Category Archives: Weather

Weather Chum: Add a Little Cartoon-Style Fun to Your iPad Weather App

Weather Chum iPad app

Weather Chum is a new weather app for the iPad and iPhone that brings a fresh new cartoon-style animated interface. There are lots of good and even great weather apps for the iPad; but this one is unique as far as I’m aware in bringing a playful spin to things.

The app offers animated characters and animations to reflect current conditions, and accompanying sound effects. It also lets you share your current weather conditions on Facebook in a fun, comic-book style.

Here are some of the app’s other key features:

– Actual and 7 day-forecast;
– Sunrise and sunset times, wind speed and direction, humidity levels, “feels like” temperature as well as probability of precipitations;
– Fahrenheit or Celsius setting;
– Choose the location where you are (via GPS) and/or up to 3 other cities from anywhere in the world;
– Simple help screen;

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Yahoo Weather: Truly Beautiful New iPad Weather App

Yahoo Weather iPad app

Yahoo’s beautiful weather app has arrived on the iPad, and it’s a lovely breath of fresh air on the iPad screen. As of yesterday, Yahoo Weather is now a universal app that runs on both the iPad and iPhone.

I’ve seen a number of handsome weather apps for the iPad, including long-time favorite Clear Day, but Yahoo Weather is a perfect storm of a great, clean UI and spectacular photos. The photos are pulled from Flickr and used as the full-screen background in the app.

The app also offers a wealth of good weather information. On the main page you get a quick overview of current conditions and today’s forecast by sections of the day.

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WeatherCube: Minimalist, Gestural iPad Weather App

WeatherCube is a minimalist, gesture-driven iPad weather app. It’s got a just about invisible interface that’s all about simple taps and gestures to navigate through your weather information.

I think it’s probably one of those apps you’ll either love or hate. If you like minimal UI style apps like Clear for task management, then you’ll probably enjoy WeatherCube. If you are not a fan of this sort of minimal UI, then you’ll likely want to steer away from this one.

Check out my screencast demo of it above for a good look at how the app works. I don’t think it’s going to replace Weather HD as my go-to weather app, but I do think it’s nicely done and a clever idea.

Let me know in the comments what you think of the app / the demo.

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Review: Breathe for iPad, Weather App

Breathe for iPad

I like minimalist, good looking weather apps for the iPad. That’s why Weather HD has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Breathe for iPad is touted as just the sort of sleek little weather app I tend to like – the App Store page for it calls it cool, intuitive, and awesome.

I’ve been giving it a spin over the last week or so, mainly on my iPad mini. Like Weather HD, and many imitators, the app lets you use ‘dynamic’ backgrounds. You can choose to use these or just a plain, fixed background. The backgrounds are attractive enough, but the word dynamic is a bit of a stretch to apply to them – as they’re still static images that are rotated once in a while if conditions change, not video images as in Weather HD. So you get a sunny sky image for sunny days and appropriate stormy images when there’s inclement weather.

You can toggle on or off some ambient sounds to accompany your weather browsing. I turned these off pretty quickly.

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Weather HD 2 for iPad Released – Gorgeous Weather App Adds Impressive New Features

Weather HD 2 for iPad

Weather HD 2 for the iPad and iPhone has been released on the App Store today. This is a huge update to the already outstanding Weather HD app. Or, as its developers say, a brand new ground-breaking release. Bringing amazing new design and revolutionary new features.

The new Version is 2.0.0 for those  scoring at home, and it really is packed with great new features. This has been my favorite iPad weather app ever since it first hit the App Store back in 2010. It has always boasted a beautiful, simple UI and striking video imagery, and was a repeat selection in our list of Best iPad Apps of 2011.

Here’s the change list for this huge update:
● New stunning weather animations.
● 3D Weather Maps, like you have never seen before.
● QuickView to see the weather at multiple locations at once.
● Severe Alerts with Push Notifications (USA & Europe).
● Social: see your friends’ weather and share yours.
● MultiForecast: add Accuweather & MeteoGroup with in-app purchase.

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MyWeather Dial – Nice, Simple New iPad Weather App

MyWeather Dial

MyWeather Dial is a new weather app for the iPad, released last week. It’s definitely in the ‘light’ weather app category – as it contains just a fairly basic amount of weather information and no weather maps or in-depth data.

I’m a fan of simple iPad weather apps (Weather HD has been my favorite for a long time) so this one caught my eye immediately and I’ve been using it for a few days now. The app’s unique feature (hence the name) is the big weather dial that sits at the bottom center of its screen. This lets you hit the Play button and watch the weather forecast for the next 7 days play out hour by hour. You can hit Pause at any time or hit Rewind to return to current conditions.

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Review – Fizz Weather HD for iPad

Fizz Weather HD for iPad

Fizz Weather HD is one of the latest weather apps for iPad to hit the App Store; released just over a week ago. Fizz Weather itself has been around for years on various mobile platforms and the iPhone version has been in the App Store since 2008, shortly after the store launched.

I always liked Fizz Weather back in Windows Mobile days and also enjoy their iPhone app – so I was keen to give their new HD version for the iPad a look, and I’ve been using it for the last several days.

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Review: Weather Dashboard Free for iPad, a Poster Child for You Get What You Pay For

Weather Free for iPad

Weather Dashboard Free for iPad is touted as ‘the weather app that should have come on the iPad‘. It’s not.  It’s the free weather app for iPad that absolutely feels like a free app, except that it’s a fair bit worse than most free apps.

The screencap above shows the full extent of what you get with the app.  A slim amount of information on current weather conditions, along with temperature outlook (no forecast) for the next five days. That’s it – there’s nowhere to tap for anything further or more details. 

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iPad Weather Apps: Weather HD

Weather HD 

Weather HD is easily the most gorgeous weather app I’ve ever seen, and one of the most beautiful apps of any kind I’ve come across.

It currently offers a slim amount of weather information but presents it beautifully using high-definition videos.

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