Every year it seems like the weather becomes more and more unpredictable. Not only does it seem like the rainy and dry seasons are all mixed up, but then it also appears as if the hurricane season is getting worse by the year. The attention to weather patterns seems to be even more relevant given the deadly hurricanes Maria and Harvey in 2017 that caused extensive damage across the Caribbean islands.
Instead of sitting around waiting for the next hurricane to hit, I thought it would be a good idea to find the best storm tracking apps. That way, we can keep an eye on developing storms and be one step ahead of the game when a storm hits. I searched through different websites to see what I could find, and I came across a list of the top 10 storm tracker apps.
I tested some of the apps on their list, and I found a few that I thought were great. However, instead of just listing them, I thought it would be useful to also identify what I considered to be the pros and cons of each app.
Wind Map & Hurricane Tracker – Rating: 4.5, Downloads: 500K+
One of my top picks is none other than Wind Map & Hurricane Tracker. One of the main reasons it made the top of my list is because it has up-to-date weather data for any part of the world. I like that not only can you track severe weather conditions like hurricanes, tornadoes, and cyclones, but that you can also view currents and wave information for any part of the ocean. I find it to be a great choice if you enjoy sailing or going on boat trips. Another plus is that you also get weather alerts for developing storms near your area, so you can take any necessary precautions ahead of time.
The only thing I wasn’t a fan of were the ads. Although I didn’t find them to be intrusive, I am not particularly fond of having ads on my phone. However, they are not that frequent, and you also have the option to pay a fee to remove them completely.
Pros:Global weather coverage, ocean currents and wave information, severe weather alerts
Overall:View and track weather conditions for any part of the world, but keep in mind that you will see ads in the free version
Weather by WeatherBug – Rating: 4.5, Downloads: 10M+
Another app that stood out for me is Weather by WeatherBug. I found it really neat that you can get personalized weather alerts and reports depending on the type of activities and hobbies you enjoy doing on a regular basis. For example, if you enjoy going out for bike rides during the day, you might get a notification warning you that it will rain so that you can plan accordingly. I also liked the fact that you can access customized real-time weather reports, that can include everything from humidity, wind and temperature conditions to UV-ray and pollen data. Another neat feature is that you can also read the news and watch videos on weather conditions in your city.
I sincerely couldn’t find something to criticize about the app. However, I did notice in the reviews that some users would like the option to comment on some of the weather photos. Although it is not a deal breaker for me, I can understand why they would want to comment, as some of the photos are truly incredible. Hopefully, the developers can include the option in a future update.
Pros:Personalized weather alerts and reports, activity recommendations, weather news and videos
Cons:No option for commenting on photos
Overall:Great for getting personalized weather reports and activity recommendations, although you won’t be able to comment on weather photos and videos that catch your interest
NOAA Weather Radar & Alerts – Rating: 4.4, Downloads: 10M+
Last but not least, my third pick is NOAA Weather Radar & Alerts. Needless to say, the weather reports and information is obtained directly from NOAA’s database, so you can be sure that you are obtaining the most up-to-date and accurate information available. One of my favorite features is the interactive world map, as you can pan through different countries and visualize what the weather looks like. I also like that you can get weather forecasts for the short and long-term, including highly useful information like the “Feels Like” temperature. Another plus is that you can set up notification alerts so you instantly find out about any severe weather that may be approaching your city.
Like Wind Map & Hurricane Tracker, NOAA Weather Radar & Alerts also has ads. However, I found that the valuable weather information more than makes up for a few seconds of ads here and there. There is also a subscription option that includes additional features and is ad-free if you prefer.
Pros:NOAA powered weather information, interactive world weather maps, weather forecasts, weather alerts
Cons:Ads on startup, occasional banner ads
Overall:Learn about the weather with interactive world weather maps, although you will see occasional ads
Just in case you need an even bigger choice of apps, I suggest you check out the list I used to find these apps. Here’s the link to the list I used in case you want to check it out.
These are my top 3 picks for keeping track of developing storms. Whether you live in a hurricane prone area or not, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on the weather, so you are always prepared for any situation. Happy storm tracking!