Weather alert or Weather forecast mobile apps are not simply to do the forecasting, but offer other crucial features as well. Like, there are apps that show climate & nature change on the planet for a specific time period or even give the current weather data. However, the forecast function is used the most, But, then the other features also enjoy their niche audience.

Among the many prominent categories of mobile apps, one is the Weather Forecast app. It is one of the most frequently accessed apps and has found a secure place in the smart devices of most people. So, how do you’re like the idea of weather apps, basically in terms of designing one? Well, it may seem pretty simple, however, there are several ways to add depth in the sense of functionality & design. Something that will make your weather app unique from the rest. Here is the guide describing exactly what you need to develop a captivating weather alert app.

How Did the Idea of Weather Forecast and Alert Mobile App Development Come in the Picture?

Now the idea to create a weather app may not sound very exciting to the start-ups, regardless of the fact that there are some highly successful app projects out there. However, in the case of well-established businesses, say online media publishers, they can certainly have this nice addition to their existing assets to retain & entertain their readers. So, in every smartphone, there is a widget that forecasts the weather. However, the users crave something extra and thus there are numerous Android & iOS mobile apps that are more precise and great at forecasting weather all across the globe.  

How to create a weather app for iOS & Android devices?

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Developing a weather forecast application isn’t about tracking weather changes, it is also about the real-time data of the area and how it would change in the next second. 

Well, the main purpose of such apps is weather forecasting and there are a few ways to do it:

Weather Conditions Data 

Though it may not be the most accurate way to collect weather data, still many countries use it. The idea here is to do the forecasting based on the continuous statistical data of two-three decades. Certainly, not the most advanced way to forecast weather, but proves helpful in nations lacking weather satellites & cameras.

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Satellites 

It's the most accurate way for weather forecasting and helps in receiving the most accurate prognosis. These satellites can make it easier for people to have interesting pieces of information about the weather of the area in real-time. 

Doppler Radar 

Again, one of the most accurate ways. This technology works with short radio waves called pulses' that have high transmission & dual-polarization. Thus, Doppler radar, using a two-dimensional picture, is able to predict rain, ice pellets, and snow with high accuracy.
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Camera

Another best way to forecast weather is through the use of cameras and some apps do it already. The mix of satellite, cameras & radars offers better results.

National Weather Service data: In the US, weather apps use NWS data. Well NWS does a great job of collecting data from metro stations & satellites across the nation and makes a forecast with a special computer algorithm. However, this again is not the most accurate way.

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Smartphone Functionality 

Weather forecasts can also be done with the use of smartphone sensors, like accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, battery temperature, etc. This method basically allows forecasting only for the current location and is not that accurate.

Now, these are some of the amazing ways to gather weather data, however, not all of them offer accurate information. In fact, the best & most accurate climate information from across the world can be gathered by satellites. Along with these interesting features, there are a lot of things that are taken to be care of. It is important that the data that is broadcasted is accurate so that your users can rely on your application for better results. 

How Do App Developers Gather Accurate Data?

Well, you'd be glad to learn that some of the weather app development companies, use weather APIs to create climate apps offering accurate data. These applications can make it easier for people to understand and collect data that could make it easier to enter the market with right set of information. They are:

DarkSky 

Earlier was known as Forecast.io, this API enables the developers to gather hyperlocal climate forecasts, with weekly forecasts by hour/day. Access to historical data, precise accuracy, severe weather alerts & multi-language support. They have kept the pricing model pretty simple & straight, with the first 1,000 forecasts/day for free, then you need to pay $0.0001/forecast.

Weather Underground 

The API here is powered by Weather Channel accurate weather forecasts and is available in 80 languages consisting of data of major locations across the globe, including even hyper-local climate data. Here the astronomical data, satellite thumbnails, historical data, and dynamic radar images, severe climate alerts & a lot more can also be retrieved. The data here is available in XML or JSON formats. Meanwhile, the prices here differ, as it offers both free & premium subscriptions. Free subscription comprises three-day weather forecast summary & limited to 500-calls/day (10/minute). This much is enough to test the climate app but to actually launch it in the market, you'd require switching to the premium version, which is priced at $150 with the additional weather data available & 5000+ calls/day. 

