Utilising beautiful photos from Flickr, the Yahoo! Weather app is a treat to use. Although some users have complained about the accuracy of the weather information citing that it is not taken from the BOM (Bureau of Meteorology). However, this is a free app and it is wonderfully designed.
The use of gestures rather than buttons to navigate the app makes Yahoo! Weather stand out from its competition. The pictures also changes depending the weather, time and location. The photos are meant to reflect what it's like in the city at the current time. While it doesn't change in real-time and is obviously there for artistic effect, it still gives you a good idea of the weather. If you are tired of seeing smiling clouds and angry storm icons, give Yahoo! Weather a try.
If you are looking for a weather app that tries to pack as much information into a small screen as possible, this is the app for you. Complete weather stats including wind direction, humidity and many others, means you'll know exactly what the weather is going to be like. Accuweather also features a “RealFeel” temperature which is a more accurate measurement of the current temperature. All the information is laid out really well and doesn't clutter the screen. There's even a section for sports and outdoor activities where Accuweather shows if the weather conditions are suited for a day of golfing, hiking etc.
Accuweather is a free app, but it has on-page ads which can be annoying. You can pay a small premium of $1.99 to remove the ads from the app.
Today Weather, much like the AccuWeather mentioned above is an app that is more concerned with supplying their users with lots of data and stats. Just like the default iOS weather app, when you bring up the app it initially displays some simple forecasts and current temperature stats. However, once you start exploring the menus and swiping onto the different screens you'll notice there is a vast amount of weather data for you to go through. While the majority of the stats won't mean much to you unless your a meteorologist, you can feel assured knowing that you won't be hit by a sudden shower.
The app comes in at a low price, however this could deter users away as there are a lot of free alternatives available on the market already.
For those that are looking for something a little different to your usual weather apps, you should give Haze a try. The draw of this app is the interesting user interface and display. Some users have reported that the weather information supplied by Haze is often incorrect. If you don't mind the lack of features and information and would like a fun to use app, then Haze would be the perfect fit for you.
Solar is a free weather app that combines simplicity and interesting visuals. The gradient back-drop provides an aesthetically pleasing background to your weather stats. It looks especially good on the new Retina displays. You can add cities to Solar via zip codes so the app knows which locations to display weather for. You can switch between cities and screens using gestures to control the app.
There aren't many free weather apps that can compete with Solar and this app should be at the top of your list of replacements for the default iOS weather app.