The sun will set on Amazing Weather HD for Windows Phone on March 17

If Amazing Weather HD (opens in new tab) has been your go-to weather app on Windows Phone, you might want to start looking for an alternative. We've known that the app was on its way out since early January, but now users are being greeted with a message stating that the app will stop working altogether on March 17. Amazing Weather HD's developer also confirmed the news on Twitter, stating:

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It's sad to see the app go, as we have previously cited it as one of the best weather apps on the Windows Store. Unfortunately, it appears the realities of developing for Windows Phone have made maintaining the service too costly to keep up. That said, there are plenty of alternatives, like AccuWeather and 4Castr, to consider if you're looking for another weather app to be your daily go-to.

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Thanks for the tips, Hoppman, John K., and Halden W.!

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

154 Comments
  • Crap...  This was the only weather app I truely liked :(
  • Try Forecast HD
  • yeah same here and it was the most accurate in my region :(
  • If you are in Canada or in any European country then try out "The Weather Network" app
  • Same! I must have missed the original announcement too. Hopefully if/when WP gets the market share it deserves this will return along with all the other apps we've lost
  • Ain't gonna happen.
  • I've been using Amazing Weather HD for years, such a beautiful app :( Time to look for a replacement I guess
  • I use msn weather and sometimes the weather channel
  • My reaction to news such as this has gone from "Oh no", to "uh okay".
  • The Microsoft Weather app in Windows 10 and Windows 10 mobile is my favorite.  I love how it has weather for ten days out and you can tap on any day to see the weather over the course of the day.  It's super handy to see when the rain is going to stop.  It's gorgous UI, has no ads and is free.
  • I agree, it's a great app.
  • Agreed. My one annoyance with it is that it still shows wind speed in km/h. I'd assume changing it to m/s would be trivial.
  • I won't be able to hold on for too long.
  • I finally gave in about 2 months ago, after the Delta app disappeared. Moved to Android, and I sure do miss the WP/WM/W10/whateverthey'recalling it now UI paradigm. There are so many things that take longer on Android. I keep holding out hope that one day I can come back but seeing stuff like this is rather disheartening; doesn't seem like there will be a whole lot to come back to. Sure, Microsoft has tacitly given up on this current iteration of mobile devices and is waiting for the "next big thing," but it's very sad that their current decisions for Windows on Phones has pretty much betrayed every developer that's poured their heart and soul into the platform. Why would any dev want to come back or even right now, invest in UWP?
  • Gave up too a few months back after years with Lumia's like 1020, 635 the 650, due to the dwindling apps.  Now iPhone 6S and even put my Surface 3 in a drawer for an iPad Air 2 and Apple Watch.  Will be hard pressed to switch back. Microsoft sure smooched the pooch on mobility.
  • Ok troll.
  • Why would you ditch Surface for iCrap. Watch, maybe??? iPhone, no chance - boring and horrible, even with heaps of apps.
  • I did the same thing. I ditched my surface 3 for an ipad, because traveling, The apps on the ipad are much more useful than a website on the surface 3. Same goes for my iPhone. Had the 1020, Microsoft decided not to support it, and put windows 10 availability to it, so I did what ANY normal human would do, is talk with my wallet. I bought something else. WIndows phone left me...not me it. But the apps make up for the "boring and horrible" IOS. which it's neither. windows 10 mobile is much more boring and horrible since you can only do basic things with it now like check your email, or weather. Surfing the net instead of using apps, that's a massive step backwards in functionality.....check your fanboy at the door aden. I use only windows 10 on computers...but NOT on mobile beause it's so far behind the others....
  • Same thing here. But I went to Android. Windows phone 8.1 was on it's way to catch up with the competition. But then comes another reboot with Windows 10 mobile : Catastrophe planning, Overpromising, feeling of incomplete OS and total desinterest from Microsoft themselve on the OS, Clients and Devs. Just Look at this Website, they went from Windowsphonecentral to Windowscentral. And they justify it by a Hypocrite : Onecore Strategy. While the truth is, it's because the would be now updating the website just once a week and with a bad news about windows 10 mobile like this one. Last but not least : "The surface phone is going to change everything" It's like when the nazis were saying that their miracle weapons will make them win the war. You know what happened after.
