The Windows Store is packed full of quality apps and one of the more numerous categories is weather apps. You can find weather apps that deliver not only the current forecast but also commentary, radar and extended forecasts or those that keep things more scaled back. You also have a small group of weather app options that deliver the basic forecast information in a color, stunningly designed package.
We've scoured the weather app aisle in the Windows Store and tapped a small collection of titles as the best beautiful and basic weather apps. These apps may not be as feature rich as the likes of Amazing Weather HD or MSN Weather (both good looking apps in their own right), but do a good job of delivering the basic forecast information in eye-catching style.
Strawberry Weather is a colorful app that delivers your current conditions, an extended forecast, weather alerts and Lockscreen/Live Tile support to your Windows 10 device. The primary pages for Strawberry Weather highlight the current conditions, a twelve-hour forecast and a listing of your favorite locations.
Weather information is on the basic side, with Strawberry Weather providing the current/forecast temperatures, humidity levels, wind speed/direction and barometric pressure. The app has Live Tile support to deliver a quick view of your current conditions and Lockscreen support to deliver a "what to expect" style of forecast. For example, if the forecast calls for rain, a friendly suggestion to carry an umbrella appears on your lockscreen. This is a handy feature to keep you up on the weather, but the support is for the lockscreen's detailed status and not the background. If you're putting your Outlook calendar there, you'll have to give that up to use this feature.
While Strawberry Weather lacks a weather map or radar feature, it does have support for toast notifications. Notifications can be set to alert you of routine weather conditions throughout the day or filtered only to alert you to the severe weather issues.
The design of these main pages is quite minimalist with a small selection of weather icons to choose from and a lot of color options. Strawberry Weather has 14 pre-set color themes to choose from, as well as a color picker with dozens of additional colors to choose from.
The free app is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile with a $0.99 in-app purchase opportunity to unlock a premium feature that automatically adds nearby places to your favorite locations page. A feature that could come in handy to alert you on weather conditions on down the road as you travel.
Everyone hopes for blue skies in their weather forecast and the Windows 10 weather app Blue Skies definitely illustrates the weather nicely with its bright, colorful themes.
The layout with Blue Skies delivers a minimal, simple forecast that includes your current conditions, a feels like temperature, wind speed/direction, rain chances and humidity levels. Blue Skies also informs you on pending weather changes and when to expect them. For example, the forecast may note "Clear for the hour" or "Rain in the next hour".
Along with the current conditions, you can scroll down on Blue Skies' main page to view an hourly forecast and five day, extended forecast. Blue Skies does include Live Tile support for your forecast cities and Toast Notifications for weather warnings.
The minimalist design for Blue Skies works well and the color theme changes with the weather. For example, clear skies deliver a bright blue theme to the app, night time hours offer a deep, navy blue theme and rain offers a dull gray theme.
Blue Skies is a free app, available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile. There is an optional $1.99 in-app purchase to unlock premium features that include multiple Live Tile sizes, set the Live Tile update frequency and unlock the Toast Notifications.
Perfect Weather Universal
Perfect Weather Universal is a Windows 10 title from the Perfect Thumb development group who has mastered the art of creating fantastic and useful apps in a minimalist package. Perfect Weather Universal takes this minimal approach and adds a dash of color to the mix for an eye-appealing way to check in on the weather.
The app's sole screen provides a colorful scene that illustrates the current weather with detailed information lining the bottom of the display. You can swipe the screen to see how the weather is going to change over the coming days and tapping the screen offers a little animation to the theme.
Weather information includes your current/forecast temperature, wind speed/direction, barometric pressure, sunrise/sunset times, moonrise/moonset times and a brief description of the conditions outside (fair, raining, storms, sunny, etc.). The extended forecast that is accessible by swiping left or right extends nine days and the screen reflects the transition between the days with the sun rising, setting and eventually being replaced by the moon.
While a basic weather app for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, Perfect Weather Universal offers a small collection of beautifully designed themes. There is a $1.99 in-app purchase to unlock the full collection of themes, but they include everything from a floating castle (complete with dragons) to a Mario Brothers-style theme to a Star Wars theme (complete with Darth and Luke).
Perfect Weather Universal does have Live Tile support, but does not have Lockscreen support, weather alerts or weather radar. While a very basic weather app, Perfect Weather Universal is a sharp looking, free Windows 10 app that is sure to turn heads.
Vieather is a clean-looking, colorful Windows 10 weather app that delivers your current conditions and extended forecasts in a highly customizable package. The design of Vieather for Windows 10 Mobile has your current conditions and hourly forecast on one screen, your seven-day extended forecast on another screen and your forecast locations on a third display. Taking advantage of the larger screens of Windows 10 PC, Vieather is able to compile all this information on a single screen.
Weather information includes your current temperature, wind speed/direction, barometric pressure, visibility, humidity levels, UV rating, a feels-like temperature and sunrise/sunset times. Vieather has two theme options (dark and light) and the option to choose the app's accent color. Live Tile support includes the option to choose the Tile's content, transparency and accent color.
The app does lack Lockscreen support, weather alerts and weather radar. Vieather is a free app with a few limitations and is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile. The limitations include ad support and limits on the number of Live Tiles and frequency of automatic forecast updates. In-app purchase opportunities ranging from $0.99 to $9.99 are available to lift those limitations.
Vieather is an appealing Windows 10 weather app that delivers the basic forecast information in fashionable style.
If you've tried any of these Windows 10 weather apps, let us know what you think in the comments below. There is a vast number of weather options available in the Windows Store and if you have a favorite weather app not listed in the roundup, feel free to share it in the comments as well.