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Dark Sky Weather

By Jackadam

Editors’ Choice

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


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 and the next week, 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 5.3.3

Update to support the new iPhone X.


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Customer Reviews

Best radar by far.

If you drop a few bucks on this app you will not regret it. I've been through all the other apps but this radar is the top of the line. I use it daily and if you need to know anything about the weather in your area this is your app. This is not full of the fluff that other weather apps have like videos of people's pets and stuff like that, just the weather and forecast. I love it and so will you if you try it.

Update: as of late, the location has never been accurate. It says I’m in a town 20 mi north of me so the weather forecast is useless. Looks like its time to uninstall and ask Apple for refund. Sure its all pretty and stuff but how can I rely on a weather app that has my location wrong. I can look out the window for free. Its a shame but I will get over it. “My RADAR” is always on point so that’s what I get for being unfaithful.

Amazing, not necessary

This app combines all the things I look for in an app, minimalism, fluidity, and gorgeous design. Working inside the office or a coffee shop and seeing a notification that it will begin raining soon is amazing. It is the best weather app out there. Only issue is you can get relatively the same information for free from other apps or even stock iOS weather.

The Ugly: Not to much to say here. I wish they would implement different theme options, especially a dark theme. At times the globe can be glitchy even on the new iPhone generation.

Bottom Line: Treat yourself to an app that will go much longer for your day-to-day life than your $4 espresso. This app is also crazy accurate and helpful with the notification options. I have not regretted buying this app and I have only bought one or two apps the past couple years.

Unnecessarily invasive

Sadly, like most apps these days, Dark Sky demands that you allow the "background app refresh" option. It wont allow you to turn it off which means you don't have full control over the app or management of your phone's battery. This is a big negative for me.

The app itself does what it says it does, cleanly and consistently, so for that I give it three stars. Why only three stars? Because I paid for the app, so its fair to EXPECT that it does what it says it does. It doesn't do any more and it doesn't do any less and in my book thats a solid three stars. If the app were free, I would give it four stars. If it was free without ads, I would give it five stars. If it would allow me to turn off the "background app refresh" option I would probably give it five stars because I absolutely hate that option being taken away from me.

Dark Sky Weather
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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: 5.3.3
  • Size: 20.5 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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