First up: I have no connection whatever with the app developers (whoever they are). This is a totally honest and unbiased review. Yeah, I know, anyone can say that, but it’s actually true. Yeah, I know anyone can say that but ... Look, sometimes you just have to trust people. Get trusting now:
There are lots of apps offering to forecast the weather so it can be hard to know which to choose. I have several because each has their own virtues. But if I had to choose just one it would be this, no contest.
Why? Because it knows where I live, to within a few hundred yards, and I live in a tiny hamlet in the remote north west of Scotland, too tiny for most apps to bother with, and if it works for me it’ll certainly work for almost anywhere.
Most weather apps simply extrapolate the weather in a small place like this from the nearest town or large village. We live right on the coast (as in 400 yards from) 50 miles away from the nearest large village with some of the highest mountains of the Scottish Highlands in between which means the weather between there and here is affected not just by mountainous terrain but by coastal changes too. So any weather app that simply extrapolates from there to here is near useless.
This app is different.
This app maps, minute by minute, the weather systems all over the globe. Impressive, yes. You can even watch a recording of how the system currently affecting you has moved over the last few hours, especially useful for us in watching how the prevailing NW wind system is behaving. You can also watch it’s predicted course over the next day.
This is what allows the app to offer its main USP: telling you when it’s going to rain. I don’t mean, as in tomorrow morning. I mean as in a minute from now. And it has a neat little gizmo that lets you watch the predicted rainfall level rise and fall. Not only that, but it tells you, to the minute, when it’s going to stop raining. (Pause for cracks about how if it’s the Highlands it’s always raining. That’s not true. You mean Wales. Or Manchester.)
Of course, if you live in Nevada that may not be of much interest to you. But to us here, on the Scottish North West Coast where the prevailing system has such a changeable effect, to be able to, literally, watch rain arriving — and going — on the map is seriously useful. To know to the minute when rain will arrive, and how light or heavy it will be, and how long it will last before it moves on is a real boon.
And it is astonishingly accurate. It slightly over-estimates the heaviness, sometimes predicting light rain when it’s merely overcast, but we live right under a very local rain shadow of just a few hundred feet, and the weather here can be quite different from just a very short distance away.
But that’s another great aspect of the app. If it’s not spot on, with two taps you can report local weather so it’s always improving it’s accuracy.
As for that accuracy, it’s always spot on with its timing, surely the most important part of rain prediction. To be able to see when the rain is going to,be so,heavy you want to,wait till,it’s over before you even drive anywhere, or when to bring in the sun lounger (yes, you may laugh: actually it’s often scorchio up here, so there) and when you needn’t bother watering the garden is really helpful. (Actually my husband has his own infallible method of predicting rain: if he waters the garden I can be sure of a downpour within the hours.) But this app is accurate to the minute.
The only snag, and maybe it’s inevitable given the aim of accuracy, is that it only gives detailed predictions of the weather 24 hours in advance, and only predicts rainfall over the next hour. But added to its more general predictions covering the week in advance that’s still really useful when planning outdoor activities. When you live, as we do, under a highly changeable weather system, even an hour’s warning of rain — and a prediction of how light or heavy it will be — is really helpful.
But even used just as an ordinary weather app that short-term rain accuracy means the app is super reliable in its 24-hour and week’s predictions, too making it, I think, the most reliable general weather app in the store.
Of course it also has all the weather geeky stuff about ‘feels like’ (very handy here where at times in the winter the wind can flay skin, almost) plus all the usual options like wind speed and so on. And you can save up to six locations, plus using it to recognise exactly — and I mean exactly — where you are. (Several other weather apps haven’t a clue how to find here, not even the nearest village.)
It isn’t the prettiest app, you need something like Weathermate for that, but if what you want is spot-on accuracy (and why wouldn’t you?) this is the app you need.
And if the developers could add long term forecasting — pretty please? — I’d be in weather app heaven.
Nevertheless it’s very well worthy of five stars just as it stands.
I always remember the scene from BTTF II where doc gets notified rain is stopping..... now and it does. If not have a watch (all 3 they’re amazing).
The point being that this technology is here now in Dark Sky. This is my go to weather app and has been for years now and its accuracy is just second to none. I remember when I first got this app and I went for a walk with friends and told them (after getting a notification) that we better take our jackets it’s about to rain, they looked at me strange and then in a few minutes... yep it started to rain. I often take this kind of thing for granted now but my friends and I were amazed at the time and I still am by this type of application. It’s so ‘Apple’ esque in that it’s technology that impacts my life and just works, simple but effective.
Well now I feel old so just watch back to the future and get this app!
I like this app and use it daily but find it increasingly frustrating that there is not more personalisation of the app.
Wind speed through the day is most relevant to me but you cannot re order the blue bars beneath the day forecast so I have to scroll to wind and gusts.
Why not allow us to re order those? ‘Feels like’ and ‘precipitation’ are irrelevant to me, wind and wind gust are.
I know you can press on the hours to see a detailed panel but I need the full day wind forecast as you see when you scroll across to wind and press button.
Took a chance on this app. Sadly it didn't pay off. The main reason to get this app is to be warned of rain in the next hour. So if it's going to rain in say 10 minutes time, the app should warn you in advance so you could nip indoors out of the rain in good time. Unfortunately, if it warns you at all, the app tells you it's raining after its already started and you can see that for yourself out the window. Often app thinks it’s raining when it isn’t. I live in Nottingham, England. Nice idea, poor execution.
The “Editor’s Choice” badge neatly obscures this once fine app’s falling ratings and waning appeal. The UI was never right after the ill-judged facelift of some time ago, and even now you still have to scroll to select ‘PRECIP PROB’ and then scroll back up to see the results. Having to explicitly select the probability of rain on a rain probability app. Look elsewhere. (Note. Since deleted.)
The Apple Watch complications doesn’t show all types of weather conditions, I.e partly/mostly cloudy, thunderstorms and fog etc, for example when the main app says currently partly cloudy the complication shows cloudy or if it’s light rain or drizzle in the main app the complication says rain, when the watch complication is fixed I will give 5 stars
Brilliant app, mainly use this as my daily driver on my Apple Watch series 3, the animated wind fan is awesome, some features I would like to see is current and hourly humidity, precipitation, wind speeds and direction and selection of Apple Watch complications like Carrot Weather and accuweather has
Bought this to get notifications sent to me when temp drops outside below 1 c and when rain forecast is over 50%. Works for a day and then doesn’t work anymore. I’ve uninstalled and downloaded again as per the FAQs, my iPhone settings are set to always allow this app access to my location.
This app used to be great. Hyper-local weather that worked. For some time now the location has not worked. You get notifications for somewhere you were earlier in the day not where you are now. Deleted and reinstalled. Contacted support but no reply.
Unfortunately no longer a great app. Sad.
Please fix the weather complications on the Apple Watch so it shows the now/current weather, it’s currently showing the next hour weather and not the current weather, also the watch app is showing the weather in 2 hour slots, please change this to 1 hourly weather