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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.
Don’t waste your money
by Freeak76 on 2019/04/24 22:59
Not even remotely worth the money. The “Weather channel” app is much more involved, I get way more information from it and it’s FREE. I don’t understand what all the hype is about with this app, it’s terrible.
Wasn’t the “recommended” app I expected.
by Jacksdayjob on 2019/04/24 13:26
I purchased this “highly recommended” app primarily for use on my series 3 watch. The NOAA and Weather Channel complications just weren’t staying current. But at least their complications loaded. Dark Sky only works as an app and not a complication. Does not meet my needs. Otherwise, it’s a fine iPhone app but there’s no way I would have paid for it just for that. My other (free) iPhone weather apps were fine.
Radar could be better
by 27PolkaDots on 2019/04/24 12:17
The radar in this app is lacking. Needs better refresh rates and the ability to future cast at a local level.
Garbage
by Kryptorchid on 2019/04/24 02:57
Update has been a known failure, there have been no improvements this year, dark sky is long dead. Mournings held every Thursday and Sunday when you’re free.
Birthday Shame
by mdchrist on 2019/04/23 23:53
So... It’s my birthday and we’re at this rooftop bar in Meatpacking (I wouldn’t typically be out in this area, I’m more self-aware than that, but it’s close to where I work, so...) ANYWAY, the app said 9 minutes to rain, so I bet my friend that it would be exactly to-the-minute. I’m a big fan of your very good app, but in this case, you were 5 minutes ahead of schedule and I was embarrassed in front of all my friends. The shame I feel is immeasurable; worse, I was forced to delete your app and write this review as punishment. Someone told me once: mistakes happen— and knowing that it isn’t just an expression stung most of all. In summation; pee is stored in the balls.
It's raining, Dark Sky says 0 chances
by dbkattk on 2019/04/23 22:54
It's raining, Dark Sky says 0 chances, the default weather app gives the correct output. Also i don t understand why it needs to always check my location, what if i only want to see it for one city? Why do you access gps every time? Allow me the option to choose.
Pointless
by Ann.O.Dyne on 2019/04/23 13:42
Headed out the door for a walk at 8:50 because Dark Sky assured me that "light rain" might be around at 11:00. Imagine how disconcerting to hear THUNDER & then being caught in the rain at 9:24...Yep, not only rain but LIGHTNING!
More Custom Weather Notifications!
by Wuwhwjw on 2019/04/23 10:55
Custom weather notifications is an amazing feature and I wish i could do more with it (Ex. Never rises above/falls below, Stays above/below all day, and the ability to combine them such as wind and rain above 30 -> no umbrella) Also sometimes the app crashes when I click on map, otherwise a great app!
My go-to
by Joemoose on 2019/04/22 20:21
I admit it: I'm a weather app junkie. I've tried probably any and all that are available, free or paid, and I'll always install and try out every shiny new weather gizmo that graces the app store. I'm a bit fickle perhaps, and a sucker for a charming UI. But regardless, after the novelty has worn off these latest and greatest apps, I always end up back with Dark Sky. Dark Sky doesn't seem to mind these occasional dalliances and remains ever present and ready to resume its lauded position on my homescreen. Needless to say, highly recommended. Dark Sky just seems to do it right.
Used to be good.
by PFausti on 2019/04/22 20:05
When I first got this app some years ago it was amazing. It provided up to the minute weather. Something has changed. Today is a good example. It has been raining off and on all day and Dark Sky says the precipitation is zero. That is a constant problem now. It is totally unreliable.
Used to be great
by Hezmana on 2019/04/22 17:52
Dark Sky used to be my go to weather app, but as they add to or changed the interface and app, the problems have increased. I get alerts about weather that is not in my area, snow in Phoenix when it’s 80 outside, recently it has begun changing my location to one of it’s interesting storms in it’s list, which requires me to manually change it back. I hope at some point this app goes back to what it used to do best, hyper local weather.
First to worst. Not worth it
by JonPaul2 on 2019/04/22 12:30
It’s currently raining, your app is the only one saying otherwise. Dark sky was so good in 2013 that I even wrote a paper on it. The app as it exists now is a poor representation of a once mighty app. HelloWeather and even native iOS weather app is more accurate.
Dark sky
by Poppadukez on 2019/04/22 09:04
This is the dumbest app I ever seen as far as weather is concern, why this this app showing you a 95% of rain and when you hit the day there’s no rain in the forecast, it’s ashamed and I paid for this app, if you ask me it’s garbage, it’s not accurate at all , waste of money, I took my bike out for a ride no rain according to the app half hour later it’s poring for the rest of the day, thanx dark sky.
Rlly good
by llololololololllllololol on 2019/04/21 18:15
The only complaint I have is that I wish the widget on the home screen would be able to show you the weather for the next few hours, instead of having to open the app for that. The weather for the rest of the week is usually pretty useless for me in the morning, so I wish there was an option to switch that around.
Disappointed
by Max2824 on 2019/04/21 14:35
Very disappointed. Does not update not very accurate
Siri Apple Watch Face Complications
by Bidusjskdyb on 2019/04/21 03:05
Please add Siri watch face complications like the native weather app
Golden App from the Start!
by Undfeatable on 2019/04/20 17:58
I’ve been using Dark Sky since June of 2015. Since that date, it’s been my #1 favorite weather app. It’s major draw is accuracy. I’ve been looking extensively between Dark Sky and another popular radar app and the data offered on dark sky was vastly superior. With a storm front about to hit, the rival app displayed rainfall while Dark Sky displayed it a few miles away yet. Because Dark Sky has these hyperlocal data points from using phones barometer and sharing it with other users, they are showing details that reflect actual weather events much better. Whereas the traditional radar is interpreting clouds from a distance, Dark Sky pops in and helps to give the storm model more 3D details, which offers even better predictions. It’s grown a lot over the years and become much more user friendly and less buggy. However there is one issue that has persisted from the beginning. “Playing” the radar loads slowly and doesn’t always update properly. A lot of the time, I need to reset the view by zooming in and out. I know it’s a lot of info to load, but I’d like to see some status on what’s been loaded and ready for viewing. Keep up the great work! Best weather app!
Highly inaccurate with forecasts
by Nickanameweather27 on 2019/04/20 17:26
I feel like I could just guess and be right as often as this piece of junk. There has to be a better choice somewhere
Best Weather App
by BP - PGH on 2019/04/20 13:06
This app is great. Far better than the ones that come preloaded on phones. The forecasts tend to be more accurate, and accurate sooner than others. The various features allow for confident outdoor planning. Easy to navigate. Easy to understand. Definitely a go-to app.
Buyer Remorse
by Itstylerb on 2019/04/20 11:01
Seemed cool at first with all the features. I really wanted to like this app, especially since I paid for it. But it’s been consistently unpredictable. I’ve been stuck in the rain at least 5 times the last few months because this stupid app said it wasn’t going to rain. It misses a lot!! I back using the default iPhone weather app now cause it’s more accurate A LOT more of the time. This app is nothing more than a nice appearance that seems smarter than it is.
Clunky
by 晴天向上 on 2019/04/20 01:08
Cant fit much info on one screen, have to tap and scroll around a lot just to get a basic report
Animated Map is Awful
by YourNameHereX_________ on 2019/04/20 00:13
All in all the app is good. The animated map loads in sections and take minutes to finally becomes truly smooth. Pisses me off every time I really need the interactive map.