  • I said it before Nokia broke the deal and started testing Android waters: The day the Nokia branding leaves Windows is the day the ship sinks because in the international market, Microsoft is just known for Windows ..and believe it or not, some people think Windows is a brand of its own and dont even know of MS. MS puts absolutely zero effort outside of the major EU countries and the US. In the case of Lumia, despite not having the recognition Nokia has around the world, MS put zero effort gain recognition. Despite facing "death" twice now, look at sales of Nokia 6 as evidence to how powerful the Nokia branding is, yet MS failed to capitalize on that when both when Nokia was onboard and when they had broken the deal and could have continued the momentum. It was the Nokia brand that sold Windows Phone devices, they were also the ones bringing major apps to Windows as well as helping mature the OS so it could compete. It seems MS was the only one who was never onboard, as they seem to have just expected it to sell on its own. Shame really cuz i truely love the OS and still enjoy using my 950 over my Galaxy, which will soon be replaced by whatever flagship Nokia announces next week and I hope eventually my 950 for a Surface Mobile.
  • The Delta app did it? It was useless from the start.
  • Yeah, I gave up on android a few months ago. I ditched my landline and my crappy DSL, and upgraded to a 950XL.  I have the cricket $55    12GB plan, and I remote control an i7 on FIOS at my dads for torrents. BTW the 950XL works great with the curved samsung monitors on the continuum dock. I bring my kangaroo PC over to the FIOS once a month and download updates, when I bring it home, it somehow peer to peers the updates out to the rest of the PC's in the house. I know this is a bit off topic, and prolly not for everyone, but hey it worked for me. Hopefully I get two years out of the 950XL, and I'm saving $20 a month so I'll be ready to buy the next Microsoft Phone. I dont care if they dump the whole existing WP OS, as long as the new system does continuum, and is compatible with onedrive, groove, office etc (the microsoft ecosystem)
  • Windows Central has become the nostalgia site for Windows Phone.
  • Yeah, I'm leaving too with tax return money. Not much so will have to stay budget, but this Aristo or whatever on T-Mobile has same or better specs than my 640. Will miss live and transparent tiles but will be nice to have better selection of apps that are supported, fully featured and not third party. Looking forward to real Soundcloud app and local TV station news apps.
  • all MS services are available on IOS and work better on the iPhone/ipad as well! speaking from experience of course...not from fanboy blindness that resonates here...
  • I ditched all of the other weather apps because they killed battery just use Cortana mostly.
  • You surely haven't tried out The Weather Network app
  • Strawberry Weather is the next best thing
  • Surely trying to be.. ;) Developer of Strawberry Weather!
  • You are?
  • Yes.. I am!
  • Dude, your app is amazing. Thanks for that.
  • Hey, thank you.. for using Strawberry Weather!
  • Keep up the good work!
  • Thank you!
  • lets all go buy strawberry weather!
  • Sure! ;)
  • I really enjoy using Strawberry Weather. I went from MSN Weather, Accuweather, Perfect Weather Universal, and now Strawberry Weather. I really like the UI of it. Just got the extras to give the dev some coffee for any long nights. If it stays simple and lightweight, this will be a long term app for me.
  • Yes, simple and light weight is the key thought behind the development!
  • Try Strawberry Weather, it's really batery friendly.
  • I use this apps since Wp7
  • Looks like GasBuddy might be next.
  • Nooooo
  • Nooooooo...! Damn them all to hell!
  • If Microsoft ever manages to breathe new life into Windows Mobile 📱 it is going to be a true miracle. For now with a heavy heart I ordered S7 Edge as the replacement for my 950xl, as it no longer has the apps that I need (and some of them it never had but I kept waiting).
