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Get beautiful forecasts with Week Weather

You've not seen a weather forecast like this.

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It takes imagination and creativity to stand out with a weather app, but developer Wolfgang Augustin has done just that with Week Weather. The app costs 99 cents, £0.79, or AU$1.29 --though that is classified as a introductory offer.

Week Weather presents a seven-day forecast in a manner resembling a bar graph. Each day gets its own vertical bar, which is divided into various blocks according to changes in temperature and various weather conditions. Six tabs along the bottom -- General, Temperature, Clouds, Precipitation, Wind and Humidity -- let you view different weather conditions.

The time of day is given along the left edge in 3-hour blocks. The middle of the screen expands the time blocks so you can get a better view of a particular time of day, and by scrolling up and down you can drag different times of day into the expanded middle area. There is also a highlighted section of the forecast that shows you a rough visual of daylight hours. That is, the shaded areas at the top and bottom of the screen are the hours before sunrise and after sunset, respectively.

You can scroll all the way down to reveal current conditions. You can also tap on anywhere on the forecast for a detailed forecast for that time and day.

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Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

Data for Week Weather is provided by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Tap on the settings button in the upper-left corner to choose your unit of measure, which is set to Celsius by default. In settings, you can also choose either the Light or Colorful lighting scheme, though the differences are subtle. You can add additional locations by tapping the button in the upper-right corner.

For a more traditional weather app, I would direct you to Weather Underground's Storm app. Alternatively, you can get a laugh along with your forecast with Funny Or Die Weather.

Via AppAdvice.