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Dark Sky Weather app for iPhone and iPad

4.6 ( 8256 ratings )
Weather Utilities
Developer: Jackadam
3.99 USD
Current version: 5.3.7, last update: 7 months ago
First release : 16 Apr 2012
App size: 18.28 Mb

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 havent 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 whats going to happen in the next hour and the next week, so you dont 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.

Pros and cons of Dark Sky Weather app for iPhone and iPad

Dark Sky Weather app good for

The accuracy on precipitation predictions and stopping has helped a lot. Great for knowing if i should walk my dog if rain eminent.
The only weather app to use as far as Im concerned, people always inquire about it when they see it for the first time. Fully compatible with the iPhone Plus sized screen resolution. The interface is simple and gorgeous, with a very Apple inspired style. The app provides a 7 day & hourly forecast in addition to accurate to the minute precipitation forecasting for the next 60 minutes. Loads extremely quickly, couldnt more highly recommend it. Worth the small price, updated regularly, and can easily become your only weather app. Update: Still absolutely love it, but Ive noticed snow accumulation forecasts tend to be a little less accurate, often on the high side. Would appreciate improved accuracy.
This app is super accurate and also provides alert notifications which are really helpful. I have never seen a weather app predicting when it will stop raining - wow
I have used a number of different weather apps and this one has by far the best interface. Well with a few dollars.
Insanely accurate. Jaw-droppingly beautiful. Not inexpensive; but, then again, we’re okay with spending our money when it’s worth it—we have iPhones! Make space for it on your home screen. To be fair, predicting the weather is an imperfect art—and no weather app is perfect for everyone. But if you’re looking for a simple, elegant presentation of accurate weather info so you can plan your day (and the next several days), this app is pretty much unbeatable.
Thats all there really is to say. It has one job and it does it spectacularly well!

Some bad moments

Its pretty bad when a weather app doesnt report that you are under a winter storm warning. But hey, at least it reported that I could look at a winter storm in a completely different state! Since I see that Dark Sky seems to update regularly, I thought they would want to be made aware of this problem. After sending an email, I have received NO RESPONSE. Its now over a week after the storm and I have heard nothing. I have but one question. HOW GOOD IS A WEATHER APP THAT DOES NOT REPORT WHEN SEVERE WEATHER IS COMING NOR ACKNOWLEDGE A CONCERN WHEN A CUSTOMER(s) HAVE AN ISSUE WITH THE APP? Im glad I know when rain is coming. BUT PLEASE FIX THE SEVERE WEATHER NOTIFICATIONS!
Now outside is rain but it says Heavy snow.... and just totally wrong forecasts. It is ice storm but acting like a An app says snow is coming.
Useless in the winter. App doesnt know the difference between sleet and snow.
I tried to like it, but it was consistently inaccurate. It often called for snow when none was forecast by other apps, weather sites, or the local news. It called for 2-5" today and its supposed to rain and stay above freezing. I wanted to love it as much as everyone else, but it has been a total letdown for me.
I have used the application for years. Loved it, love the accuracy and the detail! Decided to upgrade to the Dark Sky app once it was introduced. It worked for a week or two, but now has almost constantly been unable to provide a forecast or weather updates. Very disappointed, wasted my money.
I really liked the app but the resent bugs with the widget and the slow watch app make it worthless. It is currently so bad I went back to apples weather app since it is at least capable of quickly showing me a readable temperature

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