In addition to the weather maps, you get an hourly and five-day forecast as well, with precipitation graphs, humidity, dew point, and visibility details.
All the data in MyRadar comes from raw NOAA weather radar data, which in turn comes from the National Weather Service. Thus, you know that the data reflected in MyRadar is as accurate as it comes.
The app is free to download. There is a premium subscription that disables all ads and provides additional features including historical radar and a hurricane tracker.
Download: MyRadar Weather Radar (Free, subscription available)
For a truly visual look at the weather, try out the beautiful Weather Strip. The app showcases an hourly view of a location for the next week. That provides a perfect way for you to decide the best time to go outside or to check on what Mother Nature has in store at a particular time during an event or another outdoor activity. For example, you can see the cloud cover, the chance of rain, temperature, and much more for each hour.
Thanks to an interactive map, you can see the forecast for any location on Earth. It also offers a host of home screen and lock screen widgets with different data points.
The app is free to download, and you can try out everything it has to offer during a two-week, free trial. After that, you’ll need a subscription to use the app. There are two different tiers to select from.
Download: Weather Strip (Free, subscription available)
If you want an informative weather app with a mix of sarcasm, snark, and wit, then you should check out CARROT Weather.
CARROT features a gorgeous interface that still displays all the information that matters. You'll find your current temperature, what it feels like, precipitation chance, wind direction and speed, plus an hourly and 7-day forecast.
The feature that sets CARROT apart from others is that you're greeted with a snarky computer AI (named CARROT) every time you launch the app. She's full of personality and will give you a random quip on launch, providing you with witty takes on current events or news in the tech industry.
You can download the app for free. There are two additional subscription tiers that unlock different features.
CARROT Weather is also a perfect way to check the weather on the Mac.
Download: CARROT Weather (Free, subscription available)