Weather is arguably one of the most critical factors affecting your driving routes. It’s essential to have the most up-to-date forecast at your fingertips. Finding the best weather app can be tricky since there are many available to you. Below are the top five weather apps for truckers that you can download to your Android, iOS, or Windows phone.
The Weather Channel
- Available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone
The Weather Channel app is free and available on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. It provides you with an array of meteorological data such as temperature, humidity, wind speed, UV index, sunrise and sunset times, and visibility on an hourly or daily basis. The interactive weather maps display the latest Doppler Radar to show current and future weather events. You can also set up Severe Weather Alerts for storms, tornadoes, lightning strikes, blizzards, and more. The app also includes social sharing features to upload images, tweets, videos, and photos.
- Available on iOS
The Intellicast HD weather app is free and available only on Apple mobile devices. It provides users information like storm tracking, earthquake plotting, and hurricane tracking. The app features NOWrad HD radar, which is currently the highest definition interactive radar in the U.S region. It also provides Doppler radar-powered storm tracking that pinpoints severe weather cells and the paths they will follow. You can also set up Severe Weather Alerts for a long list of server weather events. The information provided is in a clean and easy-to-read layout.
- Available on Android, iOS
While the Storm Shield weather app does provide many of the most basic forecasting features, its primary focus is on providing users with up-to-date local severe weather alerts for extreme weather events such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Storm Shield updates you with relevant NOAA alerts via voice and push notifications (or on your Apple Watch). It’s different from most apps because the alerts coincide with the user’s precise GPS location instead of county-based data. Storm Shield is free, but it costs money for additional features.
- Available on Android, iOS
Weather Underground is unique in that it gets data from a network of more than 40,000 local professional and amateur weather stations. The crowd reporting feature allows you to verify reported forecasts and post your own for a truly collaborative and interactive experience. You can also configure the app to send you severe weather alerts. If your truck route takes you into the countryside, this might be the best app for your needs. Weather Underground also includes weather cameras to view conditions in a specific area.
- Available on Android, iOS, Windows
AccuWeather is a great, simple-to-use app that offers hourly, daily, and 15-day weather forecasts that you can integrate with your calendar. MinuteCast is a new feature that provides minute-by-minute predictions based on your GPS location. This app is best for forecasting the weather in your exact location, but you can also receive alerts and forecasts from other cities and regions you choose to save in your settings.