Don’t buy !
by Champ?!$ on 2019/04/19 22:52
Disappointed , I paid for this app because of reviews but it doesn’t load often even with a good signal. I don’t usually leave reviews but I’m so dissatisfied I thought I should. The radar is not very good
Fine weather app but incons with notifications
by Ninjustin23 on 2019/04/19 17:17
This is a good wea app but I purchased it for weather notifications otherwise I'd have just stuck with the default app. Not getting alerts for servere weather is a huge problem. The app knew I was under a tornado warning when I opened it why did I have to be alerted by a co-worker?
Pretty, but inaccurate
by robsalzz on 2019/04/19 14:50
The alerts when it’s about to rain are nice, but they come 10 minutes before it does. The forecast more than 4 hours out is, unfortunately, incredibly inaccurate, so you can’t use this app to plan your day. I’m convinced the only reason people like it is because there aren’t ads and it’s pretty. That’s about it.
Terrible Map
by iLeonidas51 on 2019/04/18 17:15
Using radar is impossible. No labels on roads or highways, small towns that are pretty much non-existent show up first and you have to zoom in to see the names of ones that are actually populated. Also names of cities/towns only appear on specific zoom that is individual to each one. As you zoom in and out different ones show up and different ones disappear, makes it impossible to track any kind of weather outside of your current location.
Less reliable than any other weather app I’ve ever used.
by W. S. S. S. on 2019/04/18 16:58
Garbage. Got caught in rain more times than I could count. Do not buy.
Great App
by Myrkur007 on 2019/04/18 14:29
Love the way the app looks on my new iPhone XS Max after having the 7 Plus this new scene really shows the app quite well.
Waste of money
by Stephanies1688 on 2019/04/18 01:48
It has some neat features but it's not as good as free apps out there. Wish I didn't waste my money.
So glad I pulled the trigger and bought this app
by Coosaw2004 on 2019/04/17 00:49
I have wanted a simple weather app that not only is easy to read but actually loads quickly every time. I’ve used this app for a couple days and I’m impressed with how it looks and works. Easy to interpret the forecast that day, but also easy access to more detailed hourly info if that’s what you need. I also like that the extra info such as humidity, sunset and other stuff is a simple tap on the temp. The entire main screen doesn’t have to be filled with every piece of weather data available. Most of us don’t need to know the barometric pressure every day, but it’s lurking nearby if we do. Good job folks. For the rest of us, this is well worth the money. Truly a “you get what you pay for” situation.
Thunderstorm
by Chirleski on 2019/04/16 11:46
Please incorporate this word into your forecasts.
Overall Great but does need refinement
by Readenourdustin on 2019/04/16 05:04
The overall idea of predicting the weather and being accurate is great! Two issues: 1) emergency weather alerts do not work even though enabled. 2) Don’t give me the time machine feature if you’re just going to give me today’s forecast for the next 10 coming years then 0 for the rest of eternity. I think common sense tells us none of this is right but still don’t bother.
Good looking. Unreliable
by itikn on 2019/04/16 00:55
This is a well designed app with some pretty good features. Unfortunately the forecasts have been off. Today, for example, it forecasted a high of 64 degrees and it was off by 10 degrees leaving me way underdressed. This isn’t the first time either, unfortunately.
Good, but weather updates are spotty
by Bobthesuper on 2019/04/15 15:08
I downloaded this app after I read a review I read that praised the Apple Watch part of the app. The info displayed on my watch has good information but the temperature doesn’t update very often. Sometimes I have to open the app on my phone then also open it on my watch to force an update. I contacted the developer, no response. Maybe the paid version is better, but maybe not. I’m not going to spend money on an app that doesn’t work properly. Especially with no customer service!
Used to be exact to the minute. Now can’t get it right
by Shades1773 on 2019/04/15 11:15
I used to love this app. It could get weather right down to the minute. However, recently it cannot even predict the weather right for the day. It will be raining and the app says that it is just “overcast”. Not sure what has happened, but ever since the new look, the app has sacrificed looks for quality
Love it
by Jmh3434 on 2019/04/15 05:27
This app is amazing
Can't look even two weeks into the future?
by Kunwar Kochar on 2019/04/14 00:52
What's the point of this if it doesn't show me data even two weeks out. What a waste of money!!!!
Worst radar
by Rpreston513 on 2019/04/13 15:08
I never pay for apps but I had a $5 gift card and decided to try the editors choice for a weather app. I hate it. The user interface is well designed but the hyper local forecast is a joke. Just a gimmick as far as I'm concerned. The radar is literally the worst I've ever used. The map provides no detail and the colors look like oily fingerprints on glass. I am so disappointed.
Not as good as website
by Cabennetti on 2019/04/12 15:05
Since this app cost money and getting on the website is free, I expected yo get the same information. No wind information at all. Would line to know speed and direction. Missing all the details! Please fix.
Recent release doesn’t work on Series 3 Watch
by Buggy as hell on 2019/04/12 12:38
Update 3: app started working again and worked fairly well for a solid 3 months. I updated my watch software again today, and now we’re back to dashes on the complication. Dev team can’t keep up with all Apple releases. Be prepared for some frustration if you’re using it with your Apple Watch. Will be taking it off my watch again until I see another update available. Update 2: still no update for this. Have removed it from my watch. I’ll keep checking back for another couple weeks or so, but will request an iTunes/App Store refund after that. ————- Update: hoped today’s update would fix the issue, but nope. Complication on Watch still shows dashes, and clicking to launch the app shows only a blank screen instead of New York City weather. Going in the wrong direction here. ———— I bought this app a couple of weeks ago while looking for a better weather app to show on my Apple Watch face that included sunset times, as I’m frequently trying to get in a late run before dark. I was swayed by reviews and various articles. It seemed to be working well for me - especially liked the “rain starting/ending soon” alerts that were spot on accurate - but with the latest update the app simply doesn’t work anymore on my series 3 watch. And as a watch face complication the only thing that displays are the words Dark Sky and a bunch of dashes. If you click to fully open the app you can only see New York City weather info on your watch. This is even though I’ve re-confirmed that my default cities through the Dark Sky iPhone app are set and correct. The only thing that changed from one day to the next was the app update. I submitted a ticket a couple of days ago but have had no response. If it worked, I’d give it 5 stars.
Wrong location always!
by Mtk6 on 2019/04/12 07:26
Hey dark sky, I only gave a 1-star so you would see this. I really love the app, it’s the best weather forecast out there. For a couple months now though, I get weather notifications stating I’m at a location that I am not. They are areas I frequent, but they are at least 15 miles away. Went I tap the notification, it finds my correct location, but why does the notification always think I can somewhere else? Thanks!
Good design. Not accurate.
by Jimmmmmmmm9876 on 2019/04/12 00:00
It never used to be this sporadic, but recently it’s all over the place. For example, dark sky is currently saying it’s 53 outside. 3 other sources (NWS, iOS weather, and local weather station) report 45.
Map is no longer spherical!! The GLOBE IOW!
by Adeptone on 2019/04/11 14:07
Fix the GD APP! Map view used to be separate from our “local view”. The map used to be the globe! Fix it!! This is on iPhone...if UR gonna update stop breaking it. Or was this intentional?? Why would you have 2 identical views?? U wouldn’t. Would U??
Sorry APP
by Dias groundhog on 2019/04/11 14:02
I don’t know why this would be, better on an android app the cost is $2.99 a year and on the Apple app it is $3.99, does not specify for how long and there are less features on Apple for more money. This I do not understand, to put it bluntly is sounds like Apple is taking advantage by by offering less for more money. I cannot and will not recommend this app for Apple users.
