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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 5.1.2

- Fixing bug in Apple Watch app that caused it to hang for an unreasonable amount of time on launch.
- Misc other bug fixes.


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Customer Reviews

KILLS my watch battery!

First when I got this app, everything worked fine. The first problem I noticed is that opening the dark sky app on the watch it gets stuck on "getting your forecast", while the glance never fails. The second issue is I never get daily notifications consistently, they seem to come through whenever or on whatever day it feels like (or not). Time travel only works sometimes with the dark sky widget, other times it does not change at all when using time travel. Recently the app on the watch crashes a lot, sometimes gets stuck in "getting forecast". Out of the blue, my watch battery has tanked. Normally my watch has somewhere between 30-60 percent charge left at the end of my day, suddenly I have killed the battery before my day was over. Watch restart did not help. I deleted the dark sky app from my watch and the battery is stellar again. Maybe I could have just stopped using the dark sky widget to stop the battery drain, but I didn't have the patience to experiment with that. I will still use it on my phone, but I will not use it for watch until everything is fixed. I will change my rating if these problems are fixed. I love the weather animations on watch when they work!

Another Step Backward (Updated)

Update 18DEC15: Latest update has further increased watch app speed. Still only 4 stars because of ugly options buttons at the top of the phone app.

Update 08DEC15: Latest update has fixed problems with the watch app. App now responsive and useable on Apple Watch. Still only for stars until you remove those annoying blue options menus from the top of the UI on the phone app. Personally I still think it's a horrible placement for those menus unless moved to the bottom of the screen.

Problems with the Apple Watch complication from the last update continue even after uninstalling/reinstalling the app. Takes more than 15 seconds to load the app on the watch as well... Unacceptable for a watch app! Phone app is fine but for some reason they decided to remove the options page and cram them at the top of the main screen? Why? It looks awful. Two stars for not addressing the terrible watch problems and making the phone app worse in my opinion.

Pretty app, but wildly inaccurate for me

This is an app that has a neat, user friendly design and a few interesting features (rain notifications, timing and heaviness of precipitation, etc.). The problem is that this information is almost always completely inaccurate for me. The other day it told me that it was starting to rain in my location while there were no clouds in the sky. Most of the other times It mentions rain or intensity, it's as dry as a bone (albeit sometimes cloudy). I understand that maybe it's picking information from a regional radar, but then don't tell me that your data is accurate for my exact address. The only reason I actually keep this app on my phone is to laugh whenever it notifies me that it's raining when it isn't. Also, I can't for the life of me understand the color choices of the radar. Most folks are familiar with greens, yellows, reds, etc., so the blue, purple hues of this radar don't correspond and aren't explained well. Basically my recommendation is to avoid this app and find one of the plethora of weather apps out there that are more accurate and don't cost money to download.

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: 5.1.2
  • Size: 12.6 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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