The stock iOS Weather application is a little… eh… boring. So why not replace it with a better one? A new free Notification Center widget called WeatherUnderground for Notification Center
by iOS developer Andrew MacKie-Mason pulls your weather information directly from Weather Underground
, and it’s more informative than iOS’ stock Weather application.
You will get the main widget, shown above in the middle, that looks similar to the stock Weather application widget. It displays an icon to show the weather conditions outside, as well as the temperature. Additional information, such as what the weather actually feels like, the humidity level, and the wind speed is also included.
Swiping to the left on the widget reveals the widget above on the left, which shows the temperature, and what the temperature actually feels like in a more detailed format. You will see a line graph where you can view how the temperature will change throughout the day, and you will get information about the highs and lows for the day.
Swiping to the right on the widget reveals the widget above on the right, which shows what the weather will be like for the next 4 days (unfortunately, not the next 7 days). You get the expected highs and lows for the day, as well as the rain chances.
If you swipe all the way to the left, you will get the widget's credits, as well as a refresh button that you can use to refresh your Weather information in the widget:
If you tap on the widget, Mobile Safari will be launched with all of the weather information loaded for you about your current location on the Weather Underground Web site. The widget detects your current location for you automatically, and there doesn't appear to be a way to edit the location.
When you head over to the Settings application, and go into the Notifications preferences pane, you will be able to enable and disable the widget on demand. You can tap on the widget pane to reveal some additional options:
The options you can configure include a data refresh delay, an hourly forecast length, and a place to input your API key. To get an API key from Weather Underground, you will need to sign up and get a free one via this link
WeatherUnderground for Notification Center is not only free, but it’s also open source. You can view the source code for the Notification Center widget via this GitHub link
. WeatherUnderground for Notification Center is compatible with iOS 5 and iOS 6. If you're interested in trying it out, you will find it in Cydia's BigBoss repository right now!
WeatherUnderground for Notification Center