The very best weather apps for iPad from minimal to feature packed, and everything in between
Apple has never seen fit to offer the built-in iOS Weather app to iPad owners. So, if you want to check the weather on your iPad, you'll need to turn to the App Store and find a weather app that suits your needs. If you've looked for iPad weather apps before, you're probably already aware of just how many there are, which can make choosing just one a little overwhelming. That's where we can help! From minimal to feature-packed, here are my favorite weather apps for iPad!
Clear Day, formally Weather HD, is one of the most gorgeous weather apps you'll see. The main screen shows conditions along with a beautiful animated background that alternates as long as its on the screen. Along the bottom you can toggle between current weather, maps, and Clear Day's quickview feature. Quickview shows you a brief overview of current conditions of every place you've added to Clear Day. Swipe back and forth to switch locations. Swipe up and down to view more or less information on the main screen. If there are ever weather alerts in your area, they'll appear along the top of the screen in a red banner.
If you want a breathtaking experience and don't need super advanced weather information, get Clear Day.
Magical Weather works as a system of tiles that represent different locations. Just add all the placed you want weather info for and you're good to go. Each tile shows a quick visual depiction of current conditions in that area. Tap on any of the tiles in order to expand that particular area. Much like Clear Day, Magical Weather uses gorgeous images and animations to represent current weather conditions. I personally prefer the layout style of Magical Weather because it's a nice compromise between detailed information and interface. It's a great example that you can have both.
If you want a decent amount of information but don't want that to come at the sake of interface, check out Magical Weather.
Today Weather, which is powered by both forecast.io and Dark Sky, is not only a gorgeous app, it's very easy to use. Just add the locations you'd like to monitor and Today Weather takes care of the rest. With many views to toggle between, Today Weather is versatile which means it can fit the needs of almost anybody. If there are Dark Sky alerts in your area, Today Weather pulls them in as well. One of my favorite features of Today Weather has always been the unique interface for high and low temperature charts. It's easy to read and just gorgeous.
If you don't care about fancy animations but still want a beautifully designed app, Today Weather is where you want to be.
If minimalistic is you, Ultraweather should be right up your alley. Just launch the app, give it access to your current location and you're done. Ultraweather will then show you current conditions combined with beautiful images from Instagram. If you want to see your own images, Ultraweather says you can upload photos of weather conditions to Instagram and you may see them cycle through as well. Tapping on the current weather information shows high and low temps, wind speed, chance for rain, and wind direction. Tap again to see a five day forecast.
If you want quick and dirty weather info wrapped in a beautiful package, Ultraweather is for you.
Intellicast HD is one of the most feature packed weather apps you're going to come across, period. With great maps that show current and future conditions paired with lots of forecast information, you won't miss a beat when it comes to the weather. From visibility to humidity to news and more, Intellicast HD is the app for hardcore weather checkers. Sadly, it does so at the sake of interface as so many weather apps do. There's also not a premium version anymore which means like it or not, you're stuck with ads.
If information density is more important to you than polish and design, Intellicast HD fits the bill just fine.
These may be our favorite picks for best weather apps on the iPad, but we all know you guys are great at finding apps too. If you're using something different, be sure to share it with us in the comments below!