Get More Out of Your Weather Apps - Quicken Loans Zing BlogMost of us have weather apps on our smartphones that can tell us at a glance if we need to bring an umbrella or put on an extra layer before heading out the door in the morning.

What if you want more from your apps and websites? Wouldn’t it be cool if you had an app that told you the skiing conditions on the slopes or the weather conditions at your favorite regional amusement park? Sometimes all you want is a little notification when the kids will be having a snow day.

Below, you’ll find a list of our favorite resources for information on weather and seasonal activities.

Weather Resources

I may not need a phone app to tell me it’s freezing as I write this here in Detroit, but using weather maps, I can tell you the temperature is hitting 90° in parts of Brazil.

In addition to this feature, the website and its accompanying Dark Sky app for iOS (third-party apps are available for Android) can give you weather reports for your area that are accurate to the minute. You can also view radar images from around the world supported by a network of satellites.

Your Local News Weather App

No matter how high-tech and fancy other weather apps are, there’s still a place for the weather app of your local news station. In addition to giving you the local weather, these apps have the added advantage of being able to show you road and school closures in your area. This can help you get the grandparents over should your son or daughter have an unexpected snow day.

Yahoo Weather

This one gives all the basic weather information you need: the temperature, the chance of precipitation, and a five-day forecast. Where this website and app stand apart is in the visual department.

Through integration with Flickr, Yahoo’s photo sharing site, the weather app is able to find a photo taken near your location that matches the current weather conditions. It adds a certain amount of surprise to the process, and a lot of the photos are quite beautiful.

Yahoo Weather is available free on iOS and Android.

Resources for Seasonal Activities

Beyond weather apps, there are certain activities that can only be undertaken during a specific time of year. Here are a few apps to help you take advantage of the limited time you have for these activities.

Hit the Slopes

Up here in the northern part of the country, we like to hit the slopes for some skiing and boarding when the weather starts to turn. The On the Snow website and accompanying app will tell you the forecast as well as the conditions on the trails. You can find out which types of trails are open and which lifts are operating.

If you want weather and ski slope information in one app, you can check out Weather Underground.

Both apps are available free on iOS and Android.

Amusement Parks and Water Parks

In many areas, a good regional amusement park is at least a couple of hours away. You might be able to make the trek a few times a year at most. With this being the case, you’ll want to know what to expect when you get there.

Many of these parks have apps that will tell you what the current weather is like, what the wait times are and which rides are open or closed for the day.

Do you have a favorite weather or seasonal activity resource we left off the list? Share it with us in the comments section.

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