Radar is horrible
by Java ☕️ on 2019/04/11 12:44
The radar function in maps view never loads correctly. At best you get a partial view of the radar.
Weather rock would be more accurate (SEE 💥WARNING💥)
by Zach091 on 2019/04/11 12:43
Since the large update the accuracy of the app has plummeted. Putting a stone outside and watching it for changes would be much more accurate (I.e. stone is wet, it is raining.) The weather app that comes default with the iPhone is MUCH more accurate and is FREE. Used to recommend this app to everyone but now I’m embarrassed I talked people into the $4 purchase. Have missed work multiple times because dark skies predicted 6-10 inches of snow (when no other stations predicted snow) only for no snow to fall. 💥WARNING💥 As mentioned in other reviews, “anonymous screen share” is on by default. Feel like it’s pretty wrong to spy on people’s screens without their consent.
Used to be great
by kmp2291 on 2019/04/10 17:20
The accuracy of this app is terrible. I wish I could get my money back. It used to tell you when it would start raining as soon as it started and now it’s completely off all the time. It’s so unreliable.
Waste of money...
by Cainusrising on 2019/04/10 12:19
I bought this app because of the high ratings and everyone saying how accurate it was. I live in Asheville and it is seemingly very hard to forecast the weather for. I have downloaded 7 or 8 free apps for weather, but this one I bought because of its reputation and the fact that I couldn’t find a trial version. This was a mistake. This app is never correct to what my weather is currently doing or what it is going to do. In fact, it is usually off more than all the other apps. It is usually off by 5 degrees, and if it is currently raining it says it’s partly sunny. Lol. Honestly, it’s a little comical at how wrong it is on a constant basis. I have started showing how wrong it is to my friends when I am out and we have laughed so hard that one labeled the app “Dark Lie” due to its inaccuracy. It would be more hilarious if I hadn’t spent $ on it. Also, I was able to add a few cities to it as I travel often, but now it seems I cannot. Not sure what happened. I am deleting the app after this. I downloaded the free Weather Channel app and in the last 3 months I have noticed it is WAY more accurate than Dark Lie.
Good, but not as good as advertised
by Rust96 on 2019/04/09 19:48
This app has some excellent attributes but unfortunately the app is not nearly as accurate as advertised. The app intends to provide “up to the minute” guidance on weather conditions in your location and unfortunately it is not that accurate. I’ve found a much more accurate “up to the minute” weather trick - just look outside. I’ve been humored many times while I hold the app open in my hand with it saying cloudy, rain starting in 5 minutes while rain drops are falling on my head. With that being said, there are some valuable features. It’s just that the app reaches too far with its claims. If they would stop advertising such superb accuracy, I would probably give it five stars. But if you are going to talk-the-talk, you’ve got to be able to walk-the-walk.
Was really hopeful
by notsingingintherain on 2019/04/09 10:08
I usually don’t rate or review anything, but it was such a waste of money. It has been horribly incorrect about the weather and I have been caught on four occasions soaked in the rain when it said it wasn’t going to rain. Even checked the time machine to check back on those days and it still said it didn’t rain. I don’t spend money on apps but went on a recommendation from someone I value. I did my fair share of hyping it up and getting other people to purchase it, but now I’m sorely regretting that. Would be worth all the money if it worked but sadly I don’t even know what I can give it a good rating about for the money spent. Sad, rainy day.
The Best
by oceanicharbor on 2019/04/09 04:13
This is hands-down one of the best apps I have EVER bought. It is crazy accurate, and I often rely on it to walk our dogs between rain showers. If you’re looking for an accurate weather app, look no further! I HIGHLY recommend this app.
Meh
by Beldar88 on 2019/04/09 02:51
I don’t now. It seems to have as many glitches as every other weather app. Often seems to not know where I am, even though I have location enabled. It’s reasonably accurate, but the interface is not that intuitive. Weather Underground has a much more intuitive interface—where you can just glance at it and see five days worth of weather, with the most important information immediately available. I still feel the need to keep about three weather apps on my phone.
Used to be great, but no longer
by Bzzstfu on 2019/04/08 20:41
This was my go to for accurate “can I ride my bike?” information, and it was beautiful. Now it’s just a bloated weather app I can’t figure out.
So Innaccurate...
by naicnepenthe on 2019/04/08 17:15
So I’m sitting looking out the window at the rain falling, falling pretty much nonstop for 12 hours now. Dark Sky says it’s not raining at all. No indication of pending, current or former rain. This is not the first time.
Great app; must always share location for watch complication to work
by CJL12891289 on 2019/04/08 10:55
I really love this app on the iPhone and love the Apple Watch complication; but know that in order to open the app to a screen other than “location unavailable” you have to allow the app to always use your location, not just when the app is open. For the Apple Watch complication to work, you not only have to always allow location sharing, but you have to have at least one push notification turned on. While the cofounder has been very honest about privacy practices and how Dark Sky uses your data, it would be nice if the app could work without one needing to always share one’s location. It’d be nice if the complication worked without needing to have push notifications turned on.
Odd Reports
by Atlanta John on 2019/04/07 23:31
Under ‘Next 7 Days’ app keeps showing 100% chance of rain for the day it is, even when it is clear and sunny. Today (Sunday) it’s high 70 degrees and beautiful. App says 100% chance of rain for Sunday (today). It’s bizarre!
Not worth it, less accurate than iPhone Weather.
by JasonDAustin on 2019/04/07 22:53
This app did not work well at all for Austin, TX.
Never right
by Mclong11111 on 2019/04/07 16:25
This app is no good. It’s consistently 10 degrees off, it says 0-2% chance of rain while it’s raining and the layout and design aren’t very good. The icons don’t represent what’s actually happening and it’s just not for me. Thank you.
Non-traditional radar isn’t helpful
by -Glen- on 2019/04/07 14:54
While I like the look of the app and its design, the reason I’m only rating it three stars is due to the radar. The radar uses non-traditional colors that aren’t helpful. Living in an area that drops below freezing during winter it’d be more useful to see the radar colors that indicate a difference between rain, sleet/freezing rain, and snow. The current implementation of colors only shows intensity which interestingly follows the traditional color scheme of sleet and snow year round. If this is changed in the future then I’d rate it at five stars.
Still my go to weather app!
by Traveling Ken on 2019/04/06 13:42
The weather forecast I actually count on. Is it always accurate? It’s a “forecast" not a “promise”. I have one feature request though - I’d like the data option I select in the Next 24 Hours to be “sticky” for the days in the Next 7 Days section. Perhaps a preference choice to also accommodate those who like it as is.
BE AWARE
by Carlcal9 on 2019/04/06 12:14
“Anonymous screen view and event stats” is enabled by default. If you pay for this app, just be mindful of that setting. Kind of a shady thing to do, especially to people that are buying your app.
⚠️don’t believe the hype ⚠️
by ThatBabyAintMine on 2019/04/06 01:29
I swear people are so gullible these days. I tried both of them side by side for a week straight and dark Sky is no more accurate than Apple’s weather app. If you’re considering purchasing Dark Sky for the sole purpose of better weather predictions, then save your money and stick to the standard weather app.
Suggestions for improvement
by Darthvader9 on 2019/04/05 12:48
1.The data is great...the new interface is actually a downgrade from the old one. You get used to it after a while though. Kindly fast track a new interface redesign.(please don’t try to cram too much information into one screen which is what the new interface does!) 2.Inability to permanently save a location. Every time I save a location(search and drag a location to the “saved locations”...it is lost after I close the app and the new locations are lost) Thank you for fixing the #2 above. Please provide us the ability to choose different themes . The new one has too much information crammed into a single screen.
