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Dark Sky - Hyperlocal Weather, Radar, and Storm Alerts

By Jackadam


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Dark Sky can tell you at a glance exactly when it will rain (or snow) up to an hour in advance, so you’re free to walk the dog or run out to lunch and know you’ll stay dry. You can also explore the most beautiful weather animation you’ve ever seen, both forward in time or back.

(Dark Sky is available in the US, UK and Ireland.)

Using GPS, Dark Sky is able to create forecasts for your precise location, giving you minute-by-minute predictions for the next hour and hour-by-hour forecasts for the next day and week.

The same technology that powers Dark Sky’s predictions also allows us to make the world’s first perfectly smooth radar animation. Other apps show you a chunky slideshow that makes it nearly impossible to tell how storms are moving. But Dark Sky’s radar animation lets you see the actual path of the storm: how it moved in the past, and where it’s going in the future.

Dark Sky comes with advanced notification options: Receive down-to-the-minute alerts before it starts raining at your exact location, get notified of government severe weather alerts (for such things as thunderstorms, flooding, hurricanes, etc), or even create your own custom notifications covering the next 24 hours for things like temperature, wind, precipitation and more. Even if you haven't opened the app in days, Dark Sky will tell you what you need to know, when you need to know it.

The Dark Sky Notification Center Widget tells you at a glance what's going to happen in the next hour, so you don't even have to unlock your phone to quickly check the weather before heading out.

Dark Sky looks great on your wrist. Get notifications and check out the weather for the next week with the Dark Sky app built from scratch for Apple Watch.

What's New in Version 5.0.2

A bug fix update:

- Some users were reporting that their location wasn't always updating properly. This has been fixed.

- Fixed some minor issues with government-issued severe weather alerts.

- The next-hour wobble chart decided not to wobble. I've had a talk with it, and it promises to do better from now on.

- Lots of other little stuff.


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Customer Reviews

Good app but needs work

I love that the app tells you, down to the minute, when rain is going to fall in your area. Additionally, I like the Apple watch alerts. However, there are some things that need changed. One being the radar view. The colors are hard to look at because the colors are unique and don't appear like any normal radar, thus you pretty much guess where the heavy rain is. Additionally, ground detail is non existent. There are no labels except for the major city I live by. I actually use a second weather app to see the radar we all know and love. The ability to change colors and/or layers would be great. I would also like to see better refresh rates. I get an alert that rain is coming when it has already started. Finally, the minute by minute forecast needs to be more apparent. Clicking on the vertical time line or wave graph should allow you to see a minute by minute breakdown but, instead, neither do a thing. This leaves you with 10 minute blocks of what's coming. Granted, there is a text description of time but why make that separate? Just integrate more details into the timeline you already have. I'd like to see improvements but it's a decent enough weather app. Unfortunately if things don't improve soon I'll have to go with another app that operates a little better and has a radar that doesn't look like a botched tie die job.

Can't specify which city I'm in

Instead of being able to say "my location is New York, NY", it has to continuously track location. Granted the latter may be a tiny bit more accurate, but the battery drain and privacy issue is not worth it. Especially the battery drain. Why can't the app have the 2 options? at the very least.

Review update: this app is a waste of money for it drains your battery like there is no tomorrow. The developer claims that it uses an efficient way of tracking your location but it doesn't, the location icon is always in my status bar and battery has dramatically changed. Don't waste your money and hopefully the developer will eventually allow users to use this app without giving in with location services. How hard can it be anyway?

Family Sharing not working for me

I like this app, and it seems to be one of the best I've found. My only issue is that it says "Yes" next to the Family Sharing setting, but when I try to install through the Family Sharing on either my wife's iPhone or her iPad, it works one time, then says she has to buy it to keep using it. Isn't the point of Family Sharing paying for an app on one device and being able to share it without paying again on other devices in your Family Group? Fix this issue and it would be the perfect weather app in my book.

Dark Sky - Hyperlocal Weather, Radar, and Storm Alerts
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
Offers Apple Watch App for iPhone
  • $3.99
  • Category: Weather
  • Updated:
  • Version: 5.0.2
  • Size: 9.7 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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