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What Weather App is Decent?

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I use a weather app to help me plan for a ride.

I am wondering if my weather app info and display-Weather Underground (WU)-has become mediocre.
I am a meteorology nerd, and happily had WU for years.

Lately I’m finding it to be about the same as the casual user type weather apps. There are so many. Some even if you pay, are mediocre. Made that mistake.

I prefer a radar display that is up to the minute, not a computer model or 20 minutes old. I like temperature/rain information for planning near where I ride-not from a random reporting station miles away.

The apps that give forecast like 100% chance of rain for the entire day, but further fine tuning on my part shows that 100% exists at 1130 pm, are silly.

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Thanks for the picture edit. I don’t have a pic of a forecast for rain at 1130 pm, that bleeds into the forecasts for the whole day. I.e. rain is forecast and it’s 9am with not a cloud in sight. Who wants to deal with rain gear and never use it on a dry day. I’m guessing someone may….

Anyway, been loading apps mentioned in posts for personal edification. Actually randomly found one named “The Weather” (no I am not paid by them), that has weather data changes to nearby where I am. Have not had a day to check how timely updates are on their radar feed is-not minutes old.
Years ago looked at home weather stations found the good ones are $$$$$.
Years later I looked again thinking that over time….
Conclusion. Really good ones are $$$$$.
I also found that these home weather stations, usually electronically connect some network that shows up in an app.

I found a couple of apps rely on a network of local home weather stations for reports.

The “fly in the ointment” as they say, is a lack of standardization. The reporters foot the bill for their own home stations. There are many brands and variable accuracy between them. Installation location matters too.

How do I know this? I had an app that consistently reported a local temp that was way apart from from even what I was seeing on TV. It became obvious that there was a problem with the particular home weather station. I sent an email to the developer. No response. What I expected.

Radar reports are another ball game.

So I do what I always do. Look at my app for current and forecast conditions, my cheapie temp guage, and a look at the sky and set off.:)
NOAA aviation products are helpful. NOAA weather is pretty much "the bottom line" NOAA covers a broad area usually central to an airfield.-but useful for an area in general. I am not in need of weather exactly at the spot I am in, just pretty close to the route.

IMO weather can be sensationalized at times-that discussion is not for now.
A hobbyist point of view.

Mike. I have been exposed to hyperlocal forecasts via gps location. We can't seem to get around developers simply using a regional forecast but changing the format to show the regional forecast to be used as the one for exact location.

I put this to the test once, and found this out. Long story. I also know that many apps use a personal home weather station network which are hit or miss depending on the diligence of the station installer quality of equipment, upkeep of the equipment, and software quality to develop forecasts.
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