Doesn’t work properly since the big update
by ry.sp.wil on 2019/04/05 12:05
New info: Every time I open the app now I have to close it and restart it to get the most recent weather data. It always shows me whatever the data was the last time I had it open and no amount of refreshing will fix it. Older info: As a designer who works in charts and graphs all day, the new graphs don’t make any sense. The previous graphs were what drew me to Dark Sky originally. The new graph has a pointless array of unlabeled floating dots that make no sense without reading the entire chart. Before, I could find the current hour, read the chance of precipitation, and move on. Now I have to scroll around the bottom with tiny buttons and read floating bubbles. Change it back to the old format or you’ve lost a loyal advocate for your app.
Ugliest radar colors of any app
by iClet on 2019/04/05 00:15
Their attempt to use unique colors for the various weather conditions is irritating not to mention the fact that the colors are just flat out ugly
I used it for 5 years. And now?
by DJ-DIGIT on 2019/04/04 17:10
Now the data doesn’t update right away when you open the app. It’s always a few hours behind. The watch app is worse, usually taking forever to show relevant info. Sometimes I see it says it’s 32 when it’s 50. Then a minute later it refreshes to 50. Really? What happen? 6 months ago this app was lean. Fast. Mean and accurate. Now I’m seeing it say it’s drizzling when it’s not. And raining when it’s not? It seems the new devs have gave up. Why? Just keep improving. Allow us to see more data points with a swipe than a tap. Or in a single view. Like temps plus wind. Come on. Don’t give up.
Basically always off by 10-20 degrees
by lkUGfjutwefjg on 2019/04/04 03:11
I’m so sick of this app not even coming close on weather predictions in Washington DC. Most of the time, the future weather prediction is not even close, and when I check again after a few hours, the temperature will jump closer to what it actually is at the time. THE WEATHER APP MY PHONE COMES WITH IS MORE ACCURATE AND ITS FREE. If you live in Washington DC or the surrounding regions (Maryland, Virginia, etc..), DO NOT BUY THIS APP.
Inaccurate
by Kppi. on 2019/04/04 00:37
Used to be extremely accurate for knowing exactly when it was going to rain but hasn’t been accurate at all for the past year or so. The app rarely knows when it’s raining. As I’m writing this it still has no idea that it’s raining right now in my current location. More often than not I’m telling the app the weather instead of the other way around. Was once my favorite weather app but everything about the current version is terrible.
No Satellite or Hybrid Map Option?
by Good Reads - Great App on 2019/04/03 17:14
On a paid weather app? Really? The standard map view is ancient looking and difficult to read. What a waste of money.
Not globally available
by --Skybird-- on 2019/04/03 07:32
Dark Sky will only work in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. If you are frequently traveling to other places you're out of luck.
What has happened to this app?
by BushwickRedDevil on 2019/04/02 15:07
It used to be completely on point with predicting precipitation and temp, now not even close. Deleting
Where’s the weatherman?
by ShariJung on 2019/04/02 10:36
I bought this because I didn’t want ads and I wanted an accurate forecast. It was an Apple pick. Then why can’t it tell the weather accurately? Temperatures are often 5-10 degrees different than actual temps. Every 2 hours doesn’t tell me much, just that odd hours mean nothing. It says 60% chance of rain, but when I look to the hour to even hour it shows me no rain. Moved on to another app. Don’t waste you money on this one. It’s not worth it.
Great, but needs <2 hour intervals
by WillJ22213 on 2019/04/02 10:02
This is the first weather app I've ever paid for, and I really love it. It's got tons of information that other weather apps don't have (wind speed AND gust speed; useful for bicyclists like me), and is more accurate than Wunderground. The only thing it needs is the ability to see forecasts at finer intervals than 2 hours. If it says rain on the 8am line, and the 10am line says clear, does that mean it will rain from 8am-10am? Or will it stop before 9am? Who knows? That really matters because it'll tell me whether I need a rain coat (or can bike) when I leave at 8:30, or not.
This app is all wet...or I am.
by cletts on 2019/04/02 00:15
Since paying and downloading this app, I’ve been caught in the rain a half dozen times. Absolutely useless!
Susie Echols
by Susieiqz on 2019/04/01 21:44
I paid 3.99 for this app and it shows up completely off of the temp of three other weather apps. Even forecast of weather is different from other apps. What is wrong? Waste of my money
Does not load automatically
by Uconn1983 on 2019/04/01 16:22
Always have to like try again when opening
Great app
by MB500AMG on 2019/04/01 01:34
Please, add this things in the next update to make the awesome app - the BEST : 1. Widget dark mode 2. Widget hour-by-hour forecast next few hours 3. Feels like temperature on icon option Thank you !
Used to be excellent. Now hardly ever accurate. What changed?
by brettma on 2019/03/31 03:38
Used to be my go to weather app. Now hardly ever accurate. What changed? Very disappointed.
Ok if it was free
by Bubba-007 on 2019/03/31 03:25
I can’t in good conscience recommend paying for this app and question why I did. I don’t find it any more accurate than other free apps, maybe even less. I just finished walking my dog on a starry night and got an alert “downpour ending soon.” The colors are weird, the information is minimalist. It kinda takes away the users ability to make their own judgement on the forecast. Storm and My Radar are my giro apps.
Worst Radar
by Slarvey on 2019/03/31 00:23
Terrible radar. It barely loads and information is never. Notify developer and told to pound salt.
Non-intuitive and clunky
by YoJoMaMa on 2019/03/30 21:40
I’ve used lots of weather apps. This is the worst. I feel like a sucker for paying for it. It takes days to figure out how to save favorites, is incredibly slow to load, and the interface is simply too hard to read. Add all that to that the fact that the forecasts are inaccurate and you’ve pretty much got garbage.
Getting better
by msbav8r53 on 2019/03/30 18:17
Used to be a five-star app and unbelievably accurate up until about 6 months ago. Then, after a string of poor updates, it was terrible. So much so that I gave it two stars. Possibility of light rain? Really?! It's a torrential downpour! Well, anyway, I think they've fixed some things and the accuracy seems to be improving.
Not even worth it
by Musiklover3000 on 2019/03/30 15:14
Why is it that when I open the app the weather isn’t even updated? I have to keep refreshing the page. And I have the location set to always on, so I thought the weather would be up to date as soon as I open it. The regular weather app that comes on my phone doesn’t give me that problem. I will be deleting this app; when you open a weather app you shouldn’t have to keep refreshing. (One time I forgot to refresh and thought that the weather from hours ago was the weather.) When I open an app there shouldn’t be no extra steps. It should just be there...
Had high hopes for this
by jordynf18 on 2019/03/29 13:35
I really wanted to love this app because it has some amazing features. However, it just isn’t accurate. Like today for example, says 60% chance of rain basically all day from 10am to 5pm on my regular weather app and this app says it’s going to be clear.. and It’s already starting to rain but this app doesn’t say it is. I would seriously love this app if the accuracy was there.
What a horrible app
by KrisKraus on 2019/03/29 06:03
This app literally tells you the opposite of the weather above you.
