How to Get Severe Weather Alerts on Your iPhone

When a big storm is coming your way, here’s how you can get notified on your iPhone so that you can be prepared when it hits your area.

More often than not, you check the weather frequently to see if it’s going to rain or thunderstorm in your area during the day, so you’re usually caught up with what the weather might do in the near future, but if you’re having a busy day and can’t time to check the weather yourself, you might get unlucky and catch yourself in the middle of a flash rainstorm or a heavy thunderstorm.

Because of this, it’s probably important for you to receive push notifications for severe weather alerts, that way you’ll know if any kind of severe weather is headed your way without needing to actively look at your weather app to see what the skies are up to.

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Surprisingly, not many weather apps offer weather alerts of any kind, but we found a couple of popular weather apps that offer severe weather alerts and we’ll show you how to set them up in each app.

Emergency Alerts on iPhone

A fairly recent law requires that smartphones come with the ability to offer emergency alerts by default. You can easily enable these in Settings.

  • Open up the Settings app.
  • Tap on Notification Center.
  • Scroll all the way down to the bottom.
  • Tap on the toggle switch next to Emergency Alerts.

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This will give you alerts from the NOAA about various weather-related emergencies. We’re not sure how in-depth these alerts get, but they certainly won’t warn you about server thunderstorms or heavy rain. You’ll have to rely on other third-party apps for that functionality.

Dark Sky

Dark Sky is one of our favorite weather apps, mainly because it’s simple and easy to digest the weather information given. The app will simply tell you when it’s supposed to rain and for how long.

In Dark Sky, you can set up push notifications on your iPhone that will provide you with alerts whenever it’s about to rain in your area, and you can customize them so that it only notifies you when there’s going to be heavy rain or even just light rain.

  • Open up the app and tap on the Notify button in the lower-right corner.
  • Move the slider left or right depending on the threshold that you want to set.

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  • You’ll want to make sure that you have push notifications enabled, but the app should automatically bring up a prompt to enable them.
  • Once you’ve selected the kind of alert you want, tap on Close to finish the process.
  • You’ll now receive a push notification whenever it’s about to rain in your area.

Weather Underground

Weather Underground is another popular weather app that provides push notifications on your iPhone, and it gives you a lot of different types of alerts to choose from, which is great.

  • Open up the app and tap on the Menu button in the upper-left corner. This will bring up a side bar.
  • Scroll down and tap on Push Alerts.
  • Tap on Add a U.S. City and search for your city in the search box, or it may already pop up under Recent.

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  • Tap on your city and you’ll then be greeted with a list of alerts that you can choose from. Tap on the ones that you want and they’ll turn white as a confirmation.
  • Tap on Save in the upper-right corner, and then hit Save again on the next screen to finish the process

Unfortunately, other popular weather apps don’t come with severe weather alerts, including Yahoo Weather, The Weather Channel, and even Apple’s stock Weather app in iOS 7. However, these alternatives listed above get the job done, and they do it well.

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