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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.

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Terrible weather app for PNW Coast
EarlyViking on 2020-09-27
Doesn't download weather for Northern BC Coast, doesn't do timeline on standard NOAA and Canadian BUOYs a few miles off shore, wants to go to my location not where i mark or name on map in Canada. Useless for outdoor rec in the Pacific N W. Gives rain but map doesn't let me choose wind gusts. Has no place to choose wind in Knots like we use on the Pacific coast in both BC and WA state. Interesting because their website functions in BC, canada, has wind gusts and wind in kts, It might have been good in the past but it seems Apple wrecked it or didn't buy the whole package. Dark Sky used to be Garmin's InReach weather app for land based tracking. It had poor coastal weather reporting evens 3 yrs ago. Don't waste your money on this especially if you sail, kayak, explore the Pacific West Coast. Check out Windfinder Pro for coastal weather and Weather Bug for local land and Puget Sound weather.
Such a disappointment
Nendrum on 2020-09-27
A weather app is one of the apps I use most frequently on my phone and after growing frustrated with Weather Underground I thought it was time to actually plonk down some dollars for a premium experience.. Based on reviews, Dark Sky seemed to be a good choice. But no!! Their forecasts are ludicrously wrong. As is “No rain for the next hour” while the rain is lashing down on my back porch. As in 5 day forecasts that are majorly at odds with the other (free) apps on my phone.... where those free apps turn out to be right!! . As in Dark Sky saying it’s 70 when the temp is closer to 70. I’m honestly surprised - I thought the basics of all forecasts came from the same source and mostly these apps were packaging the data up in better or not-so-good ways. But clearly not - Dark Sky’s data (at least for my area) is consistently off. The hunt for a better weather app continues ... thank God I didn’t pay too much for it.
Essential AppleWatch Tool
RxAnalyst1 on 2020-09-27
When anyone I know purchases an AppleWatch, I let them know if there is one app that is worth purchasing it is Dark Sky. It lets you know weather events before they occur depending on where you literally are. I’ve had this app for about 4 years (since my AppleWatch Series 2) and noticed that There are others out there that are free and not bad. For instance The Weather Channel, but they are somewhat general. I’ve not used Carrot but feel pretty good about this one and see no need to purchase another for comparison. I believe also that Apple now owns Dark Sky so I’m looking forward to what enhancements this would bring to the overall experience in the Apple ecosystem.
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SehoM on 2020-09-27
This is a fantastic in-depth weather application that I’ve found helpful since purchasing after Apple’s investment. This being said there are many aspects that Apple should implement for more cross compatibility between iOS and Dark Sky. For example, I should be able to add as many cities to my saved list that I have on my normal Apple weather app. I also think a change in the light/tone of the app display throughout the day could be unique. There are also many paths to be taken with new Apple Watch features. I hope to see more growth for what seems to be a stagnant period for this app - let’s get some more development!
Inaccurate, really bad.
Rod2526 on 2020-09-27
Guess the idiots at Apple have abandoned this crappy app You can have an hour of rain forecasted for a specific day and this stupid app with just show a rain symbol next to that day. Stupid The Weather Channel, which I'm no big fan of, was rated the most accurate and reliable weather provider in my area. TWC says it's 57 defgrees, Dark Sky says it's 46. Check eWeather it says 56, check AccuWeather it says 57. Dark Sky = inaccurate Ridiculously inaccurate, horrible radar, no lightening alerts. Just a poor app. They must be paying Apple to keep them atop the charts.
I don’t get the fuss.......
Forcelee on 2020-09-27
.......about this weather app. It’s very basic. Visually very simple and the current temperature is wildly inaccurate. For example at the moment according to the National weather service it’s 71 F. A free weather app I have shows the current temperature as 71 F. Dark sky is showing the temperature as 67 F. This afternoon the actual air temperature was 87 and Dark Sky showed 82 F. The map I nice bit not worth a paid app. Edited. Just changed my review to 1 star. It’s currently 71 degrees in my location. Dark Star says it’s 62. What a joke for a paid app.
What happened?
Yoshgee on 2020-09-27
I used to love Dark Sky. Never thought I’d pay for a weather app but then Dark Sky came along and I changed my tune. It had a great UI, lots of features, and was hyper local. However, for the last year or so I’ve noticed a large decline in the accuracy of the forecasts from Dark Sky. Things like saying it’s raining when it isn’t, and not saying it’s raining when it is. Also, despite being bought by Apple, there is still no Dark Sky widget in iOS 14. Disappointed lately in Dark Sky, but hopefully one day it can be my go to weather app again.
IAMWAM on 2020-09-27
I bought this becauseof it's popularity and then decided to see how accurate Dark Sky is... I read other people complaining about how the temperature is about 5 degrees F. Curious, I took my own thermometer outside and sure enough, 5 degrees. Comparing to other apps, including the built in weather app, the trend seemed to follow suit. All of them were 4-5 degrees lower. Kinda bummed I paid for a less accurate version of a free app that came with my device...
Was the #1
He's shah on 2020-09-27
It has been the best weather app I have found in years. But it seems Apple has different plans since they bought them. It hasn’t been updated in over 5 months(has regular updates about every month). It used to be spot on with alerts. But now it’s here and there. I’m leaving 3 stars because it’s still a good app, but if they are still charging for the app then I’d make a pass at this point. Hopefully there is still a team out there working on it.
ericihle on 2020-09-27
Does not highlight zones/counties with active weather alerts (seems like such a basic feature) like Weather Underground does. Just a bit spammy with alerts for rain start/stop. If rain stops in 5min but starts again 10min later, did it really stop raining? Being an Apple owned app, it would be nice if they updated it for ios14 as new-style widgets are at the top and old-style widgets are at the bottom, this has broken my flow for widgets.

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