Weather applications

If you’re looking for weather apps that will make your flight experience much better, here are the 5 best apps for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

Now, the apps are displayed based on their ranking in “QUALITY“.

If you’re looking for weather apps that will make your flight experience much better, here are the 5 best apps for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

Now, the apps are displayed based on their ranking in “VALUE“.

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MyRadar – Weather Radar

FREE;  Professional Radar – $6.99; Hurricane Tracker – $2.99; Aviation Charts – $24.99

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Visibility

85

Impact Score

95

Quality Score

94

Value Score

There are literally hundreds of radar apps in the App Store, because checking the radar is an essential task for pilots and non-pilots too. Almost all of these apps use the data of the National Weather Service, so the only difference between these apps is mostly how this data is presented. One of our favorites is MyRadar. It`s free, fast and easy to use with a high quality looping radar. But as we’ve mentioned before, there are also some nice aviation features in it: like an AIRMETs & SIGMETs overlay. One of its additional feature is weather warnings and alerts (and providing push notifications). Unfortunately the app is only available in the USA.

DarkSky

$3.99

58

Visibility

78

Impact Score

86

Quality Score

67

Value Score

Dark Sky offers scarily accurate minute-by-minute predictions for precipitation and pushes alerts so you don’t have to unlock your phone. Dark Sky app uses GPS to find the exact location updating every minute to get the most precise location. The app keeps working in the background and sends alerts to notify you about an upcoming rain, storm or thunder. A typical push notification from Dark Sky might say “Light Rain starting in 12 minutes,” which means you have exactly 12 minutes to find cover or grab an umbrella if you want to stay dry. Watch weather patterns evolve globally or right in your neighborhood in Dark Sky’s stunningly smooth map simulations. Pull storms back and forth through time – and into the future – to see what the weather has to offer.

Aviation Weather Route Planner – METAR, NOTAM

Basic – Free; in-app purchase: $9.99

59

Visibility

82

Impact Score

86

Quality Score

79

Value Score

Get current and precise METAR & NOTAM weather conditions and weather forecasts (TAF), which are used by pilots for their flight preparations. Its main advantage is that you can choose from 20 000+ worldwide airport weather stations from the built-in database. Search by either name, ICAO code or your current location. Data can be shown in its original form or decoded into easily understandable texts. It supports different measurement systems and provide a useful feature: automatic wind calculation. You can use it on different devices like iPhones, iPad or even on Android phones. No matter what’s the weather like, Aviation Weather Route Planner is up to it. It offers far more than most of the weather apps, yet it’s delightfully simple to use.

Windy

FREE – Windy Pro: $9.99

49

Visibility

76

Impact Score

78

Quality Score

77

Value Score

While thunderstorms and ice get all the attention, wind is actually the most common reason for flights to get cancelled. That’s why we like this app: it shows current and forecast wind conditions (animated wind map shows cyclones and hurricanes) for thousands of locations, and offers the ability to search by airport identifier. Windy offers real-time data from 30.000+ weather stations and 1-hour accurate worldwide wind forecast from NOAA. What makes the app outstanding is its elegant design and beautiful animations. The map view – in particular is a fantastic way to get a bigger overall view.

RadarScope

$9.99 – Radar Scope Pro subscription: $9.99

52

Visibility

72

Impact Score

75

Quality Score

65

Value Score

RadarScope focuses less on pretty pictures and more on options – you can display any of the 155 different radar sites in the US and even choose between base and composite reflectivity. Having the ability to compare different radar scans can offer some good insights with a little training. With this app you can always be prepared for tornado, flood and severe thunderstorm warnings. The original radar data provides high level of detail helping you in advance flight preparations. There are all kinds of other radar products from velocity to differential reflectivity. RadarScope allows you to zoom in and look for tell-tale severe weather radar signatures too.

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