Dark Sky is the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information. With down-to-the-minute forecasts, you’ll know exactly when the rain will start or stop, right where you’re standing. (It’s like magic.) Featured in: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Wired, and more. YOUR WEATHER, DOWN TO THE MINUTE 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. 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. PUSH NOTIFICATIONS 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. TODAY WIDGET 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. TIME MACHINE Explore weather in the past or future. Choose a date and see historical weather data or future predictions based off of seasonal averages. APPLE WATCH 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.
There’s a lot I like about this app : a onetime fee to get no ads, a simple easy to use interface, and Apple Watch support. But there is an awful lot of problems. The radar uses non-standard colors that are confusing, the forecasted temps are consistently several degrees lower than what it turns out to be, and notifications flat out don’t work. I have been in contact with support about the notifications but it has not been fixed and now I haven’t heard from them in several months. I so want this app to be better!
Notifications for this app have never worked consistently for me even though I allow it location access always, background app refresh, and have notifications for the app on in Settings. It does what it sets out to do, well. But I have to launch the app to get information.
I remember the days when DS accurately, consistently predicted the onset of rain down to the second. It was completely indispensable. Over the years, the “magic” has deteriorated to the point of uselessness. It’s now about 50/50 with *current* weather and much, much worse with forecasts. It just doesn’t predict correctly. It calls for rain when there are no clouds in the sky, and for dry skies even as the downpour is happening. Save yourself the money and the trouble and stay away from this junk until it gets fixed...which will likely be never.
I love the way Dark Sky maintains a minimalist view of weather info. Alerts are fairly accurate, even in Florida, where weather is wildly variable from day to day. The only issues I have are with the map: 1. Radar coverage has two levels that change with zoom. The “detailed” radar (when zoomed in) doesn’t extend far beyond the coastline. It can be misleading when large storms approach from the sea. You actually have to zoom out to see a hurricane in your backyard. 2. Map data limited to temp and precipitation. There’s no view for warning areas, barometric pressure, etc.
While I appreciate the interface and it’s unique design, compared to my other Weather apps it’s wrong most of the time… And I’m a poet and didn’t know it
very good app but occasionally, for no apparent reason, freezes and can’t find its ( or other) locations.
This is my go to app numerous times daily. Not so happy now though. Lately it has been "off line" frequently. It looks like it is about to rain outside and I can't find out... why? It is off line again!
To the point: biggest draw is the developer’s promise to not track your location and sell your data. Biggest potential for improvement: the app isn’t very “deep” in the information it displays, but from what I can tell all the data is there. The app presents data over time vertically (think a calendar view of time over a day) instead of time over a horizontal/x axis. The app also only presents one type of meaningful data per screen: so, if you want to know 1) the temperature, 2) the precipitation likelihood, and 3) the amount of precipitation by hour (instead of total for a day... am, pm? who knows!), you have to click and scroll through 3 different screens. Now think about doing that over several different days to get a feeling for what the weather will do over the coming week. To me, that is the biggest failing of this app. I don’t want to sound critical, but I am, and hope to see data overlays in the future. (My preference is certainly for the display of time over a horizontal axis, but even having the overlays over the current vertical axis would be a significant improvement and would address the short comings I’ve identified with the app.)
Great app the only thing I wish it had was storm tracking as well as lightning.
Dark sky when I first got it was much more accurate then currently. Not that happy with it. The app that came with my iPhone is more accurate and predictable.