Best for the Data-Driven Weather Enthusiast
The App: With its spartan design and layers of technical information, the Weather Underground app is for true “weather geeks,” says Huff. The app’s main pull is its “hyper-local” weather reporting, which allows users to check the weather by city, zip code, and even by neighborhood or street — all made possible by Weather Underground’s unique data collection system.
The Data: Weather Underground, which is owned by the same company as The Weather Channel, relies on data collected by private individuals with personal weather reporting stations. There are about 100,000 of these in the network. The app allows users to zoom in and check the weather at any of these private stations, but Nese is cautious about their accuracy. He recommends using them to evaluate basic local patterns — like whether it’s warmer on one side of town — than to pinpoint exact temperature or precipitation values.
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