AccuWeather.com Complete Features & Benefits Comparison
Feature
Benefit
Functionality
Free
Premium
Professional
Expert Meteorological Blogs & Videos
Access to exclusive forecast information from our expert meteorologists - in addition to creating your own advanced forecasts.
  • Henry Margusity's Short Range Outlook.
  • Mike Smith's Extreme Weather.
  • Jonathan Porter's Pro Tutorials.
  • Alan Reppert's European Weather.
Basic blog content from Henry
Basic blog content from Henry
All 4 bloggers
24-Hour Customer Service
AccuWeather help is available when you need it - at all times of the day or night!
  • Live & responsive customer service available 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Available by phone or email.
Yes
Yes, Priority
Yes, Priority
AccuWeather Exclusive Forecasts
Exclusive forecasts generated by more than 100 AccuWeather.com meteorologists.
  • Create your own TV-style weather maps.
  • Ability to choose your preferred satellite maps for your desired visual.
Dozens (U.S. national level)
Hundreds (State level)
Hundreds (State Level)
AccuPOP
AccuWeather's revolutionary AccuPOP will help you make decisions about outside activities with accuracy.
  • Graphical 3-hourly probabilities of precipitation.
  • Includes the Total Liquid Equivalent.
  • Shows Snow/Ice/Rain.
  • Predictions based upon a combination of longer-term probabilities and precipitation amounts.
1 Day
4 Days
4 Days
Composite Radar Loops
Radar loops make it easier for you to recognize weather trends.
  • Radar loops are animated through an exclusive javascript animation page which allows the user to control the animation much like a VCR.
8 Frames
50 Frames
50 Frames
Composite Radar Update Time
Radar is updated more quickly - keeping you informed with the latest.
  • 5-minute radar update time increases the data accuracy.
15 Minutes
5 Minutes
5 Minutes
Storm Top & Hail Composite Radars
Storm Top & Hail Composite Radars show the height and hail potential of storms nationwide.
  • Storm Top Radars - NEXRAD Echo Top composites and animations at state level.
  • Hail Potential Radars - NEXRAD Vertically Integrated Liquid (VIL) composites and animations at state level.
SIR, Precip
SIR, Precip
Hail, Tops,SIR, Precip
Doppler Precip Loops
Radar loops show precipitation totals for storms from start to finish.
  • 5-minute radar update time increases the data accuracy.
None
50 Frames
50 Frames
Forecast Model Graphics and Text Output
Data output allows you to manipulate the model data the way you want. You'll be able to quickly and easily compare different weather possibilities, giving you the tools you need for decision-making.
  • Millions of Computer Forecast Model Maps.
  • Shows weather predictions from one hour to nine months.
  • Compare forecasts amongst the models.
  • View data in different formats - maps, graphs, plots, and text.
None
100's (U.S. Only)
Millions (World Wide)
Full-Screen Version
Full-Screen option allows you to see every detail of your weather information.
  • Radar, satellites, and severe advisory displays optimized for continuous monitoring.
No
Yes
Yes
Hi-Res Graphics
Thousands of high resolution weather presentation graphics that explain daily weather with a television-style look.
  • Create your own TV-style weather maps.
  • Ability to choose your preferred satellite maps for your desired visual.
Limited Low-res
Limited Low-res
Thousands, Hi-res
Historical Maps
Past weather data in a graphical format.
  • Worldwide historical data including actuals and normals, as well as heating, cooling, and growing degree data.
U.S. only, 1-Year historic information
20 Years U.S. historic information
20 years Worldwide historic information
Historical Text
Detailed, quality-controlled, global historical weather data, using variables that are most important to you, including detailed METAR text obs, and more.
  • Worldwide historical data including actuals and normals, as well as heating, cooling, and growing degree data.
2 Years
20 Years U.S. (1200 stations)
20 Years Worldwide (2400 stations)
Hour-By-Hour Forecast
Worldwide, Hour-By-Hour forecasts for 15 days.
  • Dozens of variables.
  • View variables hourly for 360 hours into the future and 12-hour averages and extremes.
72 Hours
72 Hours
360 Hours
Local Radar Types
Local, Single-Site NEXRAD products are the most detailed Radar.
  • 22 NEXRAD products, including rainfall rates, storm tops and hail, and storm wind velocity.
1 Type
20 Types
21 Types
NEXRAD Storm Info Table
Detailed stats on the severity of storms.
  • Detailed statistics on each storm notes existence of dangerous rotation (including tornadic signatures) and shows hail probability, diameter, and expected track.
None
Local
Local & National
Satellite Loop Length
Weather from satellite view, for the past 24 hours.
  • Images taken from worldwide satellites show the different weather patterns for the last 24 hours.
2 Hours
24 Hours
24 Hours
StormTimer™
Get ahead of the next storm with StormTimer storm prediction.
  • Plots the expected movement of significant storms on radar.
No
Yes
Yes
Surface Obs Text
Weather data is searchable using variables and thresholds that are most important to you, including detailed METAR text obs, and more.
  • Detailed synoptic, METAR text obs and maps, including temperature and precipitation statistics.
  • Worldwide historical data including actuals and normals, as well as heating, cooling, and growing degree data.
Basic
Limited U.S.
Custom Variable Search
Surface Plots
Weather observations, including weather type, on worldwide maps.
  • Detailed synoptic, METAR text obs and maps, including temperature and precipitation statistics.
  • Worldwide historical data including actuals and normals, as well as heating, cooling, and growing degree data.
None
Limited U.S.
Detailed Worldwide
Upper Air Data
Upper air data is useful for predicting future severe weather, as well as for aviation safety.
  • SKEW-T and Hodograph diagrams, wind and temperature summaries and upper air charts for all of the significant forecast levels.
No
No
Yes
VAD Local Radar
Velocity Azimuth Display Winds: A vertical cross-section showing wind heights and speeds.
  • Helps determine the strength of the low-level jet, and identify the wind shear changes in the environment during storms.
No
No
Yes
MapSpace™ Enhanced Radar
Interactive web display with a huge resolution upgrade that allows one to pan and zoom across the US, Canada, and Europe for radar data, and the entire world for satellite data.
  • High-Res (level II) US Radar.
  • State-Level Lightning Strikes.
  • Canadian Radar.
  • European Radar.
  • Worldwide Hi-Res Satellite.
  • Interactive Application.
  • 24-Hour Archive.
  • Plot Your Location.
  • Customizable Layers, Sizes.
Yes
Yes
Yes
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