If you're looking for weather information, Roku has you covered, with channels that provide live video reporting, current local conditions, forecasts, local and regional radar, and national weather maps. Drop your cable or satellite TV service, and you won't even miss The Weather Channel.
WeatherNationTV - WeatherNationTV is our top pick for Roku weather channels because it offers a live stream of weather reporting and forecasting along with video on demand that includes Top Stories, Headlines, Top Severe, Extended Outlook, Travel Forecast, and ten regional forecasts. In addition to the 24/7 live broadcast and VOD, you can also view very 36-hour and 7-day forecasts and current weather advisories. Nearly a dozen radar images and weather maps are also available.
The Weather Network - The Weather Network also provides live video coverage of the latest weather news, along with on-demand local weather conditions, forecasts, and radar. You won't find regional VOD forecasts or detailed maps as offered by WeatherNationTV, however.
Weather Underground - You won't find any live weather reporting here - or any other video for that matter, but this Roku weather app provides quick access to current local weather conditions, a five-day forecast, and regional radar all on the home screen. And that's the only screen you get. You won't find any long-term forecasts or weather maps, but if you want a quick weather update you'll find it here. Note that the Roku Channel Store promises webcams, but that feature is no longer available.
Weather4us - Weather4us is by far the best weather app available on Roku if you want detailed weather information and aren't looking for video. You'll find a detailed 7-day forecast on the opening screen, along with easy access to hourly forecasts, weather alerts, and time-lapse radar. The channel offers full-text weather alerts and forecast discussions from the National Weather Service, plus NWS graphics like the national weather map. All of this is available in the free ad-supported version of Weather4us, but you can purchase an ad-free version that also includes a Roku screensaver that displays more than two dozen NWS graphics while your Roku is idle.
It's not one of our top picks, but you can also find weather maps and charts on the free Weather Graphics private channel. Although it doesn't offer weather conditions or forecasts, weather watchers may also be interested in TVNweather On Demand, which features Tornado Chasers, a reality series about a group of storm chasers. Many local news channels, found in the News & Weather category of the Roku channel store, also offer local weather forecasts.
This article was original published in February 2015 but has been updated to reflect current channel information.