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Check the weather with zen-like iPhone app Haze

Get current conditions, five-day forecast, and a sense of tranquility with new iPhone weather app Haze.

Are you still using the iPhone's default weather app? If so, may I suggest a 99-cent weather app released last week that provides more weather information than the default app, along with a sense of zen-like calm? Haze was released last week and is currently being offered for 99 cents. (When this introductory offer expires, Haze will cost $2.99.)

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After launching Haze and allowing it to know your location, the app will offer you a new theme called Purple Haze. After these two steps, you'll be greeted with Haze's simple, subtly animated interface. In the middle of the screen is a button with the current temp. Tap on this button and five smaller circles emerge, showing you the high and low temps for the day, the temp it actually feels like (taking into account wind chill or heat index), and wind speed and direction.

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Swipe to the right to see how many hours of daylight remain. Tap on the big circle on the sunlight screen to see five smaller circles with sunrise and sunset times, UV level, and cloud coverage. (Two buttons seem to pertain to cloud coverage, one with a graphic and one with a percentage.)

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Swipe to the the left to see the chance for precipitation. Tap on the big precip percentage circle to call forth four smaller circles showing precipitation amount, humidity level, and atmospheric pressure. (I don't know but I'd guess that the icon that looks like an unopened umbrella is telling me I won't need an umbrella today with a chance of rain at a mere 9 percent.)

On each of these three screens, there is a subtle, rippling animation. If the waves are rippling upward, it means it'll be warmer tomorrow. Downward = colder tomorrow. Quickly upward or downward = much warmer or colder tomorrow, respectively. No movement = same tomorrow as today.

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Swipe down from the top edge of the screen to see the five-day forecast. Swipe down and keep pulling down to access Haze's settings. Here, you can choose to disable the soothing sound effects, choose Fahrenheit or Celsius, select a different theme, and enable or disable tilt control. With tilt control enabled, you can jump between Haze's three different weather views by tilting your phone. As for theme, Haze starts you off with three (including Purple Haze) and will offer new themes the more you use the app.

Haze takes a decidedly different tack to reporting the weather, which you may find refreshing. There are a few things, however, in its simplicity that it doesn't do. You does not let you, for example, add additional cities as you can with the iPhone's default weather app. And it doesn't show estimated snowfall accumulation as you get with The Weather Channel's iPhone app.

What's your go-to weather app for the iPhone? Let me know in the comments below.