Weather Nerd by developer All Star Apps is one of roughly 6 different weather apps (there were more, but most were insta-deletes) I've been alternating between for the last several weeks in an ongoing effort to find the perfect weather app. Spoiler alert: I didn't find the perfect weather app, but I did find some genuinely nice attempts at it, Weather Nerd among them.
Let's start with layout. My biggest beef with weather apps is data presentation. Theoretically, I should be able to open the app, instantly grasp a detailed forecast, and get out. Inexplicably though, this seemingly essential task is where 6 out of 10 apps go horribly wrong, with landing pages jammed with too much data, too little data, or most annoying: the right amount of data displayed unconventionally, unintuitively, or unaesthetically - often all three. Not so with Weather Nerd, it opens with a “Today” forecast that line graphs the day's temperature in the top two-thirds of the screen with a detailed outlook below. You're weather info at hand includes: a big temperature print, precipitation outlook, the high, the low, wind speed and direction, moon stage, humidity percentage, and dawn and dusk times, all with the proper amount of font weight and size emphasis. Details like a comparison line of yesterday's temp on the graph, the ability to press and hold on the graph to get hourly details, and hidden “Nerd Fact” trivia revealed by scrolling up on the screen only add to the already rich experience.
Swipe right to get a similar view of “Tomorrow”, swipe right again for one of my favorite “Week” views in a weather app ever, and one more swipe right for a really not necessary calendar view of the weather (using historical averages). Decidedly more useful, swiping left from your “Today” starting point reveals your “Hour” forecast, powered by Dark Sky's hyperlocal precipitation forecasting magic and punctuated with a tap to embiggen radar view.
All that is very good, but back to the beginning, that part where I said Weather Nerd isn't the perfect weather app? Exhibit A: aesthetics. This one's going to sound weird because Weather Nerd does look good, and yet doesn't connect with me almost entirely because of the font used throughout the app. It's not horrible, and I wouldn't be surprised if most who tried actually like it, it's just not for me. Next, that icon. I get it, it's Weather Nerd, and a cloud donning Warby Parker glasses makes sense, but this iteration of said cloud with glasses icon irks me for some reason, though again I'm quite certain I'm a party of one when it comes to complaining about it. Aesthetics aside, Weather Nerd has one real functional annoyance, its reliance on the user for location information. Weather Nerd opts out of using your location in the background citing battery drain. This means when moving to a new location, you'll need to be sure to update your location manually, especially relevant if you're relying on Weather Nerd for its hyperlocal precipitation updates. For the battery impaired, this might be applause worthy, but I have a 6 Plus, so a toggle for letting users like me opt into background location would have been the preferred option here.
Those complaints addressed, there's very little to not like about Weather Nerd. Detailed and accurate forecasts that are handsomely and legibly presented, plus hyperlocal forecasts, and a nice Today Widget (or three in the case of Weather Nerd) pretty much summarizes what I want from a weather app, and Weather Nerd delivers all of that, with just a few, posibbly trivial, shortcomings. I'm guessing the app's aesthetics are pretty much baked in at this point, so I'm doubtful I'll get a font choice more cohesive with iOS, but I do think the devs should consider offering at least the option to use background location in a future update (oh, and landscape mode too while you're at it). I still don't think I'll end up sticking with Weather Nerd going forward, because as it turns out, there are a couple of apps in my aforementioned stable of weather apps that bridge my issues a bit better. However, given there's more than a good chance my issues won't be your issues, I'm still perfectly comfortable recommending giving Weather Nerd a download. It's not a tight enough fit for my idiosyncrasies, but it could be just right for you.
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Weather Nerd is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.