Living in the age of on-demand content, it’s easy to immerse yourself binge-watching the latest true crime documentary. But while zoning out can be nice once in a while, it’s still smart to keep up with day-to-day weather forecasts. Knowing if there’s rain, sun, or even a hurricane headed your way lets you plan your outfit, activities, and overall schedule accordingly.
Luckily Roku devices offer a simple way to get detailed weather updates. I’ll cover the best weather channel apps to add for local and national coverage. With severe storm warnings, hourly temperature checks, and even weather-related shows at your fingertips, you’ll stay informed on the daily.
Best Roku Weather Channel
Here are my top picks for Roku weather apps:
1. The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel needs no introduction for most people. Hosted by meteorologist celebrities like Jim Cantore and Stephanie Abrams, it’s the go-to for forecast updates.
The Roku app provides both live storm coverage and on-demand documentaries to binge. Check with your cable provider – you can likely access content for free with your subscription.
Tip: Use this guide to activate your Weather Channel account.
2. The Weather Network
Fellow Canadians, this one is for you! The Weather Network has an official Roku app so us northerners can monitor forecasts from the couch. I like the detailed hourly and 15-day outlooks for planning walks, jogs, and other outdoor activities.
For weather nerds like myself, WeatherNation goes beyond surface-level reporting with specialized content. I’m talking forecasts for beach days, space and science explainers, natural disaster breakdowns, and more. The video clips also work nicely for quick weather checks.
4. TN Valley Weather Channel
Those located in Northeastern Mississippi, Northwestern Alabama, or Southern Tennessee should add the hyperlocal TN Valley Weather Channel. It provides minute-to-minute severe storm warnings for the area.
5. AccuWeather NOW
Last but not least, AccuWeather NOW serves up video forecasts and weather programs galore. Expect global reports, climate change explainers, and short and long-form documentaries to dig into.
How to Add and Activate Roku Weather Apps
Adding and activating weather channels on Roku only takes a few minutes. Follow these steps:
- Turn on your Roku and navigate to Streaming Channels from the home screen.
- Select Search Channels.
- Type the weather channel app name into the search bar.
- Choose the app from the results list.
- Click Add Channel to install it.
- Select Go to Channel once installed to launch the app.
- An activation code and URL will appear.
- Visit the URL on a computer/phone and enter the code.
- Select your cable provider and complete activation.
- The app will refresh automatically in a few moments – then you’re ready to watch!
With so many options, everyone from storm chasers to casual forecast checkers can stay in-the-know. Add one (or all) of these weather channel apps to your Roku today.