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The best alternative weather apps for iPhone from charts to forecasts to allergy information and more!

With iOS 7 Apple redesigned the built-in Weather app with edge-to-edge graphics and subtle, elegant animations. However, it's still powered by Yahoo! and its still decidedly on the simple side. Since weather apps have become something of a playground for great designers and developers these days, it's not surprising that there are many excellent, yet very different alternatives in the App Store. The toughest part is choosing between them. That's where we come in! Here are our current favorites!

Weather Line

Weather Line combines the best parts of both the Dark Sky and forecast.io services. If you're in the US or UK and want up to the minute rain predictions, Dark Sky can provide that and it comes bundles in Weather Line. Aside from great precipitation data, Weather Line graphs the weather in one of the most meaningful and useful ways we've ever seen; through a series of gorgeous charts and easy to read graphs.

If rain prediction is important to you, get Weather Line.

Yahoo Weather

The Yahoo Weather app is pretty much what the native Weather app in iOS 7 became but much less robust. If you like the look and feel of the native Weather app but just don't feel it provides enough information, the Yahoo Weather app can fill that gap. With forecasts, sunrise and sunset information, wind speeds, and more, there's much more data to check out here than what Apple gave you stock.

If you like the native Weather app's design and just want more data, get Yahoo Weather.

Perfect Weather

Perfect Weather by Contrast does a great job of balancing features and screen real estate. It aggregates data from NOAA which unfortunately makes it a US only app. It's one of our favorites because the card style interface and the balance between useful data and avoiding clutter was done exceptionally well.

If you don't need advanced weather data and like apps that feature card style layouts, check out Perfect Weather.

Today Weather

Today Weather works as a system of charts and graphs. The high and low temperature graphs are some of the best laid out I've seen so if forecasts are your thing, Today Weather does an amazing job at displaying them. The hourly breakdowns inside Today Weather are well thought out and easy to read as well. Even better yet, it's a universal app for both iPhone and iPad.

If you want a weather app that's not only gorgeous on iPhone, but on iPad as well, get Today Weather.

AccuWeather Platinum

AccuWeather is one of the longest standing weather services around and their app for iPhone is jam packed with not only current weather conditions but forecasts, maps, news, and live videos. AccuWeather is one of the only weather apps that provides information on how current weather conditions impact outdoor fitness activities. The platinum version can also send you push notifications for alerts and warnings about weather conditions in your area, as well as removes all ads.

If you're a runner or want a way to know how weather conditions affect outdoor fitness, get AccuWeather Platinum.

The Weather Channel Max

The Weather Channel Max provides almost as much information as AccuWeather Platinum but manages to do it with a much cleaner interface. Along with live videos and radar maps, The Weather Channel Max also has a feature called PollenCast that can give up to date information on pollen counts around you. Easy swipe gestures let you quickly switch between locations in any tab as well which makes navigation lightning fast.

If you or someone in your home suffers from pollen allergies, The Weather Channel Max is a no brainer since it can give you information on tree, weed, and grass pollen counts in just a few taps.

Your favorite alternative weather apps?

If you don't use the stock iOS 7 Weather app, let us know in the comments which alternative weather apps are your favorites! What made you choose those particular apps over the stock app or any of the ones listed above?

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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GlennRuss says:

eWeather HD. Nice app, and has radar.

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Kevin Cane says:

For Australians, Pocket Weather by Shifty Jelly pretty much can't be beaten. Okay it hasn't been updated to match the look of iOS 7, but it's still the best IMO.

Rene Ritchie says:

I was just about to add that. Pocket Weather, while shifty, also looks great. (If one believes Australia has any weather...)

Allyson Kazmucha says:

I had Pocket Weather and Aero on my finalists list. This was a harder category to narrow down. :)

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ctt1wbw says:

I agree with Perfect Weather. Very nice.

cctpitts01 says:

Hey Ally i thought i would bring it to your attention, the last app on the list you have it listed as Free but when you click on the link the app is $3.99

octiviotti says:

I use Aero everyday. For me, its the best alternative

Kevin Cane says:

Well, with the Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, using Wikipedia to research climate change, I don't think the politicians believe we do either... ;)

Bbar5385 says:

Agree, Pocket Weather is in a class of its own.

ctt1wbw says:

Actually Shade is my personal favorite. It's so uncluttered that it reminds you that you don't need a weather app that gives you every detail about the weather to be just right. I recommend checking that one out.

Here's the link for Shade: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shade/id601754469?mt=8&at=10l3Vy&ct=d_im

haxrnick says:

Wow this looks beautiful

robertk328 says:

NiceWeather is similar in looks and is free

ctt1wbw says:

I have NiceWeather and it is nice, pardon the pun, but the readings are not of this planet.

cctpitts01 says:

The Weather Channel Max app is $3.99 not free.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

Whoops sorry about that, fixed now!

