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The Best Weather Apps For iPhone & iPad – That We Know Of!

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With all this hot weather – and the possibility of a spanish plume and big thunderstorms forecast for the next few days – I thought I’d put together a review of what I think are the best weather apps for iPhone. Being a storm lover, and loving interesting weather of any kind there are a few weather apps I’ve found myself relying on a lot ever since I got my first iPhone.

So what are the best storm tracking apps? And what are the best general weather apps for iPhone or iPad? Note – I’m not reviewing Android weather apps because I don’t have an Android and believe they vary a fair bit from the iOS version.

1. Weather Pro App – FREE & £1.99 Pro Version

Weather app for iphone - Weather ProMy favourite, and certainly the weather app I use the most, has to be the Weather Pro app. This is my go to app for general weather. the free version is really good but I’d definitely recommend upgrading to the paid version to get detailed radar, 2 weeks forecasts and more extras. The app includes a live lightning tracker, rain / snow / hail forecasts, and the weather forecasts themselves are super accurate. I quite genuinely can’t imagine life before this app!

2. Home And Dry Weather App by MetDesk – £1.49

Best weather apps review - Home and Dry appThis has absolutely fantastic animated maps and a brilliant user interface. It feels slick and easy to use and combines real radar data with forecast rain data to give you an all in one animated weather map. It’s a useful app when there are heavy showers about and you want to know if you’re about to get wet or not!

3. Dark Sky Weather App – £2.49

iphone weather app dark skyOne of the two most expensive weather apps I’m recommending but this is a really fantastic piece of user interface design and a couple of unique features which make it a top pick. Notably it includes a customisable alert setting where you can ask the app to sound an alarm shortly before rain (or snow) is about to arrive at your location. You can even adjust it to only alert you when the rain is heavy, rather than moderate or light. I’d like to see this expanded to thunderstorm alerts. It also includes a mesmerising animated radar map – on a globe which you can rotate, and zoom in on.

4. Forecast.io – £0.79

forecast.io iapp weather app for iphoneA beautifully designed app, especially the elegant animated icons. But I’ve found the actual forecasts to not be quite as accurate as our other apps so I’d recommend having a look at this weather app but don’t rely on it for deciding whether to plan a BBQ this weekend! This one actually feels very similar to Dark Sky – if anyone has any info on if these are related I’d love to know.

5. BBC Weather App – FREE

Weather apps for iphone - BBC Weather AppThe BBC weather app feels BBC, looks BBC and delivers reliable BBC forecasts. Sometimes wonderfully detailed and accurate – sometimes a shade off the mark but a great one to rely on and after all it’s FREE! It’s missing two things for me, an animated radar, probably the most useful bit of any weather app, and weather warnings should be delivered as push notificatioons too. One other thing, I’d also love to see the weather symbols fall off the screen occasionally. Or am I showing my age saying that?!

6. Met Office Weather App – FREE

Met office app for iphoneThe Met Office weather app is appealing from the point of view it offers a unique interface compared to the other weather apps, includes localised weather alerts built in (as long as you have push notifications switched on) and is accurate, as you’d expect. From a personal point of view I don’t like the radar as much as our top two – it doesn’t feel as slick and zooming in feels awkward so when I’m trying to figure out if I should walk or drive to the park with the kids today I don’t rely on this app. I also don’t find the user interface quite as intuitive as some of the others. Defintely has it’s uses though and worth a look.

Using Freshbooks – Freelance Invoice Software & Expenses

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It took me a while to get up and running with my accounts as a freelancer. Starting ‘the right way’ and keeping good records for both income and expenditure from the off avoids the horrible ‘oh my god my tax return is due in 1 day’ annual panic. I started researching freelance invoice software – I wish so much that I had found Freshbooks back when I started because it would have saved me a lot of grief.

Freshbooks is an online accounting system / recurring invoice system, is easy to use and very low monthly charges. Actually it’s free to start but presuming you have more than 2 clients you’ll be a paying customer. You set up your clients, set up your invoiceable items, and creating invoices is incredibly quick.

FreshBooks

You can also use it to keep track of your business expenses and can upload a scan of a receipt to attach to the expense. Because it has a record of your income and expenditure it also can produce a variety of accounts for you at the click of a button – instant profit and loss reports, yay!

On top of all of that you can use it for time tracking per project.

Moo Rounded Corner Business Cards

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I’ve recently produced two sets of rounded corner business cards and had them printed by the ever brilliant Moo.com. This particular set were made for the hen party for a good friend of mine and the theme of the hen party was ‘Barbie’ – she has had so many hobbies over the years that it made us think of “Party Barbie”, “Hiking Barbie”, “Drinking Barbie” – you get the picture.



Trump Cards rounded corner business cardsI saw a fantastic graphic over at Graphic River and thought we could put together a fun set of trump cards for each of her Barbie personas and this was the result.

It was a fantastic hen weekend and the Barbie theme went down a storm! If you’d like a novelty set of cards designed contact us today for a quote.

If you want to set up your own account and start ordering your own fabulous business cards go and say hi to Moo.com to start the process.