Weather apps for tonight's Southeast storms

Seeing as Birmingham is about to get smashed by storms tonight, I thought it would be fitting to share some of the best iPhone weather apps.

iOS 7 (Free): Your iPhone actually comes with a great built in weather app, however it doesn't include a radar map. It's elegant and fairly easy to use. One rather large hidden feature of the iPhone is that it can receive alerts from the National Weather Service. To turn on Emergency Alerts, open Settings > Notifications > scroll all the way to the bottom > turn on "Emergency Alerts."

WeatherRadio ($10): duplicates the functionality of a physical weather radio that many keep in their home. Set favorite locations, and this app will send you notifications of any impending weather threats. I also prefer its weather map over the others because of it's detailed warning overlays. However, this app's price might want you to check out some of the others options.

Dark Sky ($4): I love this app. It does one job well: sends you a notification when it's going to rain within the next hour.

Weather Line ($2): If you love charts, you'll enjoy Weather Line. It creates the most useful info-graphic of upcoming weather. It's my general purpose weather app of choice.

Perfect Weather ($3): This is the favorite weather app of many. For me, I like that I can create small animations of the changing weather and post it to social media. Granted, that's not everyone's cup of tea, but if that sounds cool to you, grab this app.

You might be wondering why I didn't mention other weather apps like WeatherBug or the Weather Channel. I have nothing against those apps, but most people are already aware of those. In this email, I wanted to give you an insight into some of the more premium apps that our out there.

I hope you've found this information useful, and if you would like to set up a time for us to talk more in depth about any of the information in this email, just pick out a time.

Update: Dr. Barrett Mosbacker pointed out to me that ABC33/40's James Spann recommends WeatherRadio and then another app called MyWarn. One other fun thing is that you can watch ABC33/40's live weather stream from within the app itself. So, if for some reason your power or cable goes out, you can still watch the stream.

Rick Stawarz

Minneapolis, MN

I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.