Dark Sky gives users up to the minute weather notifications.
I’ve used my fair share of weather-related apps – weather.com, Yo Window, Forecast Fishing, Good Weather…and none of them deliver what Dark Sky does.
Dark Sky uses state-of-the-art weather forecasting to predict precipitation down to the minute at specific locations. The very unique thing about Dark Sky is that it was made possible through Kickstarter. Nearly 1,200 people backed the project to make it a reality.
Dark Sky provides users with a remarkable animations on its weather radar, which allow users to see the actual path of a storm. It is an incredibly smooth animation instead of the stutter you get from most weather radars.
Dark Sky uses GPS to determine a user’s location and will send push notifications to warn the user of precipitation in the area. A nice feature within the ‘Notify’ option is that you can request that the app not notify you between certain time periods – sort of like a do not disturb mode. You can also set the notifications to only notify you when a certain level of precipitation is reached – sprinkling, light, moderate, or heavy.
The prediction radar only predicts an hour into the future and the forecast only shows the temperatures for the next 24 hours. This is a new concept to me because all other weather apps have a 3-day, 5-day and even a 10-day forecast built-in. But, Dark Sky does not. Its primary focus is in the here and now.
Dark Sky is a solid, present-time weather app for iOS. I recommend it to anyone, but especially to those who depend on weather for their occupations.
It is currently on version 3.0.3 and was originally released April 12, 2012. If you are interested in it, I would recommend that you download the Starbucks app for iOS and look for free app selections. Dark Sky was their featured app of the week.