Went from awesome to awful real quick
by TheKis3r on 2019/03/28 19:10
I used to love this app, had it on Android and was one of the first apps I bought the day I got my iPhone. It used to have great weather details but as of late the data is garbage. The hourly forecast that day will be different from the hourly forecast it shows in the 7 days spread for the same day in the app, it usually doesn't update in the background anymore or when I open the app; have to manually refresh it, and even the data on their website is at odds with what I'm seeing in the app (data on the website is good while it's somehow different and wrong in the app). Does this app use a different API? You'd think it'd be the exact same. The iPhone version also doesn't allow you to tap their bi-hourly forecast to get a true hourly forecast like it does on Android which is also very annoying. The notifications you can create are also limited compared to Android. I liked being able to notify myself the day before it's supposed to snow at all (snow accumulation > 0 inch) so I could grab my work computer but now I can only notify if it's an inch or more on the iPhone app. My car doesn't get around in snow period so having a notification of an inch or more does me no good. The only thing this has going for it is there's not a subscription model. Aside from that I can't recommend this app.
Not great at all
by marlin39a on 2019/03/28 15:45
It used to show my exact location, but now only shows my town. It’s never even close to accurate. Temperatures are often off by 10 degrees. I’m sorry I made the purchase, as it isn’t worth it.
Love this app
by seanmack67 on 2019/03/28 02:13
I have dogs and I like to avoid the rain. This app alerts me when the rain starts but also tells me when the rain will start. I really enjoy this app
Watch Complication
by Oliver1222 on 2019/03/27 07:54
Could you please add an option to swap the positions of high and low temps in the complication? High temp displayed on the left looks a bit odd.
The best weather app I’ve used
by Hsreviewer on 2019/03/27 06:50
I am extremely selective about which apps I install and even more selective about writing review- the fact that I’m writing this review is proof that this app is great! I worry about the business model - I would happily pay $2/month for an ongoing subscription for this app. Great work from Dark sky folks!
What happened to the UI?
by mmmarinaaaaaa12345 on 2019/03/26 19:12
I’ve used Dark Sky for at least 3 years now. I just got the newest update and like a bunch of people have already said, the beautiful interface has completely changed. I am looking forward to trying out some of the new functionality, but am I curious - at least in the case of the UI - why fix what wasn’t broken?
Not Accurate; Excessive Location Services
by Jolly Roger 1 on 2019/03/26 15:51
Based on all of the positive reviews here, I Purchased this app. It was a mistake. The weather is hardly ever accurate and, in order to receive weather alerts, you have to allow the app to use location services “always.“ All of the other weather apps I have used “and they are many“ have only required to use location services “while using the app.“ My go to weather app continues to be “Weather Mate.“
Pretty bad on a watch
by TeeJHooker on 2019/03/26 14:32
I got duped on this one. For the phone it’s ok, but if you’re trying to use the watch app it only works about 50% of the time. If you want to use it on your watch I suggest looking elsewhere.
Terrible UI
by MaybeMilo on 2019/03/24 07:57
The “string of beads” display for temperature, precipitation chances, etc., readings is terrible: where once it was possible to take everything in at a glance, one now has to find the correct time then read across to obtain the measure. A huge step backwards from the original UI. There are other issues, but that’s the most prominent for me. I paid for the premium version before the downgrade, and would be demanding a refund if it had cost me more than a few bucks. I now rarely use this app, but do check it after updates (hoping for a reversion) and sometimes compare its readings with AccuWeather’s, which is now my primary weather application.
Almost 5 stars, missing an important feature
by AlteredBeast86 on 2019/03/23 16:21
Great app, I just wish it had pollen information for us allergy sufferers.
Excellent WatchOS integration
by markremi on 2019/03/23 10:29
I would like to see the “feels like” temp on the watch face instead of the actual temp. On my watch, I really don’t care what the actual temperature is outside, I’m more concerned about “feels like” temp for my outside activities.
Not worth paying
by B_Ross17 on 2019/03/21 17:54
This app has been wrong by the hour so many times for me already that it’s clear the accuracy just isn’t there. I’m writing this after I was told light rain for 2-3 more hours in my exact location only to be hit with a downpour the moment I stepped outside. Weather science just isn’t there yet so this app will give you a false sense of precision.
Not all that accurate
by FrkP on 2019/03/21 17:17
After using this app for a few months in different parts of US, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is 5 stars on graphics and 2 or 3 in accuracy in the short range hourly forecasts. Too many false flags regarding precipitation.
Inaccurate temperature
by chollamiki on 2019/03/21 15:45
I paid for this app because I thought that it would be reliable. But I find that it says it’s cloudy when it’s clear and the temperature is consistently off 5° to 7°. My local weather does a much better job even though it’s not exactly suited to my location.
Keep recommending this to my friends and family, thought I should write a review
by AMSisme on 2018/08/01 11:15
There are very few apps that I actually feel improve my life and I have such high quality and thoughtfulness that I actively recommend them to people. Dark Sky is one of those. In addition to as much accuracy as you can get, it provides hourly predictions, ‘feels like’ options for things like windchill, and one particular feature which actually might have saved my health once or twice: UV Index. I had never even heard of that before but I get sunstroke allllll the time and that feature is fabulous. The hourly precipitation prediction is both attractive and insanely useful in places like New York, allowing you to time a mad dash during a lull in the storm. This app has features that no other application for tracking the weather has: it’s in my top five apps that I use and I use it every day. It works just as accurately in every country that I go to and every state that I go to, all with different types of weather challenges. I just love it. Please keep up the good work, its truly a rare product of worth and quality, like lace, or a pocket watch. Weird analogies but hopefully they get the point across: this app shows craftsmanship, not commercialism.
Not as good as I hoped it would be
by jerryadelore on 2018/06/21 01:08
My favorite app for weather was suddenly not supported any longer. Opening it showed no data. So, I searched for a new one. Dark Sky is not intuitive and the opening page shows me the temperature and if it’s rising or falling. I sort of knew that before I opened the app. It then shows what the conditions will be for the next 16 hours. It also indicates what the sky will look like and in percentages. That’s good. At the bottom of the page there are switches giving you the choice of humidity, UV index, temperature, and wind speed, but it took a few times before I realized that you must scroll down to get the switches. Then, although it doesn’t tell me, you can sweep to the left or right to get more information. To the right, it give you the high and low for the next seven days. Again, okay, but just the temperature. I want see frontal systems, lows and highs. Having been an aviator, weather is important to me. I can’t do anything about it, but I like to be prepared. That left swipe gives me a monochromatic map of the western US. With only light blue blotches. Zooming in on my home, I get somewhat vague images of what appear to be rain - no clouds that I can determine. It’s an okay app, but I find when I pay for a app that is not as good as a free one, I’m irritated. $4.00 isn’t much since there are no ads, but here in the West I want to see where my mountains and deserts are if I am planning a trip to cross the Cascade in the winter.
False Sense of Information, Looks Nice
by Surfandjet on 2017/05/11 15:31
The user interface, cleanliness, and especially being ad free is excellent. The smoothest best looking weather app I've ever used. The information it provides falls short of what it strives for/promises. This app consistently contradicts itself, and changes its forecast on the regular. For instance right now the forecast is light rain (100%) for the next 8 hours, however the hourly graph shows medium to heavy rain now and for at least the next hour, the current weather description says rain, and the map is showing red/orange covering my location and a huge surrounding area. All different. Another example: I've planned my day looking at the forecast that morning, chose to take the motorcycle bc it is supposed to be partly cloudy all day, and then got caught in the rain, to find a totally different forecast for the day an hour later. And this has happened A LOT. To summarize, the different features on the app contradict each other and the website very frequently, and the forecast isn't worth anything because they change it as the weather changes rather than accurately predicting it. Dark sky, stop giving me all this detailed weather forecasting down to the minute as a false sense of knowledge. I had high hopes for this app and over the past few months they have been crushed. I am giving one star because a weather app's aesthetics mean nothing if the forecast is usually wrong and/or misleading.
