Dark Sky - Weather Radar, Hyperlocal Forecasts, and Storm Alerts
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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.)
YOUR WEATHER, DOWN TO THE MINUTE
Using GPS, Dark Sky is able to create forecasts for your precise location, giving you minute-to-minute predictions for the next hour and detailed forecasts for the next day and week.
BEAUTIFUL WEATHER ANIMATIONS
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 can send you an alert before it starts raining at your exact location. Even if you haven't opened the app in days, Dark Sky will know when you're in the path of a storm.
What's New in Version 4.0.2
- Various UI and layout tweaks
- Double-tap to zoom into map (which can now zoom in closer)
- Fixed Launch Center Pro support
- Oh lordy, so many bug fixes
Used to be perfect, now just okay.
Update: for those, who, like me, hoped for a, even partial, return to prior look and feel, this update doesn't really help. Perhaps I can now zoom in tighter, but it just feels blurry and slow. My disappointment continues.
I can see they put a lot of work into this version, but I don't like it at all. This new version is a lot less intuitive, less focused on hyper local rain prediction, and more geared to the general weather over a broad area. The app used to be beautiful and form fitting. Now it's just blah, uninspired, aimless and utilitarian. It used to be a showcase app. Now it's become an also-ran homogeneity.
The spinning globe of weather is cool for about 10 seconds, but is utterly useless. The temp map is equally useless. Bring back the old view which zoomed in tighter, and was more attractive, and had the unified temporal rain gauge. Also app seems much slower to load data. They hit it out of the park with the prior version, but perhaps it was just luck, as they regressed towards the mean on this one.
Win me back by trimming away the superfluous and bland, and bring back the focus and spark.
Still does what it does best and more
When I first got Dark Skies, it did one thing -- hyperlocal very short term forecasts. This is great if you want to know whether to leave immediately or whether to wait out a shower. I thought it would be even better if it could also give me a basic longer term forecast and now it does. In fact, I like the graphs and bars very much. Some people complain about the accuracy, but any one whether model will have that problem. In my experience, the problems have been small matters of degree, rather than gross errors. Snow or rain may be hard to call when the temperature is near 32. If you want a better longer term forecast, your best bet is to turn to your local meteorologists, who are familiar with the best models for your area. As far as design, I think the interface does a good job of surfacing what's important. Maybe there could be an option for dark or light to satisfy the kvetchers.
getting used to the redesign, but still miss the old one
Today I wanted to know the specifics of the rain activity in my nabe and launched Dark Sky, even though I didn’t want to because the new design makes me sad. It worked pretty much the same as before and I was thankful for that.
I guess the utility is what matters, and although some have complained of inaccuracies the service continues to work well for me. So I guess I’ll keep using it despite the visual overhaul.
It’s just that I used to launch the app and show it off to anyone who asked me for a good weather app recommendation. I can’t see myself doing that anymore. Frankly I can’t imagine anyone being as impressed with the app at first glance as they might once have been.
But it works, so 4 stars for that.
- Category: Weather
- Updated: Feb 17, 2014
- Version: 4.0.2
- Size: 4.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: jackadam
- © 2012 The Dark Sky Company, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.