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Find out what it's doing outside with Storm by Weather Underground

The free Storm app for iOS provides high-resolution radar, a huge buffet of map layers and detailed weather information.

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Perhaps the current and ongoing winter we are experiencing in the Northeast inspired the title of Weather Underground's new iOS app, Storm. The app is free and universal, though it'll cost you $1.99 | £1.49 | AU$2.49 a year to get rid of the banner ads that run along the top.

Storm puts radar front and center and a ton of weather information at your fingertips. When you launch the app, you get a picture of the current radar with a belt of additional information at the bottom. Tap on the radar image to access past and future radar animations and a layers button that lets you select different layers such as radar, satellite, wind speed and temperature and map overlays such as storm tracks, weather stations and wind stream.

If you allow the app to know your location, it'll center the radar map around your location. You can save additional locations (and then access them) by tapping on the button to the left of the name of the location current displayed above the map.

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The belt below the radar features current conditions, the hourly forecast, and a daily forecast. You can tap on each for more information. The daily forecast, for example, expands from four days to ten days, and you can tap on each day for more detailed information. Swipe sideways on the belt and you will see a button to upgrade to the to the ad-free version and settings. In settings, you can choose your preferred units of measurement along with which types of alerts you'd like to receive.

I don't know if Storm will unseat Yahoo Weather as my go-to iPhone weather app, but I may keep it on hand for the rest of the winter to keep a better eye on approaching storms. I really like the responsive, high-resolution radar it provides and the expansive map layer options.

If you'd like a laugh with your weather forecast, check out the Funny or Die Weather app, which is also powered by Weather Underground (and comedians).