Good no more
by Commdoor on 2018/10/11 14:00
I liked this app when I first bought it. Then they changed literally everything, taking away all the reasons I bought it in the first place. They gave it a whole new look which is OK once you get used to it. But they are not receptive to ANY suggestions to make the app work for others. They are focused strictly and totally on temperature. I live in Florida where the temperature is always hot. I don’t need anyone to tell me it’s hot out today and it is going to remain hot… I already know that. I’m concerned about rain. The problem is when you change the selection to precipitation, you must do that on literally every screen you go through. If you want to check the days below, you have to change precipitation one day at a time on each & every day. If you scroll to a different city, you have to change precipitation on each and every area you want to look at. I suggested an update where you can choose precipitation as the default rather than default to temperature every screen, or to at least provide the option where once you choose precipitation it stays on that choice while you scroll other days and/or areas. All I ever got was a canned auto response “they forward to the developers.” Followed up two weeks later and got the exact same canned auto response. There is no customer service and they do not listen to any input once thy have your money.
Great for weather, awful on the eyes.
by Bklyn008 on 2018/09/17 23:31
I’ve been using Dark Sky for quite a while and have depended on its accuracy and reliability when I want to know what it’s like outside. But with the last big update, I now find that checking the weather with this app is totally unpleasant. The microscopic fonts, weird little balls with tiny numbers in them that I assume are supposed to indicate data by their position on a horizontal line is not not only esthetically displeasing, it takes more time to figure out what’s going on and what I’m looking for. I don’t want to spend more than a minute to quickly see what the temperature is and if it’s going to rain or now and when. But the visuals are so cumbersome that I find myself getting annoyed every time I open it. Don’t they have any graphic designers that could help with this? I tried downloading various other weather apps and even used the Apple weather app for a while because it’s easy to read. But I admit I trust Dark Sky’s accuracy more than anyone else’s. If they could find someone to redesign it, get rid of those silly black bubbles and wasted white space and make it easy on the eyes I would give it five stars for sure. Fingers crossed someone is listening...
feature request + update feedback
by EmiryB on 2018/09/22 20:58
the main thing that has held me back all these years from making Dark Sky, an otherwise wonderful app, my default weather app, has been the lack of barometric pressure info. I suffer from regular migraines and this is a critical part of weather forecasting for me and many others. please consider adding? that having been said, the “otherwise wonderful” judgment is also based on the old Dark Sky app. this new one claims to have more info and to be easier to use, but I’ve found it to be a dramatically worse in terms of UI/UX. I’ve held off on reviewing until now because I wanted to be fair and make sure it wasn’t just a knee-jerk reaction to change on my part. but no — weeks later and I still have to spend way too much time processing the information presented to me every single time I open the app, whereas before it was intuitive at a glance. again, I very happily paid for this app and have been using it for years without complaint, and would prefer to remain loyal. but right now I’m mostly sticking with it because my other currently-installed options are even worse. that’s not exactly a rousing recommendation. would love it if you’d reconsider, or at least have multiple UI options available to your users.
Promising and gradually improving
by 85ZingoGTR on 2019/03/03 04:57
I decided to try out the app after reading many positive reviews and raves it has received and seeing their API used on Bim360, several NYCLink posts, and a building management system at one of my job sites, telling me its becoming very popular. After trying it out for about a week, I have to say its a very interesting app and a very unique one. The visuals are engaging and the best thing of all is how actively supported and improved it is by its developers (as opposed to Weather Underground which seems to have been abandoned). The only complaint I have about this app is I would like to see icons (or Skycons as you like to call it) for other common weather conditions like thunderstorms and hail. The only icons I see is different degrees of cloudiness, rain, or snow. I believe the accuracy can use some work too. Though the location pinpoint is very good. I think its a promising app though I use it to compliment my TWC and AccuWeather apps as these two are better at giving details and minor alerts like small craft advisories and gale warnings. But Dark Sky makes a nice precipitation notifier which helps alot when I am working on the roof.
Awesome App!!!
by zcoqui on 2017/10/31 08:44
My subject line pretty much covers it. I live in Georgia. Weather here can be anything from the most beautiful sunny day to an absolute nightmare. Weather forecasting has improved by leaps. However, even with the National Weather Service located here they can be sometimes challenged by the timing of these atmospheric changes. Not so with Dark Sky. The precision of the global radar map, which can be almost zoomed in on to my neighborhood and local surrounding area, is by far one of the greatest tools available to assist and help us prepare for any inevitability Mother Nature may have in store for us. From being able to determine my work route, plan and protect my garden to advance preparation for the possibility of tornados, thunderstorms, hurricanes...Well, I am truly amazed. Recently with the catastrophic hurricanes it allowed me to know just what my family was about to experience in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. I was able to communicate with them before the fact to make the necessary arrangements for after the fact. Do yourself a great favor and get this app. You will be pleased, surprised and as grateful as I am. Many thanks and my deepest appreciation to the developers.
Thumbs down since the last major update
by SmittyWerbenmanjensen on 2018/10/03 20:17
What happened to my favorite weather app? Why make it look like every other weather app? Now I usually have to click a “try again” link to launch the app, or it simply hangs on a white screen until I relaunch the app. Edit: Now it thinks I’m always in NYC. It’s not a hardware issue, as other weather apps have no problem launching or finding my current location. Edit v2: Found out two friends also have the NYC issue. Great job. There are some cool new features, and the scroll down to see the upcoming 7 days, with the tap to expand to hourly view for any day within the week, is more fluid. But the experience of getting into the app in the first place, as well as the lame new look of the interface, has me searching for a new app. Edit: I now also feel like the accuracy of the forecast has also taken a major dive. The other day I was looking out the window at rain coming down; I opened Dark Sky to see when the rain would lessen or stop (one of my favorite features), and I was shown “no precipitation in your area”. Today, two other weather apps were giving the same forecast of a front moving in tomorrow with a tremendous temperature drop (from 83 to 59), meanwhile Dark Sky is still showing the earlier forecast of the same warm 80 degree weather for the next day. I have now deleted Dark Sky - RIP
Unfortunate layout changes
by hjw65 on 2018/09/25 15:06
The folks at dark sky touted the new single page format of the app but ignore the fact that users each have their own needs regarding what information is most important to them. The redesigned app necessitates more scrolling for me to get to the information that I am interested in. Additionally, the choice to put the hourly temperatures zigzagging horizontally in an attempt to “helpfully” mimic a bar graph is simply visually taxing. Charts graphing temperature over time conventionally put time across the bottom and temperature varying in height. The vast majority of the public expects that format. Switching the direction around and additionally scattering the actual data (temperature in degrees) by putting it at the variable end of the bar makes it infinitely more difficult to get a quick, clear, idea of the forecasted hourly temperature variations. I’d suggest putting the temperatures back on the left side of the screen, just after the hour and allowing users to customize the order of the modules on their page. These simple changes would go a long way towards easing users pain. St this point I have a hard time bringing myself to open the darksky app on my iPhone. Instead, I’ve reverted to opening darksky’s web page in safari.