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cctpitts01 says:

It's ok just wanted to let you know that's all :)

pjdpinheiro says:

forecast.io for me. Not a "trully" application, but it's really useful.

ammarmalik2011 says:

How can anyone hate the default iOS app?!!

lakelucas says:

Check The Weather is great as well. Great if you like to choose your typeface.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/check-the-weather/id557872119?mt=8&at=10...

pappy53 says:

Weatherbug Elite is great.

Rowanova says:

My favorite too. I've been using it for years, on several phones.

sanibel says:

Aero -- heads down, my best experience. Thing is, if the app doesn't have a temp badge that shows on my home-screen, it doesn't belong on my phone ;)

lpotr4 says:

^^ Totally agree here! I've tried other apps with temp badges such as Weather Live, Fahrenheit, and Weather On before discovering and loving Aero. If Apple had only provided live weather badges or in-icon weather, I would have happily stuck with the stock weather app.

ArgonNJ#CB says:

I wish MS would release Bing Weather for the iphone. It's great on WP.

Adora says:

I love the core premise of Swackett, because I don't want to use my precious brain power to translate a weather report into what I should wear. I've been a loyal user for years, but the iOS 7 update totally jumped the shark with "fashionable" avatars and a bunch of silly bonus features that get in the way: http://xs10.swackett.com/s2/

There's a Swackett Lite that still uses the old style, but only uses male avatars (booooo): http://xs10.swackett.com/s2/apps-and-editions/swackett-lite/

Are there any other weather apps similar to what Swackett used to be?

Allyson Kazmucha says:

Looks like they brought back the classic version? In the photos they show female AVs. Is this different than what you have?

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/swackett-classic-weather-fashion/id52788...

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Jbbarrette says:

Weather underground works great!

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nikkisharif says:

I'm currently using Living Earth. Got it free through my Starbucks app & I love it

jblank says:

Weather Live is what I use and it is outstanding.

floydstyle says:

I must have spent around 20$ on weather apps and my fav one is Today weather

Keldog says:

The best radar only app is RadarScope. Hands down. At $9.99, it isn't cheap.. but the best rarely is.

pwiss says:

My favorite alternative weather app is My Cast! It's very clean and accurate, the interface is exceptionally easy to navigate. I need accurate daily and even hourly forecasts for one of my part time jobs and I use My Cast over all other apps.

kwp217 says:

I use my local news channel (WRAL) weather app. NC weather constantly fluctuates and they give nice weather alerts based on current location.

Tech Madness says:

It's not that bad?

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Tech Madness says:

The Weather Channel app is fine and o yea it has to be FREE!!!

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Galley says:

I use MeteoGroup's WeatherPro, and its companion app, MeteoEarth.

gewappnet says:

Yes, WeatherPro is the best. But this hugely popular app in Germany seems to be unknown in the USA.

Erica Lucha says:

Solar. It is aesthetically pleasing.

csd says:

Weather Bug. I've downloaded dozens but that's the one I always end up coming back to.

Rolandh says:

I prefer the stock weather app, it's already built into iOS so it's not taking up extra memory & the lack of a live icon doesn't bother me since it shows in Notification Centres Today page.

basil cat says:

Intellicast is my favorite. Works great on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC.

ctt1wbw says:

I've been hounding this company for a few years to offer a Pro version without the ads. It's a nice app but I refuse to buy a subscription to it.

Cameron_bing says:

Forecast is one of my happy weather apps. It's a web app.
http://forecast.io/

northstahr says:

I like Yahoo Weather. Simple, clean and good radar information.

erickzelaya says:

Check out OutCast ( www.outcast.io ). This is a new app soon to be released in the app store. They are currently in beta and if you send a request to support@outcast.io, I am sure you can get on the list.

Guy4Tech says:

Yahoo! Weather is the best one. I wish it was the default..

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Ledsteplin says:

I like Weather Underground. It provides all I need, including a weather radio. I also use Thermometer for the icon badge current temp. But I'm gonna check out Aero.

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exnerd says:

Anyone notice how none of these kinds of weather app reviews ever talk about accuracy? Personally, I'd much rather have an accurate-but-not-pretty forecast than a gorgeous app that constantly leaves me sopping wet when it predicts a dry day.

Loke2112 says:

Weatherunderground

Nothing else come close really to their accuracy.

And how can an app be a finalist and not have radar? I mean really all you have to do is look at reliable radar and you know what's happening basically.

ron_hites says:

"WeatherBug" is an awesome app that I use the most. And one very nice thing about it is it's FREE...

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kirualex says:

A little disappointed not to see Nice Weather 2 in this list :(
Maybe next time !

Elecont_LLC says:

eWeather HD. This is the ONLY weather app on the app store that I've found, which both looks good and has a high degree of accuracy. I've tried a ton of 'em too. With the latest update for iOS 7… It's all the better! Yes, this is one app which actually looks better after the iOS 7 update!!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eweather-hd-weather-forecast/id401533966...

Claude Turcot says:

Here's a new one with a twist! Weather Chum is showing you the weather with a cartoonish scenery, very accurate also and a character that reacts to the conditions!

Check it out on the app store!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weather-chum/id803572230?ls=1&mt=&at=10l...