16 Outside-the-Box Weather Apps

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Weathergram

Weathergram

A picture from Instagram + a weather-related quote from someone famous + the forecast = our new favorite weather app. Because there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. (According to John Ruskin anyway.)

  1. Weathergram Weathergram
    Weathergram
    Weathergram
    A picture from Instagram + a weather-related quote from someone famous + the forecast = our new favorite weather app. Because there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. (According to John Ruskin anyway.)
    http://weathergram.me/
  2. Yahoo! Weather Yahoo! Weather
    Yahoo! Weather
    Yahoo! Weather App
    The newly launched weather app from Yahoo! leverages content from Flickr to pair cityscape Images with highly accurate weather reporting. The best part? The background images change based on weather conditions and the time of day.
  3. Voodoo Skies Voodoo Skies
    Voodoo Skies
    Voodoo Skies
    People like to talk about the weather. And not just what it's like today, but how much different it was this time last year. This app compares the current forecast with patterns from years past. It's a good conversation starter.
    https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/voodoo-skies-normal-or-not/id528163921?mt=8
  4. Weather Puppy Weather Puppy
    Weather Puppy
    Weather Puppy
    The weather . . . plus puppies. (One more time with the slow clap.)
    https://itunes.apple.com/il/app/weather-puppy/id528732981?mt=8
  5. YoWindow YoWindow
    YoWindow
    YoWindow
    An animated screensaver that changes according to the current conditions and time of day. Choose from stock scenes or upload a landscape photo and the program will convert it for you. Also sports a sweet Chrome extension.
  6. Blue Blue
    Blue
    Blue
    Three-day forecasts displayed in hourly color bars generated based on the temperature, humidity, and sunrise/sunset times for your current location.
  7. Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy
    Partly Cloudy
    Partly Cloudy
    Some people like to open an app and see a number. Some people like to open an app and see a big spinning dial with infographic-style colors, icons, and statistics. This app is for the latter.
    https://itunes.apple.com/app/partly-cloudy/id545627378
  8. Swackett Swackett
    Swackett
    Swackett
    There are lots of reasons to check the weather. Chief among them: deciding what to wear. So in addition to facts and figures, Swackett uses restroom door sign mannequins to show you how to dress for the current conditions.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/swackett/id418554305?mt=8
  9. Weather Neue Weather Neue
    Weather Neue
    Weather Neue
    Lots of snazzy weather apps come with price tags. This one? It's free. And looks really nice. And just got a much-needed update to make it well worth the price.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weather-neue/id527856624?ls=1&mt=8
  10. Dark Sky Dark Sky
    Dark Sky
    Dark Sky
    Chance of rain. That's a pretty vague term. This app aims to predict rainfall with a bit more precision — as in, down to the minute. So you can leave the office five minutes earlier and make it to your car dry.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dark-sky-weather-radar-hyperlocal/id517329357?mt=8
  11. Weather Eye Weather Eye
    Weather Eye
    Weather Eye
    When it comes to sweet design, iPhone users seem to get all the attention. If you're looking for minimalism, quirky icons, and fancy fonts (and you're holding an Android), this the app for you.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.citc.weather
  12. WeatherPro WeatherPro
    WeatherPro
    WeatherPro
    The dirty little secret behind weather apps: Good intel is hard to come by. WeatherPro gets its data from over 2 million locations worldwide, providing incredibly accurate (and almost comically in-depth) local reports.
    http://www.weatherpro.eu/home.html
  13. Wundermap Wundermap
    Wundermap
    Wundermap
    A completely map-based forecast tool that provides hyperlocal temperature, wind, and humidity data. You can also overlay animated radars for precipitation. Put a weatherman in front of it, and you could be watching a local news segment.
    http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
  14. Ultraweather Ultraweather
    Ultraweather
    Ultraweather
    Hook up your Instagram feed (or anyone else's, for that mattter) and this app will use the photos to create vivid backgrounds for the current and 5-day forecasts.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ultraweather/id529806528?mt=8
  15. WeatherCaster WeatherCaster
    WeatherCaster
    WeatherCaster
    Of all the things you can do with an iPad, "view the weather" is probably the least exciting. Unless you're doing it with this app, which includes radar maps, crowd-sourced weather photos, and a glossary of meteorological terms.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weathercaster/id537308269?ls=1&mt=8
  16. Solar Solar
    Solar
    Solar
    Swipe up for a 24-hour forecast; down for the 3-day forecast. Swipe left and right to change locations and pinch to view them all. Oh, and the background color is determined by the temperature. (Insert slow clap here.)
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/solar-weather-has-never-been/id542875991?ls=1&mt=8
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