The Weather Channel for iPhone review

The Weather Channel for iPhone is the most popular alternative to Apple's built-in Weather app and it recently received a complete makeover. It still has all the great features of the previous design, but the new UI is much more beautiful and user friendly.

The main screen of the Weather Channel displays the location (with zip code) and the temperature in a nice big font. In smaller letters underneath the temperature, you'll find what the temperature "feels like" and the high and lows for the day. If you tap the + sign, you'll find more detailed information for wind, humidity, UV index, dew point, visibility, pressure, and sunrise and sunset times.

The background of the home screen will change depending on the time of day and current weather conditions. You can also customize it with your own photo.

In addition to the current conditions, The Weather Channel also has tabs for the hourly, 36 hour, and 10 day forecasts.

The other sections in The Weather Channel are Map, Video, Social and In Season.

The Map tab lets you layer radar, clouds, radar/clouds, temperature, feels like, 24-hr rainfall, 24-hour snowfall, and UV index over the map. There is a key at the top so you know what the colors on the map represent.

The Video section is filled with must-see, local, and world videos as well as videos that are on TV.

The Social tab lets you read tweets about the weather both nearby and regionally. You can also check out photos taken by other Weather Channel users in the iWitness section.

From the In Season tab, you can check pollen, hurricane, and tide forecasts. The pollen and hurricane forecasts include maps and diagrams and are very informative. The marine section breaks the down sea, waves, wind, and high tide information into a nice, easy-to-read 2-day forecast broken down into separate morning, afternoon, even, and night sections.

The good

  • Much better design than before
  • Current, hourly, 36-hour, and 10-day forecasts
  • View maps of clouds, radar, and more
  • Videos
  • Read tweets about the weather
  • View photos taken of the weather
  • Check pollen, hurricane, and tide forecasts

The bad

  • Ads are annoying. I would gladly purchase an upgrade that removed them.

The bottom line

The Weather Channel for iPhone was always a good weather app, but now it's a great alternative to Apple's built-in Weather app. The new UI is much better -- both on the eyes and to use.

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Leanna Lofte

App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor. Follow her on Twitter @llofte and send her apps to consider for review at iosapps@imore.com

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MAGNUS says:

Completely agree about the ads. Great app but very annoying.

Mike says:

Just looked in AppStore there is a paid ad free version...

iChrisMackey says:

there's the weather channel max app thats ad free but hasnt gotten the makeover. it's a 99 cent version of the app with no ads

iChrisMackey says:

nevermind its 4 dollars. sorry

Jay says:

Removed ads with Firewall IP from cydia. I didn't even had to add an extra server, was already on my always block list (its probably admob tho).
Once it can't load the ads it removes the space for them as well

Jason says:

This update did not take place for the pay version. The free and paid versions are different. The paid version should get the update - it currently uses the old interface

Leon says:

It's funny how the free version (ads supported) always get frequent updates than the paid version (ads free). Check the comments at the AppStore, a lot of people are pissed off, LOLz

larrymcj says:

What a ripoff!!! I love the new FREE version of The Weather Channel so decided to finally pay the $3.99 for the ad-free version. Much to my surprise I find that the paid version is the OLD The Weather Channel. I wasted $3.99 and now have to go back to the old version just to have the new UI.

Rockdog says:

I like it, but the weather temp is not consistent with the stock weather app, so when I use a program like WeatherIcon, it shows a different temp than the stock app.. and that drives me crazy..

RobA says:

I have always used this app, but for the past few months the current temp is ALWAYS wrong. It usually shows 5-10 degrees cooler than it actually is. Every other weather app shows correctly, but not this one. Very annoyed with that, and it has NOT been fixed with the new UI. I use Accuweather instead most of the time now. I like TWC app better overall, but the wrong current temp is ridiculous.