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Open Weather Map

Its API enables the app developers to gather current weather data for over 200,000 cities from around 400,000 weather stations across the world. Other than 5-16 days weather forecasts, it also offers:

  • Historical climate information, from one month to five years
  • Information on air pollution, along with the historical record. This data will be helpful while creating a climate app.
  • Weather map layers, consisting of wind, clouds, temperatures & more. It proves useful when you wish to create weather visualization within the app.
  • UV index along with historical data

The data here is available in HTML, XML or JSON formats. Meanwhile, the price of this API differs as per the data amount/type required. They offer a free account with a limit to 60 API calls per minute and only consists of 5-day forecasts & weather maps APIs. Then the advanced plans begin at $40 per month. Few of the other accurate climate forecast API providers are:

  • Apixu free for 5,000 monthly calls. Premium plans start at $6.95 per month.
  • AccuWeather free 6-month demo limited to 500 calls per day
  • WeatherBug  starts at $20/month
  • WeatherSource free weather data for the US and Canada only.

Next, let's move on to find about climate app Types.

Types of Weather Apps

Before you decide to enter the market with an application that talks about the weather then you can choose from various types of applications. So, basically, the weather apps are divided into three categories: the climate apps, forecast & image of changes'. The first two are certainly the most commonly used apps, while the images of changes' are more of the practical type of app, though it is more educational & entertaining.

Climate Apps 

This kind of apps has plenty of functionalities like they display climate changes through time, current climate across the globe & also gives the entire earth climate map, such as sea level, ozone, gravity field, air temperature & carbon dioxide percentage. In fact, some apps even enable hurricane tracking.

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Forecast 

It's certainly the most prominent weather app type. Here, the forecasts are done with the use of location services. The best apps offer standard features, such as hourly, daily, weekly forecast, along with plenty of widgets. Few of the apps also have many other additional functionalities. Generally, the apps with basic features & widgets are free and the ones with additional features required to pay.

Image of Changes 

This app type used mostly for entertainment & educational purpose. It displays the climate changes over the years or a certain time period. Though this type is less popular than the above two, but still interests a certain market segment.

There are various kinds of climate apps that you can choose from. Once you have decided the kind of application you want the next to focus on is the feature set. An interesting feature set makes it easier for your users to connect with the application and engage with it. 

How to Develop a Weather App?

As you reach a stage where you need to kick-start the development process, keep in mind that the most important step is to choose the right functionalities. Here, we discuss the most-in-demand features:

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Earth-time Lapse: This is the main feature of the image of the changes' app showing the climate changes all through the history or specific time period.

Rain-Forecast: It's yet another basic feature that displays the percent possibility of rain, along with cloudy & very cloudy indicators.

Sunrise & Sunset Time: This feature shows the day’s length. From the time to sunrise to the sunset time it becomes easier for the people to track the day’s length for various astronomical, cultural, and traditional activities. 

Climate Map: This will show the whole of climate information, like humidity, sea level, air temperature, carbon dioxide level, etc. It is used for educational & scientific purposes mainly.
Humidity & Visibility: People like to check for humidity & visibility levels as they go out or while they are driving.

Wind Information: For regular users, this feature may not be useful, however, the paragliders, kite-surfers, windsurfers, & sailors can't have enough of this functionality. Also, this feature may interest the ones looking to spend some time out on the weekends. It is easier for people to plan their business trips and vacations for an interesting journey. 

UV Weather Map: Now, this feature displays the sun's ultra-violet radiation level on the world's map by Solar UV index. This feature is seen as majorly useful during the summers.

Weather forecast: As obvious, the main functioning of this app is forecasting. So, the app can display current weather, along with hourly, daily, weekly, or even minute-to-minute weather forecasts. And yes, real feel temperature will be a good additional feature.

Interesting features to consider while creating a weather prediction app would make it quite interesting. 