  • Just made switch to the edge last week. I will keep my 950 as a backup phone and see what improvements are made.
    With all the Microsoft services available on Android I have kept all my integration with the ecosystem but have gained massively from the increase in app options.
  • My 950xl is awesome, all the apps I need and others I don't. Best camera. Love it until WB's phone or Surface.
  • I do agree, windows 10 mobile is so much better than android and I do solemnly swear to come back the minute Microsoft addresses the app gap. Instagram and Facebook are great on Windows but I do need other apps too, such as updated Spotify to control my receiver, BMW remote for my car, my banking apps, Booking.com, Scrabble for occasional entertainment, imdb for movies,etc. All Microsoft Office apps are already on Android. I've denied myself all the missing apps for far too long. Life is so much easier when everything is available whenever you want it. And with Arrow launcher Android experience is fairly similar to Windows in some ways. I am afraid it could grow on me....
  • Just switching to S7 Edge as well. My experience is kind of mixed. The phone itself is amazing. But android looks like a mess compared to the clean WM/WP UI. I wouldn't say MS apps are better overall there. Like I can't get a black background for MSN News and Money, Outlook is kind of annoying, but bearable, missing a few calendar views. Their widgets are... better to not say a word about those.... Although I got apps what I needed. And lost two of my favorite: Groove and Cortana, those aren't available in my country. Google's assistant... well... again like designed by a developer without any sense of UX (like me). If Microsoft will get something which is working, with the same clean Modern UI, I would go back. But for now. I will swallow the UI, hope for the best and will be happy for the available apps.
  • Been at the top of my start screen since day one. Sucks. I love the devs note-"Windows phone platform is not the stallion it once was". Package Tracker dev pretty much said the same thing-zero interest from MS in supporting this OS. Thanks a lot MS.
  • It's just a weather app guys, yes it'd be good to keep it, but really not worth getting upset over.
  • You can't just look at the termination of this one app and dismiss it just because you don't care about it. That is merely a symptom of a disease. Yeah, it's "just a weather app" now, but it could just as easily be Whatsapp, WeChat, Wells Fargo, or some app that matters to you personally.
  • WhatsApp better not leave. It's essential for me
  • Bing is enough....
  • I also used this for a long time, but moved on to new better W10 UWP apps.  I don't really mind seeing WP8 apps go away anymore; it's all W10 UWP or bust from here on out.  Of course it's still unfortunate for those who are still using a WP8 device and can't get a Windows 10 Mobile device yet.
  • Myradar is the best
  • Noooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Gods dammn it this sucks!! What else is good for weather lock screen support besides Amazing Weather HD? I've yet to find a good replacement.
  • Appy Weather and MeteoLens are two other weather apps that provide lock screen support.
  • Try Forecast. It supports lock screen, transparent live tiles and a lot of other features packed in. And it CAN SHOW WIND SPEED IN meters/second, unlike that not so amzing ex weather hd.
  • I swear I have had this app since WP7.
  • My favorite is Mlens
  • Sadc damn day, paid for it and it was the BEST damn weather app on WP... CRAP!
  • Thankfully my addiction to Amazing Weather was gone about a year ago after regular problems with losing settings and not updating.
  • Cry me a river. They got my money several years ago but they didn't update it for so long. I stick with Microsoft's Weather app on all my devices because you know... It is universal and it is regularly updated.
  • Do people still use apps other than the MS weather app? 
  • Yep, MS weather doesn't give alerts. Need those.
  • It also doesn't have a transparent tile.
  • You are wrong...it did not but now it has been fully transparent for some time. I know because I am looking at my background picture right through it.
  • it sure does for 8 months now, do you have a windows phone?
  • Just about time to hang up the Windows Phone.
  • Shame.. Just stick with Ms apps and wait for a proper pocket PC where you can bypass the app culture. See Windows phone as a Business phone and we'll be ok. Consumer, populist apps are on their way out.
