iPhone App Review: The Weather Channel

Category: Weather
Price: Free
Release Date: Updated May 17, 2012
Version: 5.0.0
Seller: The Weather Channel
Rated: 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Link to app

TiP Rating: 5/5 Stars

App Store Description:

The Weather Channel provides the most accurate and relevant weather information whenever weather matters to you. With 200+ meteorologists and, our ultra-local TruPoint(sm) forecasting technology, we provide you with the weather tools you need to plan your day, week, or even the next hour.

Summary:

The Weather Channel’s updated iPhone app brings detailed forecasts and weather alerts to your device in real time. Fresh social elements help to make the experience more relevant.

Review: 

It’s been more than three years since The Weather Channel has revamped its app for the iPhone, but I assure this update was well worth the wait. If you’re looking for something more than just a six day forecast, then you’ll want to download TWC.

When you first launch the app you’re greeted by the new default layout, which really puts the focus on the weather with the temperature center-screen in large font. Below the temperature is an option to view addition details about your local conditions, including wind speed, humidity, visibility, and sunrise and sunset.

The new background wallpaper also reflects the weather outside in real time — so if it rains, you’ll see rain, if it’s sunny, you’ll see sun, and so on. You also have the option to change the wallpaper by uploading an image from your photo library. This can be anything from a picture of your dog to yesterday’s sunset.

In addition to viewing your local weather, you can save, edit, and delete your favorite locations. You just need to swipe — previously you had to tap — between locations to view additional forecasts. I’ve noticed that the background is sometimes delayed as it tries to find the current forecast in whatever city I swiped to.

To mange your cities, tap the “i” (settings) icon in the top right corner. If you’d prefer to just perform a quick search instead of adding a new location to the app, tap on the magnifying glass.

Along the lower portion of the screen you have options to switch between the current weather, an hourly break down, a 36-hour and a 10-day forecast. You can view a radar map of your approximate location by tapping on the Map icon in the lower left corner. Press “play” to see how the weather will change over the next hour.

You can also view different layers on the map, including clouds, 24-hour rainfall, 24-hour snowfall, UV index, and so on. Additionally you can switch between a road, satellite, or hybrid map, as well as adjust the layer transparency.

The Weather Channel has also added new social features. You can share and view photos through iWitness, as well as relevant tweets. After granting the app access, you’ll also be able to send tweets directly through TWC’s app.

My personal favorite is the In Season tab, which focuses on allergy reports — specifically, tree pollen, weed pollen, and grass pollen. Through settings, you can make it so TWC notifies you when pollen levels change for certain locations. This is a handy feature for allergy-sufferers.

The Weather Channel for iPhone is sporting a much more impressive interface, which helps make the app feel more relevant. I still check the iPhone’s native weather app when I’m in a hurry, but when I’d like a more thorough report, TWC is my go-to app.. 

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  • Tom73

    Is there a good app that provides historical weather data? Most that I have seen only provides forecast data.

  • Repairman

    When loaded to IPOD, it only opens in initial install, then never again.  Anyone else have this problem?

  • Guest

    It never gets past the loading screen with the logo on it. Was a good app for iPhone, now useless.

  • Leah

    This app keeps freezing on me too. I can reinstall it and get in once, but after that I can’t get past the start up screen so I have to delete and install again if I want to see the weather. :(

  • BillThomas

    that weather app sucks and is a waste of money, half the time it wont load and the push alerts wont work….ill give it a -10/5