Real time accuracy but who needs that?
by Beer Can Chicken on 2018/09/02 20:29
Have had this app for a long time (I actually like the redesign, btw) and it used to be really good at forecasting. Around 8-12 months ago though, the forecasting became horrible. I’m not naive, I don’t expect any weather predictor to be accurate all of the time but it’s nice to know if something like rain is POSSIBLY on the immediate horizon. I play a lot of outdoor sports and this has recently failed me so many times that I’m looking for a better option. real world example: Have softball game at 2:00, check at various times in morning...cloudy but no indication of rain, like not even a 10% chance..... 1:00, same thing. Get in car, drive to game, stop at drug store, leave drug store and it’s pouring out, look at app again and it shows rain for next 3 hours. All of a sudden!? I’m not someone that looks at 7 day forecasts because I don’t believe they’re very accurate but I feel like 1-4 hours should be when the weather is most predictable. I don’t need real time weather, I can look out the window and see the rain. I simply want to be able to know if it MIGHT rain before I get in my car and waste my time. This isn’t an anomaly either, it’s happened often enough that I’m writing a review in hopes that the developers go back to what was working best.
The best!
by asflj on 2018/08/23 01:57
Dark Sky is definitely the most accurate weather forecast app and I have tried many. The new user interface is a bit more complicated, not difficult, just a little more cumbersome. But it’s very easy and intuitive unlike many other apps. I do wish the humidity icon was closer to the temperature icon as it used to be but my complaints are very tiny and because I did like the old interface very much and haven’t gotten used to the new one yet. However it has even more information and has some added text which is nice. I have been recommending it to all of my friends for years and I rely on it totally. I supplement it with NOAA for the detailed special weather conditions like severe thunderstorm warnings for the big picture but for local weather conditions Dark Sky is much more accurate. I also appreciate that one can give feedback on the local weather conditions. It lets you know that it’s going to start raining in half an hour for example. And it is incredibly accurate about that. Whenever possible I always time my walks and errands according to this forecast. All in all a great app!!
At the end of the day not good enough
by tottenhamfan on 2019/02/23 06:57
After using this app as the primary weather app for several months, I decided to delete it. It is just not good enough. It is not accurate. Built in Weather app and Wunderground are much better. One annoying thing is that for some mysterious reason it always shows nearest radar station offline. I even emailed the developers and they dismissed it as “can happen we cannot control it”. I understand it may happen sometimes but if it is happening all the time I suspect something is buggy with the app and how it connects to the radar station. I think this is affecting the accuracy of the app. In many instances it would not show rain or very low percentage for it but it would be raining. And please for the love of it fix this probability thing - hourly rain probability being low but daily probability showing 100%. I understand the math and the reason for it but from a usability point of view it is misleading. At the end of the day app is not delivering the relevant information to the user even though math behind it is correct. If you are simply looking for weather information, I suggest use the Weather app and don’t waste your money. If you need radar information and more fine grained weather forecast, use Wunderground and save your money.
Best weather app out there
by ipanacea on 2017/08/12 01:18
Fantastic weather app and the Apple Watch support is a great bonus. This is my hands down go to weather app I check thirty times a day. Ok, a little exaggerating but you get the idea. The precipitation alerts are so amazingly accurate its like Back To The Future. It'll alert you when rain is about to start, when that rain is going to end, and has beautiful graphs indicating how hard the rain is going to be coming down during those periods. I've used tons of other weather apps and most are just sugar coated graphics that developers have pulled together to not be nerdy developers. Don't waste your money on that stuff. The only other time I reference another weather app, Wx Alert USA, is when we go out sailing and I need more info pertaining to wind speed and direction. That app is the more written description of weather. Dark Sky is far and above anything else out there. Again, the Apple Watch feature takes the cake. You see the graphs and alerts on the watch just as you would on the phone. This app should get a "best of" award from Apple it's so well done.
Demoted "feels like" temperature
by Woodelph on 2019/01/07 04:57
When I was comparing apps, what sold me on Dark Sky was the ability to set the Notification Screen Widget to display the wind chill or heat index, instead of the air temp. I just noticed that they've changed it so that now the air temp is the large easy-to-read number and the temperature that applies to humans is tiny. This is a very disappointing change. That feature was the only reason to choose Dark Sky over other high-quality weather apps, as far as I'm concerned. (I've found the hyper-local forecast to be hit or miss where I am, so have stopped relying on it.) For me, I need to know 3 things about the weather: the wind chill/heat index, if it is going to rain (snow doesn't really change what I wear), and if it is raining is there a risk of it freezing when it hits the ground. So demoting wind chill in the interface and saying it will only be reported "when space allows" is worth knocking two stars off. Otherwise, it's a fast, well-designed app with data as good as any other weather app, and an easy-to use interface, but a bit less detail than something like Weather Bug. If you don't care about the feel temp, this is probably a 5-star app.
Extremely Disappointed with New Update
by Punchbuggie on 2018/08/25 03:32
This has been one of my favorite apps for years! I tell people all the time about how useful it’s been and how much I actually enjoy using it. The accuracy and beautiful aesthetics made it stand out among countless other weather apps. Living in Florida, where it can be raining on one side of town and dry on the other, having a heads up for the always changing weather has been invaluable. My favorite parts of the app have always been the graph detailing how heavy the rain will be for the next hour or so and the notifications for “Light rain starting soon!”. All this being said, the new update is TERRIBLE. At its core, it may have the same or even improved functionality but it’s just so ugly now. The new version crams all the info onto one screen that was once distributed across multiple tabs. The clean, aesthetically pleasing design of the classic version has been replaced by a very generic, black text on white background updated version. As a long time user and enthusiastic advocate for this app, I was highly disappointed with this update. Maybe the developers can give an option for a ‘classic display’ for those of us who would rather things go back to the way they were.
Nice App, Radar Not At All What I Hoped
by Tyson Blake on 2018/05/29 05:07
I have had the app a few hours and so far I'm not crazy about my $3.99 purchase. I read reviews, looked at the photos, and the app description and decided to give it a shot as I was hoping this may be my replacement for my WU Storm app that was stopped by TWC. The overall usability of the app is nice. Easy to follow and set up. The widget is well laid out, too. My big problem is that I did not realize the radar photo preview when I was checking the app out was literally showing the only two functions this apps radar has (Precip/Temp). There are no extra layers/information to add to the map. The Precip function shows rainfall similar to that of other apps (just in different colors), but there are no map layers to show Severe Weather Advisories/Watches/Warnings, Fronts, Storm Tracks, etc. You can opt to get Severe Weather alerts/notifications for your location, but you cannot go to the map and see the Warning on the map in relation to your location. For me, living in tornado alley, that is a BIG DEAL. I'll keep using the app for a few weeks and see what I think about it, but ultimately, I think it will just become another app in my cloud.
This great app just got even greater
by ElegantScience on 2018/08/21 15:46
I have had Dark Sky since it first launched - and became dedicated to it when, in a random moment, I glanced at it while waiting at a red light to cross a street in lower Manhattan, and decided on the spur of the moment to to give it a test when it predicted a big rainstorm in 2 minutes. I stepped out of the street and under the overhang of a nearby building and in exactly 2 minutes a deluge descended on all of those without umbrellas, except me. Done. I was sold and have used it ever since. But now phase II of this great little app. They just launched a really solid and impressively designed/built update that has cured all of its initially quirky UI and other issues. And now I think I will finally trash my other weather apps (e.g., Accuweather and Weather Channel) that I have used as back ups, and which constantly need to be cross-referenced anyway against each other to get an accurate assessment of the weather anyway. Great app. Beautifully done. Excellent new version without getting rid of its soul. Get this app. It’s the best.
