Yahoo! Weather – Beautiful and Accurate

Total Score:   30

If you are interested in an app that offers you varied weather information that is easy to access, then Yahoo! Weather is the app for you.  I’ve reviewed a lot of weather apps, and tried them regularly and I’m finding this new Yahoo! app very appealing. All the information is available by swiping left/right or up/down.  It doesn’t get any easier than that!


Price Rating = 5     Free.   You would think you should pay for a full-featured app like this.

 Ease of Use Rating = 5     Very simple to use.  You move around the app with gestures.

 Readability Rating = 5     The main temperature is nice and large.  Some of the other text is smaller, but still readable.

Will You Use It Rating = 5     This is an app you will likely use daily.

Downsides Rating = 0     I have been using it for almost a week and haven’t found any issues with it.  It is not optimized for the iPad.   This app could really pop on an iPad.

 Consumer Review Rating = 5    There have been over 3,320 ratings and it has been well received by users.  App users are highly critical and it’s impressive that this app is rated so high.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     Knowing the weather helps you plan your day.

How does it work?

  1. When you open the app it asks if it can use your current location.  You tap OK so that you can get your local weather.   A tiny tutorial appears next showing the two commands – swipe up/down for details and left/right for cities.
  2. The app, when it captures your location, is immediately ready for use.  The first screen shows a nice (local) photo, the local temperature and the high and low for the day.  It also has the city name at the top of the screen and the time.
  3. Swiping up reveals the hour by hour temperatures.  You can swipe left to right on that bar to move back and forth between the hours.   On this screen you also see the highs and lows for the next five days.
  4. Swiping down further you see the humidity and visibility.  You will also see a summary of the weather tonight and tomorrow.
  5. Another swipe down brings up a map.  You can tap it to make it a little larger and pinch and zoom to see more detail.
  6. Below the map is the precipitation forecast and wind forecast.  Wind turbines show you the wind speed.
  7. The last information provides you the position of the sun and moon.  A graphic shows you how high the sun (or moon) is in the sky.
  8. The only other thing you need to know is that you can tap the PLUS sign in the top right corner to add other cities you might be interested in. You enter either a zip code or city name.
  9. Tapping the icon in the top left corner brings up the list of cities that are included.  You can delete the ones already loaded and/or add your own cities.

Try this app and see what you think. It did receive an Apple Design Award for 2013.  I’d love to know if this is your favorite weather app, or is there another one that is your daily go-to app.  Right now, for me, this one is winning over the competition.

Devices:  This app is compatible with iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, 5), iPod Touch (3rd, 4th and 5th generation) and iPad.  This app is optimized for iPhone5.  It requires iOS 5.0 or later.  It was developed by Yahoo! Inc.

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