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9 weather apps for Android you need to try

We hate to say it, but the weather outside often dictates our lives. Checking the weather is a standard component of our morning routine, essentially defining what we wear, how we commute to work, and other facets of our daily lives. Unfortunately, like an extra dark cup of coffee or a blueberry bagel from your local bakery, the weather has the innate ability to make or break your day. There’s a surprising amount of capable weather apps on the market, but the truth is, not all weather reports are created equal. There’s quite a bit of variation between mobile offerings, with some reveling in real-time Doppler images and others emphasizing the 10-day forecast, but each touts functionality designed to provide an all-encompassing weather forecast of your local area. After all, a good meteorologist can only tell you so much.

Here is our handpicked selection of the best weather apps for Android, so you’ll always know what to expect when you step out the front door. While you’re at it, check out our list of the best iPhone apps and the best Android apps, along with our top picks for the best news apps and the best iPhone fitness apps or the best Android fitness apps.

Digital Trends’ staff writer Brandon Widder contributed to this article.

RadarScope

$10

RadarScope

RadarScope is for those trying to pinpoint the presumed landfall of a hurricane’s eye wall. A trusted staple among meteorologists, RadarScope uses the same high-generation Doppler radar as the U.S. weather service. You can view more than 150 different radar sites and access severe weather warnings with detailed information.

Yahoo Weather

Free

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Reliable and popular, Yahoo’s official weather app is a go-to for basic weather updates. The app is completely devoid of advertisements and performs quicker than most on our list, while covering basic information such as temperature, visibility, wind speed, and extended forecasts. The app even syncs with Flickr to provide photos matching your location.

1Weather

Free

1Weather

Sometimes seeing just a forecast isn’t enough. Thankfully, 1Weather provides real-time local weather, 48-hour forecasts, interactive temperature graphs, lunar phases, and a slew of other great features for your desired location. The app is also available in 25 languages, provides a daily weather fact, and has a minimalist interface adorned with three widgets.

Wunderground

Free

Weather Undergound

Weather Underground deals with hyper-local weather. Using crowdsourced data from more than 33,000 stations, the app offers highly accurate weather reports, encapsulating the temperature, hourly forecast, and an easy-to-read graph, with factors such as wind speed and the probability of precipitation. Interactive radar maps, hazard notifications, and current sky conditions are an added plus.

Google Now

Free

Google Now

Designed with a card-laden interface, Google Now offers the weather basics right out of the box. Among other features, the integrated app showcases the current weather for the next several days, humidity, wind speeds, and the relative chance of precipitation. It’s neatly organized, embellished with same hand-sketched icons as its desktop counterpart, and it avoids the clutter of most apps.

The Weather Channel 

Free

Weather Channel

The Weather Channel is a predominant force in the field. Featuring highly-accurate TruPoint technology, the app shows the temperature, sunrise and sunset time, wind speed, humidity, UV index, visibility, dew point, pressure, and other conditions nearby. The map offers convenient driving and traffic reports, along with interactive maps for tracking approaching storm fronts.

NOAA Weather

Free

NOAA

The unofficial NOAA app makes up in preciseness what it lacks in design aesthetics. The app has a resounding reputation for accurate, hourly weather reports, in addition to intuitive graphs that plot the temperature, wind speed, and probability of precipitation for your GPS location. You can also use a given set of coordinates (sans push notifications and severe weather warnings).

WeatherBug

Free

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The WeatherBug app is no stranger to its field. It’s been around nearly as long as Android. It features a lightening sensor that streams the location of nearby lightening strikes in real-time. Live weather cams, multiple save locations, enhanced interactive maps, and 10-day weather forecasts, with temperature, humidity, pressure, and other notable metrics, also come standard.

Go Weather

Free

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Go Weather isn’t known for its incredibly-accurate weather reports, but it does showcase more than 1,000 personalized themes and live wallpapers to choose from. Furthermore, it provides interactive satellite maps and radar for a smattering of popular cities across the globe, along with unique social features for sharing weather photos and supposed forecasts with friends and family.

What did you think of our top picks for the best weather apps for Android? Did we miss any terrific? Let us know in the comments below.