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Best Apps: Weather

WeatherThe apps in this section fall into two main subcategories. The "general" weather apps have current weather conditions, short term forecasts, and a ten-day forecast. Many of these also include weather radar to help you visualize what's coming your way. Some even let you download photos and stream video, but this can be a big drain on your data allotment. Most use GPS to pinpoint your exact location and display the appropriate weather information. This section also has "specialized" weather apps oriented for activities like surfing, sailing, skiing, and even storm chasing. These apps could include tide calendars, surf reports, snow reports, or the locations of all the earthquakes that have happened all over the world in the past few days. There are only a little over 600 apps in this section, but you'll be surprised by the variety.

Best of the Best

AeroWeather (Free, app2.me/2392) gives access to worldwide airport weather stations from the built-in database by either name, ICAO code, or based on your current location.

My-Cast Weather Radar ($3.99, app2.me/2895) Delivers comprehensive, yet intuitive, weather information including real-time animated radar, weather maps with conditions, temperatures, dew points, wind direction, and wind speed overlays, and much more.

Nav Clock ($2.99, app2.me/2896) brings together all of the current weather information you need in one clean format.

RadarScope ($9.99, app2.me/2897) is a specialized display utility for weather enthusiasts and meteorologists that allows you view NEXRAD Level 3 radar data along with tornado, severe thunderstorm, and flash flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

The Weather Channel(Free, app2.me/2898) takes your weather experience to the next level with full screen maps, pollen forecasts, and more.

WeatherBug (Free, app2.me/2899) A great source for truly live, local weather–providing users access to the largest network of professional weather stations in the US and thousands of locations around the world.

Snow Reports

Snow Reports ($1.99; app2.me/2740) gives you the ability to create a personalized report of all your favorite ski resorts worldwide.

SnowBomb - Ski & Snow Conditions Reporter (Free; app2.me/2741) You can keep track of your favorite ski resort's conditions and get discounts on your lift tickets while doing so.

The Snow Report (Free; app2.me/2742) allows you access detailed snow conditions, including 24, 48 & 72-hour snowfall totals for your favorite resorts and top 10 resorts globally.

Surf Reports

Surf Report (Free, app2.me/2938) You can check the surf height, swell direction, tide, monitor the weather, and view a 2-day forecast with this app.

MSW Surf Forecast (Free, app2.me/2937) provides detailed, long range surf forecasts for beaches all over the globe.

Surf Watch ($9.99, app2.me/2936) notifies you, via push notification, when wind and wave conditions for your favorite buoys match your ideal surf criteria.