‘Weather Atlas’ for iOS
Weather apps — who needs a new one, right? Well, it’s not going to stop me from writing about new ones that catch my eye, so buckle up, kids.
The just-released Weather Atlas is the result of a collaboration between the developers at Contrast and Greg Pierce of Agile Tortoise. Like others of its ilk, you can save any number of US cities as “favorites” so you can view them whenever you like, but what’s nice about Weather Atlas is that you can view and compare all of those cities on a single map with any one of a number of overlays (radar, clouds, etc).
For those of us who travel around the US a lot, being able to see at a glance what the weather’s like for all our favorite destinations simultaneously is pretty cool. Choose (or search for) any city to view more detailed info about that place — like the hourly and 10-day forecasts, along with weather alerts — and then switch to another city with a couple taps.
Ryan Christoffel of MacStories sums it up well:
[Weather Atlas] effectively translates Apple Maps’ elegant design layout into a weather app that works great on the iPhone, while creating a tablet experience that truly takes advantage of the iPad’s larger canvas (and it supports Split View too). There are enough customization options to satisfy the average user, while being careful not to create any confusion or clutter.
Weather Atlas is free to download from the iOS App Store, but does have in-app subscription options (49¢/mo and $5/year, respectively) to disable ads and unlock pro features, such as icon themes, additional widgets, and more map overlays.