For any android users, NOAA Weather Unofficial is a great option. It’s just an interface for accessing NOAA point forecast data/discussion, charts, and radar/satellite imagery. Doesn’t cover some of the more specialized products like NOHRSC data, but for easy home weather checking it’s a great option.
One of the things that people struggle with when moving from commercial to NOAA forecasts is that NOAA generally includes much more uncertainty. A commercial forecast may say .37 inches of rain, whereas a NOAA point forecast will say 80% chance of precip with between a quarter and a half inch possible (and the discussion may be more uncertain than that). It’s a more honest approach, but it takes some getting used to.
That linked article in the OP is a good one. This is the issue I have with weather apps:
one challenge is that where the data is coming from and how these forecasts are generated in these proprietary weather apps is very opaque. I actually tried to look at the sourcing for some of the most popular weather apps, and they claim to be transparent, but from a scientific perspective, I have no idea how these apps are actually assimilating the data.
With the NWS the source of the data and the process used is all transparent.
Seems to be a drone with weather sensors.
The meteodrone flies up to just under 17,000 feet. It will provide updated weather data every hour 16 times a day, narrowing it down to about half a mile.