WPCentral's list of the best weather apps for Windows Phone
Your Windows Phone is a great way to stay in touch with what is happening in the world and with things that impact your daily grind. The weather is one thing most of us will have a need to keep track of. There are plenty of weather apps to choose from over at the Windows Phone Marketplace but which one will work out best with your shiny new Nokia Lumia 900 or trusty old Samsung Focus.
We've tossed together a small collection of weather apps we like that offers a wide range of choices. What might be useful for your needs might not match someone else's. We have the basic weather app that shows you the current conditions and extended forecast and the weather apps that would make your local weatherman jealous.
So hit the break and see out selection of the best weather apps out there for your Windows Phone.
Accuweather: The Accuweather weather app for your Windows Phone has all the bells and whistles. From current conditions to weather radar to weather alerts to forecasts, Accuweather crams as much under one roof as possible. Accuweather's strengths come in the form of toast notifications for severe weather and wide range of weather information the app provides (Real Feel temps, UV index, cloud cover, humidity, etc.). Accuweather is a free app for your Windows Phone and you can grab it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Weather Flow: Weather Flow is a simple, nice looking weather app for your Windows Phone that takes on the no nonsense approach. You have your current conditions, a ten day forecast and two themes to switch back and forth. Weather Flow will provide information for your current location or you can populate your locations list with global cities. Weather Flow also has one of the BEST live tiles out there that not only shows you the current conditions and tomorrow's forecast but also how the two compare (e.g. tomorrow will be slightly cooler than today or tomorrow will be rainy). Weather Flow has a trial version and the full version is running $1.99. You can find Weather Flow here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Microsoft Weather: Microsoft Weather is another basic weather app for your Windows Phone that delivers the current conditions for your forecast locations and an extended, ten-day forecast. Microsoft Weather will track the weather for your current location as well as cities around the globe. Microsoft Weather is a free app that you can find here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Amazing Weather: Amazing Weather is a weather app that provides you with the basic weather information and then some. Along with the current conditions and extended forecast, you have radar and satellite imagery (non-animated) and hourly forecast breakdowns. Amazing Weather does have support for location services and a live tile with variable update times. There is a free trial available for Amazing Weather with the full version running $1.29 (currently on sale). You can find them both here at the Marketplace.
WeatherMaster: WeatherMaster is a global weather app the provides current conditions and seven day forecasts for your current location or added cities. You also have animated radar and satellite images and city forecasts can be pinned to your Start Screen. One nice feature with WeatherMaster is that if you tap on a location when you are in the map view, you have the option to add that location to your forecast city list. WeatherMaster does have a free trial to let you try before you buy with the full version running $1.99. You can find WeatherMaster here at the Marketplace.
Weather Live: Weather Live is a sharp looking weather app for your Windows Phone that isn't too shy on features. You have the customary current conditions and extended forecasts but you also have animated radar and satellite images, weather trend graphs/charts, toast notifications on severe weather, astronomy information and a background agent that will automatically update your current location for forecasts on the go. You also have customized live tiles to better meet your needs, three themes and Bing background images. Weather Live does have a trial version with the full version running $1.99. You can find Weather Live here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Rad Now!: Technically, Rad Now! is a weather app for your Windows Phone but it doesn't tell you the current conditions or share an extended forecast. What it does do is provides an animated weather radar for the U.S. with opacity controls, hybrid/road map options, and can zoom in to your GPS location. If you're looking for a nice weather radar app, Rad Now! is worth a try. It is a free app and you can grab it here at the Marketplace.
What do you guys and gals think? There are plenty more weather apps available so what stands out to you as the best weather app for your Windows Phone? Does World Weather, Weatherbug or The Weather Channel meet your needs better than what's listed?
I think what makes these lists great is that with Windows Phones there isn't a shortage of quality apps available on the Marketplace. The secret is finding the right app to fit your needs. For me, I use Weather Flow for my live tile and keep Accuweather and Weather Live installed when I need a little bit more weather information. Plus I like the severe weather alerts these two apps provide.
Feel free to sound off in the comments if you've discovered a favorite weather app for your Windows Phone or share why you think one of the listed appeals to you most.