Contrast, the maker of one of my all-time favorite and most-used apps, Launch Center Pro, has released Perfect Weather, a––you guessed it–– weather app for iPhone. Perfect Weather hit the App Store this morning and costs $2.99.
If you check out the App Store’s Weather category, you’ll find hundreds of iPhone and iPad apps with the goal of telling you what the weather’s like. Some give you painstaking detail while others give you a bare minimum of information but look really pretty while doing it and there’s bound to be one already available that tickles your fancy. So why do developers keep making new weather apps given the hundreds already available? Contrast’s founder, David Barnard, answered this very question in the press kit for Perfect Weather:
With hundreds of weather apps crowding the App Store, why build another? Because I live in Texas! Most weather apps cater to the idyllic climate in Silicon Valley. I needed something different, so I enlisted the help of a couple friends and built my perfect weather app.
In places like Texas, where big thunderstorms and surprise rain showers are common, the current temperature is often immaterial. We came up with a split view that makes it easy to check the forecast and weather map at a glance. And to get me through the hot Texas summers, we built an interactive temperature chart that gives the time of the high and low temperature as well as the hourly forecast.
Like Apple’s own Weather app, Perfect Weather can save multiple locations so you can easily access weather information for several US cities. On a city’s page, you can see a lot of information at a single glance, including the predicted high and low temperatures for today and the chance of precipitation, the weekly forecast, and even a radar view showing cloud cover or rain. Also shown is a graph that displays the temperature variations for the current day, which you can slide your finger along to see the predicted temperature for a specific time, much like Weathertron. Swiping to the left on this graph reveals even more information like humidity, pressure, and sunrise and sunset times.
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Swiping up on the information tab reveals more of the radar map, where you can choose to view rain or cloud cover and activate animation to show how each is moving across the area. Tapping on the lightning symbol in the top left corner reveals any NOAA weather alerts.
Here’s a promotional video showing Perfect Weather in action:
I’ve lost count of how many weather apps I’ve tried since the App Store opened in 2008, which means that my iPhone weather app needs are more complex than I ever expected. After trying out Perfect Weather for several days now, I find it to be only just shy of perfect for my needs. The two bits of weather information I want most often are the current temperature (to gauge immediate dog walking conditions and how to dress accordingly) and the forecast for the next week. Those are easy to see with Perfect Weather but I’ve gotten used to one feature it doesn’t offer but ITWC Association’s Fahrenheit does: a push notification badge that shows the current temperature on the iPhone’s home screen. Call me lazy, but it’s incredibly useful for me to be able to see this at a glance without even needing to open an app.
Your weather app needs are probably different than mine and if you’re looking for all of the basic weather information that’s easy to see at a quick glance and the ability to dive deeper to see radar information and NOAA weather alerts, I recommend Perfect Weather. If it doesn’t meet every single one of your needs, it will probably meet most.