The Weather Channel

Though the iPhone comes with a weather app, if you want more information like local radar and 10-day forecasts, this is the app for you.

The Weather Channel is a free weather-monitoring application that provides many more features than Apple's built-in Weather app. You can find paid weather applications that are more specialized, but The Weather Channel (sponsored by the eponymous cable channel) offers a lot, including forecasts (hourly, 36-hour, and 10-day), quick access to Weather Channel local and regional video forecasts, severe weather alerts, and a dynamic map (which you can use to see everything from rainfall to "feels like" temperatures and the UV index). You can also set favorites and go back to recent locations which makes The Weather Channel a little more useful on GPS-enabled devices. Hard-core weather junkies won't find everything they want here, but this is a great app for prosaic tasks like staying dry and deciding what to pack for a trip.

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