How accurate is the default weather app?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bobright, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    What has everybody's experience been? Is there better alternatives in the app store?
  2. Vetvito macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2012
    Mine has been spot on. I don't have a need for an alternative.
  3. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    IIRC, default weather app (in the US) uses Yahoo for the data. I haven't had any problems with it.

    I also keep Weatherbug around, because it will notify me when there are any weather alerts, which the stock one doesn't.
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Depends on a number of variables including weather in your region and the specific weather station that the app is using and its relevance to weather where you are. Some regions have more variations in weather than others. Not too long ago I was reading about the weather station used in my area and how it could vary quite a bit from conditions at ground level since it was located on a helipad at the top of a building in our medical center.

    Better in what ways? Always clarify exactly what you mean by better instead of just assuming that what you mean is a universal matter.
  5. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    ^better as in more accurate where they pull data from
  6. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    I think they all pull data from the same sources almost. Major metro areas you should have no trouble using whatever that gives you the best interface.
  7. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    it is accurate but it would be nice if you could have a little more info for the rest of the week. I tried today to see how much snow I would be getting today/tomorrow and there is no way to tell without using another app/website. Just a picture of a snowflake isn't cutting it.

    They do give you the "chance of snow" percentage but not how many inches.
  8. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2013
    Utah, USA
    Mine is always off. Today I was told it was 104 outside; The Weather Channel said it was 54. It's not uncommon for it it be 10 degrees off based on TWC and car temp features.
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Its as accurate as the weathermen.
    And you know how far off they are every time:D
  10. colodane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2012
    The "Weatherbug" app is much better than the standard Apple app that uses Yahoo data. Weatherbug gives a LOT more information, has a very user-friendly interface and graphics and tells you exactly the location in your city it is getting the info from. For mid and large sized cities you will have your choice of two or more locations.
  11. Tritto macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2014
    If it uses Yahoo data then it's rubbish.

    The Yahoo data for Australia bears little relation to the official forecasts issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. There is a yahoo weather app that looks beautiful and is winning awards but fails in its primary function - giving you accurate forecasts.
  12. ericg301 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2010
    The newly updated Weatherbug is simply atrocious. And they killed the "elite" version with no ads with no communication to their existing customers. It just disappeared.

    I've really been liking the updated Weather Underground app. It's a bit jarring at first but worth the slight-learning curve. I've paid to remove ads on that too.
  13. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Mine is as good as the forecast which is questionable at best to say the least. If I look at current conditions its accurate for the most part...
  14. ericg301 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2010
    i could care less about current conditions. that's what a window is for.

    for me, i judge weather apps on how the forecast the future. 98% of the time, that's what i use them for.
  15. psac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2009
    I find the Accuweather app much more informational. I use that one all the time.
  16. Lefty21 macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2012
    Lexington, KY
    As others have said, it's pretty much as accurate as any other weather app. I use it regularly, but I also keep the Weather Channel app around in case I want to look at the radar map. That is the biggest feature I feel is missing from the stock app.
  17. wlossw macrumors 6502a


    May 9, 2012
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    The question of the best weather app is really a regional one. For Canada I find Degrees to be better than the stock, as it uses Environment Canada data.
  18. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I find it to be pretty accurate. However, I also use The Weather Channel app quite extensively.
  19. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    In the UK, I find BBC Weather is most accurate (uses data from the Met Office).

    However, no app really predicts reliably beyond 24 hours. A few days before it may say rain all day, but you'd look in the morning and it says it'll be clear. I guess that's just the nature of weather prediction.
  20. carlgo macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    The app doesn't always show weather that I like. Other than that, it is pretty accurate and I like the illustrated rain and thunder.
  21. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    Results can vary and I like to use several sources. My favorite is Their WonderMap is the most adjustable I have seen. It is also fast.
  22. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    It doesn't work well for me (suburbs of Atlanta, GA).

    It often doesn't even tell me the right location (says I'm in Summerest, NJ half the time). Others the weather shows the temp from a few hours ago.

    It looks great but I can't use it.

    I use the weather channel app. Probably not the best but I can always rely on its accuracy.
  23. businezguy macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2003
    Actually, Yahoo Weather added that as a feature. They report weather from a better location then where you live so you can feel more prosperous and successful. You'll be getting private school ratings for your "area" as well.
  24. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Since my last post I've found the stock weather app to be absolutely terrible. I don't know what has happened but it's not just my local weather but the surrounding area up to an hour away.

    It's currently 7 degrees off, which is nothing considering earlier today it was 16 degrees off (said it was 79 locally when it was 63). And that's CURRENT weather which should be reported accurately.

    I actually searched and found this thread hoping there was a way to change it off of yahoo weather. Appears not, looks like yet another Apple feature (in notifications) I'll turn off and app I'll add to my junk folder. (Sigh) It's filling up quick.
  25. colodane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2012
    Check out the WeatherBug app. Much better than the stock Apple weather. It gives very localized weather. In a medium sized city you will have your choice of several locations. Much more detailed info and better graphics also, and I think it is free.

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