Smart Notifications: This certainly is a must-have feature for a weather app. Smart-notifications, or say push-notifications can be sent on the basis of the current weather forecasts. This feature comes useful to remind the app users to carry an umbrella in case of rain possible or to take proper measures to save themselves from sunstroke or high UV rays. Notifications can also be sent to update your users about the latest weather condition.

Hyper-Local Forecast: This is yet another feature that can't be missed while developing a weather app. The hyper-local feature is useful to predict a storm, rains, and other weather changes, with per-minute accuracy, on the basis of current user location. Developers can use Dark Sky API to gain access to this data.

Stunning Weather Visualization: Offering the current weather forecast is basic, but you can make your app interesting with beautiful maps allowing users to explore weather in the past as well as the future. This is a significant feature as it enables users to check the entire weather data of past & future times. Data for this kind of app can be gathered through OpenWeather Map API.

These basic features would make it easier for your users to use the application and help you make an impact in the market. If you think these features are enough, then think again!

Our experts share here some other significant features that would make you stand out from the crowd. 

Additional Features of Your Weather Forecast Application

The basic features would only your application deliverable. What makes it interesting are the features and the functions that are exceptional in the market. Our best weather prediction app development team makes it a point that the product delivered to you offers the most features in the market. 

  • Include a feature that informs your app users regarding historical temperature trends & changes in the various area.
  • Integrate the comment feature as well, like today the temperature is 45 degrees, which is higher as compared to last year.
  • You can also integrate the drought monitoring & forecast tab. This will surely attract an audience from the agriculture industry.
  • If you're keen on creating the most accurate weather app, then give a thought to integrating a map that displays global climate changes.
  • It's just that here the app needs to be regularly updated. The best example for the same is Earth Now', which offers unique features to keep users updated on climate changes globally.

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These are a few points that would make you stand out of the crowd and help you earn a great user base in the digital domain. 

Some Design Ideas for Weather App

Any application would determine the strength of user engagement with the help of its aesthetics and ease of navigation. When our experts are asked how to create a weather forecast app they simply respond with the help of a great UI/UX Design team.

Even though the idea to design a weather alert app may appear very straightforward, as ultimately the app will be forecasting current weather. However, there are some unique ways to deliver this information. So, keep some designing tips in mind while you create a weather app. They are:

  • Lend a distinctive feel to your Weather App;
  • Going for the Clean and Minimalistic look is a win-win situation;
  • Add graphics & captivating custom elements & transitions;
  • and Give your users appropriate dressing advice based on the weather.

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With a simple design and easy to navigate user interface, it becomes really easy for the mobile app development team to bring on the stage the best weather prediction app. 

How Much Does It Cost to Develop a Weather Mobile App?

An important aspect to consider when you decide to enter the market with such an application is the cost to create a weather app.  The investment in such applications is really less and can help you get into the profits really quickly. 

The cost of a weather app development may vary depending on the app complexity & number of features integrated. Other factors that affect the development cost are:

  • Developer's rate
  • Time of development
  • Number of devices you want to develop the app for
  • Developer's team qualifications, etc.

Keep in mind that an app that falls under the category of basic utility apps' with restricted features won't perform a lot of tasks. However, its making will cost relatively less: from $1000-2000. However, an app offering a customized design & additional features is going to cost more, maybe somewhere around $30000.

Thus, if you want to get affordable and interesting solutions that can help you earn great profits in a limited time, then you can hire our weather prediction app development team. We make sure to communicate with you from the beginning to ensure that your business objective is in line with the development process. 

Wrapping It Up!

When it comes to the development of a weather forecast and alert mobile app, you need to hire the right set of developers. They would understand your business proposal and work on the application making sure that each aspect of the application is reviewed before being turned to an app feature. 

Over the years our experts have gained experience and information on how to build an application that can help you earn great profits. 

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Arun Goyal

Managing Director @ Octal IT Solution, a prominent Mobile App Development Company offering cutting-edge iPhone App Development and Android App Development services to Startups, SMEs and Fortune-500 Companies.

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