10 iPhone Apps to Help You Weather Winter

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2014-01-17 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 iPhone Apps to Help You Weather Winter

    by Nathan Eddy
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    2 - Nice Weather 2 Offers a Clear View (Free)
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    Nice Weather 2 Offers a Clear View (Free)

    Designed with simplicity in mind to provide a clean and simple way to check the weather forecast, this free app offers interactive visualizations of temperatures and precipitations. Automatic forecast updates, multiple units for each indicator and the ability to track the forecast in up to five cities (in the paid version) round out the package.
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    3 - Weathercube Is Colorful, With a Chance of Fun ($0.99)
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    Weathercube Is Colorful, With a Chance of Fun ($0.99)

    Want to put a new spin on the standard practice of checking the weather? Then check out Weathercube, a gestural weather app created for the iPhone, which allows users to swipe, pinch and tap their way through the weather. The app is available in multiple languages, serves 1.3 million cities and allows for color customization. What's not to love?
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    4 - Make Bad Weather Better With Mizzle (Free)
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    Make Bad Weather Better With Mizzle (Free)

    Another streamlined design for checking the weather outside your window—or anywhere—the Places and Forecasts paid package adds three hourly forecasts for wind, precipitation and temperature and a 14-day daily forecast. You can also check for sunrise and sunset times, cloudiness, air pressure and humidity, all while basking in that slick iOS7 inspired interface.
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    5 - AccuWeather Puts Pizzazz in the Forecast (Free)
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    AccuWeather Puts Pizzazz in the Forecast (Free)

    There's just something about AccuWeather—from the detailed and eye-catching graphics that replicate the weather conditions outside, to amazingly accurate radar service, or even the laconic fitness indicator (during blizzard conditions, the app will advise you, "Today is a poor day for outdoor fitness")—that makes this one of the snazziest and best of the bunch. You can also share info with family and friends through social media.
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    6 - Keep Cool With the Planet on Living Earth ($2.99)
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    Keep Cool With the Planet on Living Earth ($2.99)

    Speaking of eye-catching graphics, the Living Earth clock and weather app boasts a stunning 3D simulation of the planet with global weather, forecasts and a clock for cities around the world. View live global cloud patterns, hurricanes and tropical storms, or simply explore the weird and wonderful weather our planet experiences every day.
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    7 - Yahoo Weather Brings the Graphics Game (Free)
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    Yahoo Weather Brings the Graphics Game (Free)

    Yahoo's weather app is undeniably slick, and the winner of a 2013 Apple Design Award. Stunning photos match your location and the immersive experience makes checking the weather a more social and enjoyable task, come rain, sleet or shine.
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    8 - BeachWeather Tells You About Sun in the Sand ($0.99)
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    BeachWeather Tells You About Sun in the Sand ($0.99)

    With a database of several thousand coastal cities throughout Europe, Mexico and the United States, this cost-effective app tells you when it's great to hit the sand and surf, or whether it's better to have a boardwalk day instead. You get wind speed indicators, a three-day forecast, UV index and high and low tides, so you don't get washed away while looking at your, uh, phone.
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    9 - Windscape Knows Which Way it Blows ($0.99)
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    Windscape Knows Which Way it Blows ($0.99)

    This app uses thousands of tiny particles to materialize the flow of air around the world in real time, color-coded by temperature. Discover new relationships, and gain a global understanding of weather in the process. Just tap and hold the map to activate, and configure settings to change the opacity of the satellite imagery, or to alter speed and temperature measurement units.
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    10 - Weathermob Lets You Join in the Predictions (Free)
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    Weathermob Lets You Join in the Predictions (Free)

    Who doesn't love to offer their own opinion on the weather, anyway? And who appointed weathermen the sole authority? Join the world's largest weather community and weigh in with your own views on the weather where you are, reporting with personal photos, skins that overlay your photos with report location, weather and mood, and create channels that only cover the weather you care about.
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    11 - NOAA Snow Forecast Points You to the Powder ($1.99)
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    NOAA Snow Forecast Points You to the Powder ($1.99)

    If you're an avid skier or snowboarder, it's nice to have an app on hand that will give you an idea of whether to hit the slopes or the hot tub. The NOAA will even provide warning boxes on the map to indicate severe weather, and the whole interface is tied together with pleasant, interactive graphics that remind you why you're spending $500 for lift tickets as it is.
 

From the massive early January snow storm that was auspiciously named Hercules, to the freezing temperatures that kept the majority of humanity wrapped up like mummies and the mild weather that followed, 2014 has so far been quite the endurance test for anyone living north of the Florida Keys. While it may be hard to manipulate your smartphone wearing thick, insulated gloves, one of the great things about mobile technology is that you can check to see what the world outside is like, whether you're in the office, on the train or in whatever vehicle you use during your commute. Far from the dowdy dark ages where chunky, ugly graphics and less-than-accurate forecasts were what greeted you when you logged online, the mobile apps of today are colorful, playful and give you a wide range of customization options so you can check on the weather conditions wherever your loved ones are—trust me, my mother still sends me emails to make sure I'm wearing a hat when the temperature drops below 36 degrees. Here are 10 iPhone apps to help you through the winter.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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