Full disclosure up front. The weather app I chose might not be right for you, it’s a very personal Choice but I thought I’d share my process and results. You may well go through the same or similar process and end up with a different answer.
For a long time I used the standard built in weather apps within my smartphone and before that our various websites. While I had noticed some inaccuracies, especially in long term forecasts. They were generally usable. However, in the last couple of years I had encountered more issues.
Since moving to Poland, I had noticed that the built in weren’t reliable. They would get the temperature wildly off and fairly to report any risk of rain (when it poorer). I had found that the bbc website wasn’t accurate enough for me in Spain, but I still had other options. But in Poland, nothing seemed to work.
In addition, since I got an Apple Watch, I found I wanted weather data more and noticed it’s inaccuracies more.
So I set out to find an app that was useful.
I had picked up Dark Sky during a summer stay in the UK after hearing it was great for local weather data including rain warnings. It worked as promised and I thought I had found the perfect weather app. Unfortunately it didn’t last.
When I returned to Poland I discovered that Dark Sky didn’t have any of the power features, like rain warnings, in Poland and its data was highly inaccurate. This was a failure on the first point of what is vital for a weather app. However, I stuck with Dark Sky as it seemed fairly accurate (at least, as accurate as the default apps), and I knew it would be great in the UK.
Enter the Apple Watch
When I got an Apple Watch, I knew that I wanted to see my weather information on one of my watch faces. It made sense to me as this is pretty useful information. It was this which highlighted how inaccurate the weather data was and made me crave a more accurate app. At the same time, I valued the Apple Watch integrations which lead to one of my unfortunately requirements for my perfect weather app.
My Requirements for my perfect weather app
- runs on iOS
- has an Apple Watch app
- Has accurate weather data
Finding an accurate weather source.
So I started downloading different weather apps that used different weather sources. I quickly realised that many of the good weather apps I had heard recommended used “Dark Sky” as their weather source. At this point I want to repeat that I believe Dark Sky is brilliant in certain situations, it just seemed it wasn’t in my own.
I quickly came across weather underground, one of the apps that I had heard used a different weather data source. It turned out that this was not only a highly accurate system for my location, but also showed local weather stations that were collecting data. This meant my first criterion was met.
Finding the right app that used Weather underground
For some reason, I couldn’t see a Watch complication for weather underground when I first downloaded the app, and that was a deal breaker for me. In addition I had downloaded a different app already which I knew had a great weather complication on the Apple Watch. And that app is Carrot weather.
Why I Picked Carrot Weather
I had heard people sing the praises of the sassy carrot weather before but frankly didn’t see the point in spending so much money on a weather app. However, it was the only app that ticked all my criteria…When you purchases an Ultra premium subscription.
Yes that;s correct, to get the Apple Watch complication on Carrot weather, you need to have a premium subscription…but to get weather underground as your weather source, you need to get an ultra premium subscription.
Have you searched for the perfect weather app for yourself? Which did you end up with and why?