Weather is a universally popular topic. It affects just about everyone (unless you work from home) and it's the kind of lowest common denominator topic that you can talk about with just about everyone from a perfect stranger to your significant other. Weather apps for iOS are equally as popular and you probably have one on your front page. As a result, there are a lot of weather apps available on the App Store, which also makes it incredible hard to find the right one.
My current favorite weather app for iOS is the beautifully designed, gesture-friendly Haze ($0.99, App Store). The power is in its simplicity. Haze features three screens that show the most important weather information — sun, temperature and precipitation — without any clutter. Each screen displays the current weather conditions for your current location smack in the middle of the screen.
If you swipe down, Haze shows the five-day forecast across the top third of the screen. If you want less information, swipe up to hide the five-day forecast. If you want more information just touch the sun, temperature or precipitation orb in the center of the screen to get more details like:
- Sunshine hours, UV, cloud coverage, sunrise and sunset times
- High and low temperatures for the day, windchill, windspeed and wind direction
- Precipitation chance & amount, humidity levels and atmospheric pressure
What's especially nice is the subtle, pulsing up or down animation that tells you the trend for tomorrow. Haze only works with your current location, which I don't mind, but some users will object to its lack of multiple location support.
Haze is the Clear leader in weather apps and has earned a spot on my home screen.
What's your weather app of choice these days?