The Windows Store has never been short on weather apps. Windows 10 weather apps offer a vast range of titles that cover everything from basic forecast information all the way up to those that provide quite in-depth meteorological analysis. There are no-nonsense style apps that simply present the facts and others that provide information in a more vibrant, eye-catching style.
While there is really no way to cover the hundreds of great weather apps available, we've sifted through the titles and tapped a small collection to represent the best the Windows Store has to offer. Each of these apps brings something slightly different to the table and can serve most everyone's needs for staying in touch with what Mother Nature has in store for your area.
AccuWeather.com has been a leader for online weather information for some time now. The company's AccuWeather – Weather for Life app edged out the likes of the Weather Channel's app and MSN Weather for the amount of content this Windows 10 app provides.
Key features include:
- AccuWeather MinuteCast: This is a minute by minute precipitation forecasts for the next two hours that are hyper-localized to your exact street address or GPS location. The MinuteCast provides the type of precipitations, intensity and start times.
- Severe weather notifications.
- Unlimited forecast location storage.
- Live Tile support for multiple locations
- Ability to synchronize forecast cities between devices.
Weather conditions include the temperature, a RealFeel temperature, wind speed/direction, precipitation amounts, humidity, visibility, UV index, cloud cover, barometric pressure and sunrise/sunset times. You can track the current conditions by specific location or by your current GPS location.
The extended forecast reaches out to five days and the app includes a fully interactive Bing Map with weather overlays (radar, satellite, future radar). Please note that some of AccuWeather features do have regional limitations such as MinuteCast that is available for the contiguous United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark, Gibraltar and parts of the Czech Republic.
AccuWeather is free and available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile. The app is ad supported with an in-app purchase of $3.99. You can survive with ad-support, but ditching the ads gives this app a cleaner look, helping it shine brighter.
Appy Weather is one of the cleanest looking weather apps available in the Windows Store. Navigating around the app is fast and fluid, taking full advantage of the panoramic design the Modern design affords. Forecast information is presented in a more personal nature, not only offering the nuts and bolts of the forecast but also how it feels. For example, if it is brutally cold out today tomorrow's forecast might add that it will not feel as cold as it does today.
Key features for Appy Weather include:
- Forecasts for today, tomorrow and the upcoming weekend.
- Seven day extended forecast.
- Severe weather notifications.
- Live Tile and Lockscreen support.
Current conditions are abbreviated to display the temperature, a general weather pattern (clear, raining, cloudy, etc.) and a 'feels like' temperature. You can extend this display to reveal additional weather information such as chances of rain, cloud cover, wind speed/direction, humidity levels, visibility, barometric pressure, dew point and UV index. If a storm is anywhere close to your location, that information is provided as well.
Where Appy Weather falls short is with the lack of weather radar. The weather alerts help keep you informed of the potential for severe weather, but you need to shift to another weather app to get a visual of what the weather is doing.
Overall, if you are looking for a clean looking, easy to navigate weather app to provide you with no-nonsense weather information Appy Weather is worth a try. The app is available for Windows 10 Mobile and a seven day trial version is available to let you try out Appy Weather. The full version of Appy Weather is currently priced at $3.99.
Amazing Weather HD
If you can only have one weather app for Windows 10 Mobile it wouldn't be hard to make the case that Amazing Weather HD is the one to have. It combines an eye appealing design with informative weather information to deliver one of the best weather apps around. One of the few downsides to the app is that it is not available for Windows 10 PC.
Described as "beauty meets brain," Amazing Weather HD offers live HD animations for a backdrop or you can dial things down and choose a sleek, modern look to the app. The app offers fantastic Live Tile with several tile layouts and Lockscreen support that allows you to use your own images, Bing images or a nice collection of in-house images.
Additional key features include:
- Detailed current conditions that include temperatures, "feels like" temperatures, wind speed/direction, visibility, humidity, barometric pressure, dew point, UV index, sunrise/sunset times and precipitation.
- Seven-day quick forecast that provides a visual overview of what to expect from the weather.
- Three-day detailed forecast that provides a more descriptive view of the weather ahead.
- Hourly forecast information to help you plan your day.
- Support for multiple forecast cities and use an auto-location feature using GPS.
- Weather alerts.
Amazing Weather HD does have the latest weather imagery that includes radar, satellite, and infrared images. The radar is not animated, which adds another rare downside to this Windows 10 Mobile app.
All in all, Amazing Weather HD delivers a respectable amount of weather information to your Windows Mobile phone. It offers a host of customization features to set-up Live Tile and Lockscreen information to match your tastes, as you can with the main app with the HD animations or modern design.
There is a trial version for Amazing Weather HD with the full version currently priced at $1.99. While there is some room for improvement, Amazing Weather HD is a solid choice of Windows 10 Mobile weather apps.
MeteoLens is a simple, eye-catching weather app for Windows 10 that has been around the Windows Store since the days of Windows Phone 8.1. It was recently updated to Windows 10 and remains one of the more attractive and informative ways to stay in tune with the weather.
Available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, MeteoLens offers a picturesque backdrop for your weather information and includes Live Tile and Lockscreen support. Other key features include:
- Detailed current and hourly conditions.
- Extended 7-day forecast.
- Severe weather alerts.
- Support for multiple locations or you can let the app use your GPS location.
- Multiple weather icon packages to help the app further match your tastes.
The simple design of MeteoLens is laid out with your current conditions followed by a 48 hour, hourly forecast and then the seven-day forecast.
The detail behind the current weather conditions include your temperature, general conditions (partly cloudy, sunny, etc.), a "feels like" temperature, chances for precipitation, humidity levels and wind speed/direction.
The intuitive design of MeteoLens lends itself well to one-handed use. Scrolling down from the top of the screen you will find the current conditions followed by a 48 hour, hourly forecast, then the seven-day forecast and finally the sunrise/sunset times. The Windows 10 PC version takes advantage of the larger screen and spreads the weather data out equally as beautiful.
While MeteoLens is a free Windows 10 app to download, it is a time-sensitive trial version. The unlocked version is based on a yearly subscription that is currently priced at $1.49 annually that covers the cost of the weather service subscriptions.
If you are looking for a simple and colorful weather app, check out Strawberry Weather. This Windows 10 weather app delivers your current conditions, an extended forecast, weather alerts and Lockscreen/Live Tile in a bright and wrapped in a vibrant package. 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/predicted 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 the 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 Lock=screen's detailed status and not the background. For many, this will mean giving up Outlook calendar status to view the weather.
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 to only alert you to severe weather issues.
The design of these main pages is minimalistic with a small selection of weather icons to choose from and a lot of color options. Strawberry Weather has fourteen pre-set color themes to choose from. If you do not see a color you like, the app also has a larger color picker with dozens of additional colors to select.
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 to weather conditions on down the road as you travel.
If you have tried any of these Windows 10 weather apps, let us know what you think of them in the comments below. There are plenty other options to consider when searching for a weather app such as Perfect Weather, NOAA Hi-Def Radar and Weather Hound. In many cases, you may find yourself depending on multiple weather apps based on your forecast needs.
For example, I rely on Amazing Weather HD to glance at my current conditions while I go to AccuWeather when I need to check in on animated radar. If you have a favorite weather app (or a combination of weather apps) that wasn't mentioned, feel free to toss out your recommendation in the comments as well.