Weather apps like AccuWeather have recently become very popular for their accurate weather reporting as well as an easy-to-use interface. However, there are rumors that the new iOS version of the app might be sending location data to a third-party data monetization firm known as “RevewalMobile”. This has created a disturbing situation for many Apple consumers as this might cause a breach of privacy. And although, the reports might not be authentic – many users are making a shift from AccuWeather to other weather reporting apps to protect their personal information. If you are also looking for a safer alternative, then check out these top 8 AccuWeather alternatives for iPhone and iPad.
8 AccuWeather Alternatives for iPhone and iPad
Below are the top 8 weather information apps for iPhone and iPad to download and use in 2017:
1. Yahoo Weather
Yahoo weather is one of the most popular weather apps for both – iOS and Android device. Similar to AccuWeather, the Yahoo app also provides hourly weather updates and displays information in a simple and easy-to-understand format. An option to see the 5-day forecast as well as the 10-day forecast is also available. Apart from these features, the Yahoo weather app shows the users complete information about humidity, visibility, and snow/rain updates.
The Yahoo weather app also won the Apple Design Award in the year 2013 for its aesthetically-pleasing design.
2. Dark Sky
The Dark Sky works similarly to other weather-reporting apps and sports a great interface and layout for the convenience of users. Apart from a 24-hour forecast, the app also shows a 7-day forecast along with the usual details about humidity, temperature, and wind speed.
However, the aspect that makes Dark Sky stand out from the crowd is the accurate information about any developing storms. As you follow a specific storm, the app will give you details as it grows in size, whether it makes landfall, and how much time you have left before the storm hits your location.
Additionally, the Dark Sky allows users to check the detailed weather update of any place in the world using the 3D earth.
Download Dark Sky from App Store
Undoubtedly, the MeteoEarth is one of the best-designed weather apps. This is because the app is based on a professional weather broadcast tool used by TV presenters around the world. What makes it more interesting that you can see the weather transition on the map similar to what you see on TV while pausing, rewind, and moving forward to get future updates as well.
The “Storm Tracker” feature is also available to track any upcoming storm to hit your area while the app also allows users to access live weather webcams at hundred locations worldwide.
Download MeteoEarth from App Store
4. The Weather Channel
The iOS app comes with a simple user-interface but unlike Yahoo Weather, this app provides users with detailed information about the weather. Apart from hourly and daily forecasts, the Weather Channel app also offers a 15-day forecast which will certainly be helpful for travelers.
Some prominent features of the Weather Channel app include:
- Comprehensive information about wind speed, atmospheric pressure, humidity, and UV radiation
- Detailed information about the road conditions and how they are affected by the current weather
- Brief news reports about local and national weather
Overall, the Weather Channel app for mobile is one of the most detailed apps for global weather information.
5. Weather Underground
Clearly, this app is built for the more experienced users who know how to read charts and graphs. Apart from detailed information about the temperature, atmospheric pressure, precipitation, and wind speed/directions – the Weather Underground app for iOS device allows users to contribute info to the app as well. For example, the “Sky Report” feature allows users to report back on the accuracy of the weather forecast while the “Hazard Report” allows users to report any flooding, power outages, avalanches, sleet, etc. that occurred due to weather conditions. Users can also register their own weather stations to work within the platform. Above all, the Weather Underground app is fully customizable so you can make any changes to the feature according to your preferences.
Price: Free for ad version, $1.99 per year for the non-ad app
Another free weather app that offers users with 18 different interactive weather maps including Doppler radar, wind, temperature, lightning, pressure, and humidity. Lighting alerts – “Sparks” are also provided by the app which gives instant updates about any potential “sparks of lightning” to hit your chosen area.
Additional features include:
- Weather forecasts for up to 10days
- Updates about potential storms
- Integrated with 2.6 million location and 10,000 weather stations around the world
Price: Free for the ad version, $2.99 to remove the ads
As the name suggests, the app allows users to view NEXRAD Level 3 data which is something that only professional meteorologists will find handy. Apart from the basic weather information, the app can track the storm and display the native radar data from any of the 156 NEXRAD sites and 45 TDWR sites in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada radars.
In short, the RadarScope gives the iPhone users complex information and if it’s something you would like to have in your device, then be prepared to pay a price as well. A yearly subscription for the app starts from $9.99 to $99.99 depending on the features you selected.
Price: $9.99 – $99.99
8. Hurricane by American Red Cross:
Lastly, but definitely not the least – the official hurricane-tracking app by the American Red Cross is one of the best out there for predicting storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Custom alerts and push notifications can also be set which notifies you immediately about any severity in weather conditions.
The app prepares you fully in case of an oncoming storm by guiding you with step-by-step instructions on what to do during and after the storm, marking all safe Red Cross shelters you can access, and health-related information that becomes very useful in stressful times. A “Hurricane Toolkit” is also available which includes a strobe light and a flashlight.
The Red Cross Hurricane app is a must-have, especially in hurricane-prone areas. However, don’t expect much from it for basic weather information.
Download Hurricane app from App Store
The Top AccuWeather Alternatives for iPhone and iPad
Most of us would definitely hate to part ways with AccuWeather as its one of the best and easy-to-use app for common users like you and me. However, with the latest news coming in about AccuWeather’s integration with a third-party app – I am also apprehensive about using it on my new device. What do you say? Will you make the shift, even if only temporarily or continue with AccuWeather as a loyal user? Do let us know your thoughts in the comments below!