It’s spring time here in the Midwest, which means you can hear the groans of photographers having to reschedule sessions due to rain. Weather is one of the hardest elements you have to battle when it comes to sessions, and we’ve got a list of some of our favorite weather apps to help you make those tough calls of when to reschedule a session.
Weather Underground is a great forcast app. It gives you detailed percentages of rain chances broken down by the hour. You can also report from within the app your local sky conditions as well as hazards like power outages or flash floods. Some additional cool features include a real-time report from the station closest to your location and user-submitted photos of weather conditions in your area and around the globe. In my experience it has been more accurate than other weather apps (like the weather channel).
Dark Sky: $3.99
Dark Sky has a precise accuracy at predicting weather changes up-to-the-minute. And it’s crazy how accurate it is! It also features a 7 day forcast and a 24 hour forecast. The precipitation and temperature global map lets you drag your finger through time to see when storms will arrive or how much time you have until the day turns hot. If there is any kind of rain, snow, or storm headed your way, Dark Sky will let you know how soon it will arrive!
A little more pricey, Radarscope is a hearty weather radar for tracking incoming weather. It is designed for weather enthusiasts (and meteorologists) that want to view NEXRAD Level 3 radar data and severe weather warnings. What does that mean for you? You get a highly detailed view of any storms or snow headed your way. They have several different radar features including reflective, velocity, dual-polarization, echo tops, accumulation, and more. You can also view tornado watches and warnings anywhere in the US. (Note: It doesn’t provide a future forecast, only current weather conditions.)
Not necessarily a weather app, but great for getting quick info on when the sun is going to rise and set on any given day. It let’s you know the time for first light to sunrise, and sunset to last light. Make sure your sessions are scheduled at the perfect golden hour time by grabbing this app!