  • App culture is not going anywhere. Software for computers are not mobile centric. They provide less function in mobile situations. So POCKET PC....which was tried once already and failed, will not Boost anything....
  • Sad to see them go. Well, it's expected. 4castr wasn't updated pretty long time too so I guess it's just the metter of time that dev quit too. Not to blame them, but MS.
  • It was never a UWP app. Microsoft's own weather app is nice. I also recommend The Weather Channel app. The developers who don't make UWP apps don't even bother with PC apps. There's so many other options.
  • Truth be told it wasn't really that amazing of a weather app. I keep 4castr as my weather live tile.
  • Would there be a reason for apps like this one to not be open sourced? Drop the code on GitHub and have the dev community have at it. I would build hackathons around this kind of thing if the project is feasible. Ongoing support, not sure about that, or funding for server side content or licenses, but it would be app dependant.
  • This is a bummer, might go back to 4castr for alerts
  • Don't know what you do any more. I bought weather hd several months back because I want to support developers that hang on in there with Windows Phone, where has it got me.
  • Another one bits the dust, I just got a iPhone 7plus to replace my Lumia 1520 and what's really sad is Microsofts game app for the Xbox on the lumia isn't as good as it is on apple, goes to show you how Microsoft cares about its own users.
  • Ya, I Carry my 1520 and an LG Android phone daily. Same apps installed on both and SquareHome launcher in the android phone for the whole Windows Phone look and feel. Live tiles and all. The Android version of everything just works so much better and a hell of a lot faster. It's sad how Microsoft is just letting Windows Mobile die on the vine.
  • Sad to see this app go. I remember using it on my Lumia 920 the first time. Sigh ... Windows 8.1 showed So much promise back then. Now I truly feel like windows 10 will die before it even gets a chance to shine (and it does so many things right.....)
  • Yeah, I loved this app on my 920. Hard to believe that was more than four years ago. Such promise, wasted.
  • That's definitely sad news. Till this day still one of my go-to weather apps on my Lumia other than the stock app
  • What's a good lock screen weather app that can replace this one?
  • Retrenchment....good grief.... ROFLMAO!
  • Used this back in the windows phone 7 mango days! Since I got my 950 just used the Microsoft weather app. Shame to see one of the big original ones go. Slowly but surely windows mobile is just becoming a business phone. I'm so jealous of my wife's one plus 3t with its near unlimited apps.
  • AHHHHHHH! All the apps I use are leaving...
  • Pity, however I started using the preinstalled weather app (microsoft's own I think) about couple months ago simply because it does much more than look amazing...I live in mountains and realtime/interactive weather maps are a must which the app delivers. Amazing weather only offered a snapshot of precipitation without forecast etc...so thanks, but i am still good ;)
  • Retrenchment!!! Bots will take over /S
  • Ahhhh...remember when Microsoft hired the token CEO for an ungodly amount of cash and he then did NOTHING? DUMP THIS IDIOT ALREADY.
  • ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!  Face it man, we got started real late. This decent didn't begin with this CEO, but will probably end with him. It began with Balmer. Remember the long delay for something then we got the MS Kin? Not just Kin, its deluxe model, the Kin II.  Sent this to Verizon and they dropped kicked it. Didn't want to talk to MS since.  They did get started but it takes money to push into a market 4 years later. Then Balmer created a rift with Google and we were slowed considerably. The rest is history.
  • Ballmer made and effort..this clown spends his whole time telling us how we should feel about immigration, while at the same time telling women they dont have a right to ask for a raise....all while the brand he is put in charge of is crapping it in one of the most important markets. He is an utter failure.
  • Ohhh.. That's a bad news. It was my best weather app. The best part was highly customizable the lock screen.
  • Death of a thousand cuts, continues.
  • I'm at a loss. If it is as easy as they say to make a Desktop app and make very small adjustments to bring it to the Mobile devices, what's the deal? Even if there is that many of us, if its that easy, it should be worth it for a tiny few.