I’m a sucker for a great weather app which is why I’m glad I downloaded Dark Sky ($4). It’s unlike any other weather app on my iPhone. In fact, the default screen looks nothing like what I’ve come to expect from weather apps, which I really like.
Hyperlocal weather forecasts
This is a hyperlocal app. This means that it uses your phone’s GPS to give you your specific forecast rather than the forecast for your zip code or town.
I’m blown away by this app’s accuracy. It told me it was going to briefly sprinkle and it did: the sky shed just a few tears and was done in just a few minutes. I’m going to formally say sayonara to any living, breathing weatherman. With this app (which seems to be far, far more accurate) I simply don’t need them.
Useful, accurate weather notifications
One feature I’ve become addicted do is the notifications. Dark Sky can send you an alert shortly before rain or snow starts at your current location. You can change the notification threshold to: any rain, light rain, moderate rain or heavy rain only. You can also choose to turn this feature off, although I don’t know why you’d want to. It seems to be very accurate.
Dark Sky features a simple interface that mostly revolves around quickly filling you in on the temperature and chance of precipitation. As soon as you open it up you see a black circle near the top of the screen that features the current temp in big type. A bit of supporting information sits around the circle: for instance, Dark Sky is telling me that it’s 73 degrees out and rising, mostly cloudy and feels like 73.
I have no problem calling this the best weather app I’ve used to date.
Directly underneath the circle you’ll see a timeline/chart that shows you the chance of precipitation over the next hour. At a glance it’s easy to see whether or not you can expect light rain or heavy showers. It even tells you how far away the closest precipitation is (in my case it’s currently 29 miles to the south).
I’m really digging the minimalistic design of this app. Color is used sparingly and to draw attention to something important. There’s no distractions to get in the way or any supurflous options. It’s simple and straightforward and as of the ...