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Dark Sky Weather for iOS

By Jackadam $3.99 Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jun 7, 2018

Dark Sky is a specialized weather app designed to give you precipitation and temperature information tailored to your specific location and allows you to quickly view information from other areas. It offers a forecasting experience unlike any other weather app on the market. While it doesn't offer a comprehensive package of weather data, it may be just what you're looking for.

Pros

Visual representations: On each page of this app, you'll find unique graphic presentations of weather data. The main feature is an interactive radar map in the form of a globe that you can spin to see any area you choose. You can also zoom in on a selected area, and you can switch the overlay from precipitation to temperature. Additionally, there are graphs to show the projected temperature for the next 20 or so hours, as well as an animated graph showing how much precipitation your area will likely receive over the next hour, broken down into 10-minute increments.

Notification options: One of the most useful features of this app is the Notifications, which you can set to alert you when it's about to start raining or snowing. You can adjust these notifications to appear for light, moderate, or only heavy precipitation, depending on your preference.

SEE: The 5 Best Weather Apps with the Most Accurate Forecast for Your Location

Cons

Reliability: Notifications did pop up during testing, and they were somewhat accurate in terms of when the rain would start. But they didn't come up every time it started raining, and so to be sure you weren't about to walk out into a downpour, you'd have to open the app and check manually.

Bottom Line

Dark Sky is a fun app to play with, and it can be quite useful under certain circumstances. If you want to know more than precipitation and temperature forecasts, you'll have to consult another app. But if you're mainly concerned about not getting caught in a storm, it's a good option to have on hand, and it costs $3.99 on the App Store.


Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.2.9

- Fix for Widget crashes / wonky updating
- Fix for occasional Apple Watch complication update issues
- VoiceOver improvements
- Other misc. bug fixes and tweaks

General

Release April 26, 2017
Date Added April 26, 2017
Version 5.2.9

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Popularity

Total Downloads 3,213
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

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. 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 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.