Most of the mobile weather apps we'll discuss are geared toward practicality: acknowledgment of how weather influences life, while on the run, based on the need to be alerted instantly of impending doom. So before we get down to business, let's take a moment to appreciate weather's potential for beauty, serenity and relaxation.
Kittehface Software's Snowfall Live Wallpaper doesn't help when it comes to determining ski conditions, but this app might provide some comfort to Android users eagerly awaiting the first flakes of winter. The free version of Snowfall Live Wallpaper depicts a gentle vision of white flakes settling softly on a landscape of pine trees. For just 99 cents, a more detailed version features variations such as cheerful Christmas light decorations, as well as day and night settings. Kittehface doesn't claim that every snowflake on this app is unique, but it's definitely different from the usual smartphone wallpaper options.
Snowfall Live Wallpaper doesn't change according to the actual weather, so those seeking a less frigid climate have a bit of control. If the sight of snow is more stressful than soothing, Kittehface also offers similar applications in Thunderstorm and Blue Skies, which, like Snowstorm, are pretty self-explanatory, but no less dazzling. And though the most frequent user complaint is that these live wallpaper apps will drain any phone's battery rather quickly, it might be worthwhile to for the privilege of carrying instant Zen in your pocket.
If you'd rather know what's going on outside, the next pages will discuss more practical mobile weather apps.