MeteoEarth full review

There are free apps out there that are more suitable for checking the forecast for your area, but this professional-looking weather app beats most for bigger-picture data, and for sheer meteorological showing off. 

It’s very much a display app. Indeed, the makers say it was adapted from a broadcast tool used by TV presenters.

You can search for towns and cities to view. Smaller conurbations may not be listed; we couldn’t find Maidenhead, for instance. But we were pleased to see places that exist in both Britain and the US came up in the morally correct order.

You can superimpose maps of precipitation, wind, temperature and so on over the geographical image, then swipe to make everything move into the future (up to five days, if you upgrade to the Premium edition). Alternatively, just hit the play button and watch everything animate, just like on the telly.

Download MeteoEarth for iPad from the App Store

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