Bing Weather is part of a suite of four Bing apps for Windows Phone meant to make daily news, weather, sports, and finance information easy to find and consume. In keeping with the other apps' designs, Bing Weather is simple, clean, and exceedingly easy to use.
I don't ask for much in a weather app: I just want the current conditions, the upcoming forecast, and maybe a few weather maps. Bing Weather delivers all those features, no more, no less, wrapped up in a colorful design.
Compared with The Weather Channel app on Windows Phone, which comes preinstalled on most Lumia handsets and includes several social features, Bing Weather is a no-nonsense basic weather app that delivers simple daily weather conditions and extended forecasts.
The app's design is colorful, clean, and even beautiful in places. The main screen features a full-screen background that notes the current weather condition -- clouds for overcast conditions, sun rays when it's clear, and so on. Some backgrounds are more exciting than others, but they all add a nice touch.
The app's color scheme also changes based on the current weather conditions, with green for light rain, light blue for sun, and navy blue for overcast, to name a few.
Bing Weather gets its data from three main weather sources: AccuWeather, Foreca, and WDT.
When you first open the app, it will use your phone's GPS to set a permanent home location based on your current location. If you split your time between two cities, or are preparing for an upcoming trip, you can add additional locations by tapping the globe icon at the bottom of the app.
The app's home screen only shows a recent local weather report, including current temperature, that day's highs and lows, forecasted conditions for day and night, plus other assorted weather stats such as humidity, visibility, and wind speed.
If you want even more information (such as sunrise and sunset times or chances for rain), you must swipe to the next screen in the app, which shows a 10-day forecast, and tap on today's date to load a page of extra weather stats. I wish that I could get to that information directly from the main page instead.
On that weather page, you'll also see historical weather details, such as the average high and low and average rainfall for that specific date. There's also the record high and low and the year that record was set, which, while not always useful, is neat to see.
The 10-day outlook tab (named daily in the app) gives you a quick glance at weather conditions over the next week and a half, with highs and lows and chances for precipitation. You can tap any date to get more details.
To the right of the 10-day forecast are the hourly forecasts. The daily and hourly pages look almost identical, so at first glance I couldn't tell the difference. Here you'll see the weather hour by hour for the next 24 hours.
The last page of the app shows a list of weather maps. Here there are both local and national maps for temperature, Doppler radar, and precipitation conditions, and national-only maps that show cloud cover and satellite images. Tap any map to open it in landscape mode and it will play on a loop to show the past and upcoming conditions.
My only gripe with Bing Weather is that the app takes the several seconds to load each weather page when you swipe through each one. It's most noticeable when swiping from the daily to hourly taps and the hourly to maps tabs.
Bing Weather does a fantastic job of delivering location-specific weather conditions and forecasts. Its simple and colorful design makes it easy to quickly glance at the app or live tile to find what's happening outside, and see the upcoming weather forecasts.
Though it can be slow at times, Bing Weather's flawless design makes it a must-have for anyone who needs to know the weather at home or on-the-go.