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The Top 10 iPhone Apps for Tracking Weather

The Top 10 iPhone Apps for Tracking Weather

With summer here it’s a good time to keep tracks on what the weather will look like so you can plan your friends and family outings. And with a computer in your pocket, it’s never been an easier time to keep tabs on the current and future weather conditions.

Here are the top 10 iPhone apps for keeping track of the weather.

Dark Sky ($3.99)

    I’m in love with this app. Dark Sky isn’t really a full blown weather app but is indispensable in my weather tracking utility belt. The idea of the app is to tell you if it is raining now or if it will rain in the next hour so you can plan your next hour accordingly.

    Need to take your dog for a walk? Check Dark Sky. Going for a bike ride? Check Dark Sky. I’ve found that it is pretty darn accurate too; it’s helped me stay out of rain during a workouts a few different times.

    My-cast Weather ($3.99)

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      My-cast

      is a great weather app for quick access to the current temperature and conditions like wind speed and humidity as well as access to a radar view of your current location and daily and hourly forecast. My-cast Weather also has a tab for local weather alerts.

      The best thing about My-cast Weather is that it holds a ton of information in a very simple interface.

      Weather+ ($.99 currently on sale)

        Weather+

        is another weather app that crams a bunch of info on your iPhone screen but doesn’t do it in a horrible way. You get everything that you would want out of a weather app like current temperature, 5 days highs and lows, 3 hourly temps and icons for weather conditions, and the current wind speed. Another nice touch is the background video for the time of day and current weather conditions.

        You can set unlimited number of cities. One thing that annoyes me is the huge HTC Sense-like clock on the page. Seems like a waste, but some people really like that look.

        Living Earth HD ($.99)

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          Living Earth HD

          is a world clock and weather app on steroids. You can basically see the conditions of millions of different locations around the world with beautiful real time cloud coverage on a 3D map of earth. It’s a very low-key and well done app that is great if you want to look up general weather conditions of places around the world.

          Fahrenheit ($.99)

            Fahrenheit

            reminds me a log of My-cast Weather except it has a little more of a cluttered feel. The app is still highly usable and good looking though.

            Fahrenheit claim to fame is that it uses the app notification icon to inform you of the current temperature in your location. Rather than Apple’s perfect 72 degree icon, this one is actually useful.

            Weather Underground (Free)

              Weather Underground

              is my go to app when I’m on my desktop so it’s never bad to have a reliable friend on your iPhone. Weather Underground has come cool features like a local list of personal weather stations and a familiar weather report interface that we are used to on TV.

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              The app is free so you aren’t out anything if you want to give it a try.

              swackett (Free)

                Swackett

                is a cool little weather app that takes a different approach; based on the weather in your area it recommends what type of attire you should wear. If it’s sunny it my recommend sunglasses, shorts, and a t-shirt. Cold out? How about a parka and some boots.

                Swackett also has the normal 5 day and 3 hourly type of forecasts as well as a radar map that you can view.

                Degrees ($1.99, Canada)

                  Degrees

                  is a nice little weather app if you are a Canadian (Mr. Vardy recommended this one). The interface is clean and easy to look at with all the information about the current conditions you would want. Degrees also has push notifications for weather alerts and a app notification icon like Fahrenheit’s that shows you the current temperature.

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                  Weather HD ($.99)

                    Weather HD

                    is more about the images and the interface than showing you a ton of weather information. In fact it shows you very little information in a very minimal way at the bottom of the screen. The images update depending on the time of day and weather conditions.

                    The images are beautiful though and you can set and swipe through different cities to see the current weather.

                    Weather ($.99)

                      One day I was looking for a super simple weather app with app notification temperature and stumbled upon Weather. The name says it all. Weather reminds me a lot of the settings and statistics from Apple’s native weather app but the graphics are more “bubbly”. You get the current temp, the high and low, current forecast, wind, humidity, and, well that’s it.

                      Simple and effective.

                      Got any other good weather apps for iPhone to recommend? List them in the comments below.

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                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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