The best iOS weather widget apps for the Notification Center

Here is a list of which I think are the best iOS weather widget apps for the Notification Center.

I’ve tried to sum up all great features and lack of features in each widget. So it’s kind of a comparison.

I do hope that at somepoint the folks from forecast.io will add support in 2017 (as they promised) to support also minute by minute rain forecast in the Netherlands as well because this free source does exist at KNMI see here and here. A lot of the below apps do use forecast.io (by DarkSky) as a weather source.

Widget Weather by Trond Rossvoll – 1.99 dollar once
+ very nice UI
+ lots of widget options to select from
+ can set to not use GPS (saves battery usage)
+ shows today + 7 days ahead in widget
+ can choose between two forecast agencies
+ can show small rain bar for upcoming hours although not per minute like e.g. Dark Sky – US only or e.g. Buienalarm widget – NL only)
+ you can set the update interval
– lacks showing percentage of rain expected (the chance of rain) for upcoming hours/days in widget. It does show mm though for upcoming hours and days which is great :)
– lacks minute by minute rain forecast (worldwide)
– awfull app icon + they definitely should switch to another set of Climacons icons which looks much more modern and nice.

(with Climacons icons):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Weather Widget free, for detailed view in-app 3.99 usd/eur (once)
+ very nice UI
+ takes less space in widget but shows much info
– small icons on iPhone 5s/iPad mini2 not sure how it looks on other larger devices
– lacks rain mm in widget (only percentage of rain)
– lacks minute by minute rainforecast (worldwide)
– some things you can’t hide (not much options)

 

 

 

 

Weather Live – free (with ads) or 3.99 dollar once
+ very nice UI
– lacks rain mm in widget
– lacks percentage of rain expected for upcoming hours/days in widget
– lacks minute by minute rain forecast (worldwide)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BeWeather 2 – 2.99 dollar once

+ very nice UI
+ lots of widget options to select from
+ shows mm rain and chance of rain percentage which is great
+ you can switch between locations in widget
– only 3 days ahead in widget
– minute by minute rainforecast available in select countries (US/UK)
– isn’t accurate with showing correct city

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partly Sunny2.99 dollar once
+ very nice UI
– shows rain percentage
– lacks mm of rain
– takes up a lot of space without data on it in Notification Center
– minute by minute rainforecast available in select countries (US/UK)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crisp Weather widget – 0.99 dollar (once)
+ nice UI
+ you can change the size of the widget, timeline part of it
+ you can choose if it uses GPS or not
+ cheap
+/- has minute by minute rain bar but only for select amount of countries (US/UK)
– the settings for showing both upcoming hours so e.g. from now untill 0.00 today + 7 days can only be seen when tapping on the widget. I tapped both 24 + 7 days in the app setting. You can see both of them in the widget at the same time.
– lacks mm rain / rain percentage chance
– limited amount of (widget) settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather Line – 2.99 dollar (once)
+ nice UI
+ doesn’t need GPS to use it
+ shows a lot of details per hour/day also rain chance percentage but you have to press the day for it
+/- has minute by minute rain bar but only for select amount of coutries
– lacks mm rain or cm of snow, only percentage change (and in order to see it you have to press the day or hour for it which is an extra step)
– I would love to see an option for permanently showing the mm rain / rain percentage chance for upcoming hours + per day for upcoming days instead of selecting the day to see it
– the settings for showing both upcoming hours so e.g. from now untill 0.00 today + 7 days wasn’t working for me can you do that? I tapped both 24 + 7 days

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Sky – 3.99 dollar once (app only available in US/UK/Ireland)
+ nice UI
– takes up a lot of space without data on it in Notification Center
– only available in some countries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atmos2.99 dollar once

+ slick UI
– minute by minute rainforecast is limited to a few countries (US/UK)

 

 

 

 

 

Weather 14 Daysfree (with ads), 2.99 dollar (without)

+ nice UI
– lacks mm or rain percentage for upcoming days
– takes up a lot of space without data on it in Notification Center

 

 

 

 

 

CARROT Weather – 3.99 dollar (once) + subscription is $2.49/yr USD
+ nice UI
– doesn’t show rain mm or percentage
– subscription service

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forecast Bar – free, but with monthly subscription of $2.99/yr or $4.99/yr USD
+ lot’s of detailed customizable widget info
– takes up a lot of space without data on it in Notification Center
– subscription service

 

 

 

 

 

 

AccuWeather (free, remove ads 3.99 dollar once)

+ has some sort of minute by minute rain forecast for United States, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, Luxembourg
– use to much space, too big icons in my opinion
– lacks % or mm rain per hour/day
– lacks weekly (7 days) forecast
Weather Underground (free, ad-free costs 1.99 dollar a year)
+ has some sort of minute by minute rain forecast (also outside of US so it seems)
+/- has another radar widget but I would love to see that integrated in the same widget
– use to much space, too big icons in my opinion
– lacks % or mm rain per hour/day
– lacks weekly (7 days) forecast
Weather Forecast / Live Weather (free, 1.99 dollar to remove ads once)
+ nice UI
– lacks minute by minute rainforecast
– too much unused space/margin between info
– lacks % or mm rain per hour/day
+ nice UI
+/- minute by minute rain forecast (only Russia)
– lacks hour by hour forecast
– too much unused space/margin between info
– lacks % or mm rain per hour/day

 

 

 

Weather Nerd (3.99 dollar once + 3.99 dollar per year subscription)

+/- has various widgets (Day, Week, Hour), I would rather see one widget and choose in settings what you want to see
+/- minute by minute rain forecast (limited to certain countries)
– the widget take up a lot of space, these should really be able to be smaller
– lacks mm of rain per hour/day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I earlier posted this list on the MacRumors weather app forum topic.

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