I can’t tell you how much I love this app!
by Joe Malzeit on 2018/08/17 04:10
Let me start off by saying that I am a weather app junkie. I am always looking for the newest and best weather app. One that tells me what’s going to happen in five minutes or five hours or five days. I find a weather app and think, “this one is great!” but inevitably I use them less and less because there’s so much information to wade through to get to the weather info I need or want and I always come back to Dark Sky. Dark Sky gives me just as much info as I need in the least complicated way possible. And the information that it gives me is inevitably right on target. Then, when I turn and say to the person next to me that is going to start raining in 10 minutes, and it does, people think I’m psychic or something. Then I show them it is this great app and then they end up buying it and on it goes. Do yourself a favor and get this app. It is fun and accurate and does what all the other apps promise and rarely deliver, which is it makes your life simpler to navigate.
Not against change but....
by dadof5terrors on 2018/10/03 13:14
So I am going to start with, I don’t hate change... except the changes made here. For the longest time I held Dark Sky up as an example of what ui/ux should feel and look like in an app. I have convinced many developer colleagues and friends to adopt using the app. Unfortunately, I no longer feel this way and cannot hold it up on the pedestal it once was on. The ui is awful and feels as if a high schooler made it. The color scheme is way to bright and honestly hard to look at. The data on the screen no longer flows in a simple and quick to find/navigate manner. I can go on and on, but not only has the ui/ux experience changed, but so too has the reliability of the app. I am frequently running into issues where data is multiple days out of sync and I am force killing the app and restarting in order to get up to date data (experienced on multiple iPhones and iOS versions). It also seems as if the map view is hit or miss at best any more, where it is to the point I no longer can rely or use it. Tldr; change is good, I gave this change some time, unfortunately this was not a good change, and a great product went backwards.
Sorry I updated to 6
by love James in Kentucky on 2018/09/14 08:44
Dark Sky used to be the app by which all other apps are judged. With version 6 however, what used to be an at-a-glance app is now cluttered with too much scrolling, too small of text, and functions that are not as readily accessible. Today’s Weather used to occupy the main screen, no scrolling necessary. Switching from Precip % to Humidity to UV Index etc. took merely a tap. Now you have to scroll down to these functions, then scroll side to side to find the function you want, then tap, and then try to read the smaller font and the snaky list of smaller numbers. So much for a quick check of the weather while at work... I applaud Dark Sky for their attempt at a revamp, but regret that the result is the loss of the simple elegance exhibited in previous versions: main screen is today, swipe left for radar, swipe right for the days ahead, and simply tap to change from one type of data to the next. Hope a future version will bring this back and also the easier readability of larger font sizes and numbers that are vertically in line. Could also forgo Feels Like data.
Dr. Dave
by Born-Oppenheimer on 2018/08/26 10:45
I love this app, along with the rest of my family, and we have used it daily for some time now. It provides accurate, real-time weather info and predictions in a very user friendly format. The “global weather radar” function is very useful and clearly illustrates why weather patterns move the way the do across the Earth’s Globe. Other weather apps (& TV Weather reports) often use weather maps utilizing the Earth’s Mercator Projection which distorts the sizes and distances of storms and weather patterns as one moves away from the Equator heading toward the poles. In stark contrast to this, Dark Sky’s “Global weather radar” projected on the curved surface shows that storms, hurricanes, and other weather patterns, move at uniform rate in a consistent patterns all across the globe. On a Mercator Projection map, however, storms and hurricanes seem to rush off the map as they head north away from the Equator in the Northern Hemisphere (or south in the Southern Hemisphere). Sorry “Flat Earthers”, the Earth is an Oblate Spheriod (i.e., The Earth is a Globe, Not Flat)!
New 6.0 version is upsetting
by pshayn on 2018/08/30 22:17
This new version is a far cry from what this beautiful app used to be. There are tons of weather apps out there and what stood out about Dark Sky was the fact that it was simple pretty interface and easy to navigate. The new 6.0 version is a cluster-‘you know what’ of information. Which is cool, because everyone wants to be in power, but at the same time it’s very uneasy on the eyes. Just too much going on. The interface and the look and the feel feels also dated as if it’s a step backwards. It looks like a diluted weather application and doesn’t stand out from the crowd whatsoever. Unfortunately I’m thinking of switching just because this is not what I fell in love with. Sometimes too much information is not a good thing. If they could figure out a better more effective way of delivering that information in a clean interface, then I’m all for it. But rather than having all the info display it at my fingertips, there is just way too much attention that needs to be paid to the app in order to serve and navigate it successfully. If it works so well, then why change a beautiful thing? I really think this was on the step in the wrong direction.
Beauty is only skin deep
by AWolfe_II on 2018/03/04 18:27
Within ten miles of a major tech hub, I expect accurate and current weather information. But as the March 2018 East Coast cyclone was—hopefully—making its last lashes, I was concerned. We’d had power out, nearby injuries and even deaths from the storm. Friday night had seen a domino of falling 65-foot trees leave a 200-foot line of tree wreckage starting 30 feet from my property line, luckily in conservation land. Nor’easters typically finish with strong west winds, which would aim any more falling trees right at my house, my shed, my garage. Clearly the wind was still from the north, and seemed strong and gusty. So I pulled out Dark Sky and checked. It told me my exact location, and that I had 10 mph winds; it doesn’t tell gusts. This was unbelievable. I hit a major web site and it confirmed what I was viewing: steady 18 mph winds with gusts to 39 mph. That’s a huge difference in capacity for damage. Like I said, I am only ten miles from a major city. Dark Sky has given me generic and imprecise weather info for months, but I never looked into it closely. I am removing this app from my phone permanently. I consider its weather information hazardously untrustworthy.
Declined over the years
by phfeenikz on 2018/10/16 22:05
This was the hands-down best weather app a few years ago, but has declined in usefulness recently. It was perfect in every way, especially after it became available on the watch. However, last August they overhauled the interface when there was absolutely nothing wrong with it in the first place. I hate pretty much everything about the new interface. It’s more confusing to look at, some of the fonts are too small, and I preferred swiping to see the maps and long range forecast. Worst of all though is that the watch app no longer works since the August update, and I’ve now reverted to using Apple’s inferior weather app complication instead. The notifications remain super timely though, which was always the feature that differentiated them from all the other weather apps, but given that they no longer appear on my watch I often miss them entirely. I’d still recommend Dark Sky for use on iOS for the timely notifications, but look elsewhere for the time being if you want a working watch app.
In the south we care a lot about the humidity
by Michael094 on 2018/09/21 02:22
Not sure how much of a fan I am of the recent changes to the interface, but this is a pretty awesome app. I spend a lot of time outdoors for work and while it’s about as accurate in the mountains as most weather forecasts in predicting weather, but once it starts raining I think it has always accurately predicted when the rain will intensify and stop. The biggest grip I have with the new interface is how difficult it is to find the humidity (also, don’t tell me it’s humid if the humidity is below 75%, cause that is lovely). It used be be a quick click, but now I have to scroll down and then over on a tiny little menu. It isn’t user friendly, and I live in the south, so the humidity is way more important than the temperature in the summer (we know it’s going to be hot, but will any of our sweat evaporate???). Thanks for a great app. This would be a 5 star review if finding the humidity is made easier or there is an option to go back to the old interface.
Accuracy is not as advertised
by Joelelske on 2019/02/15 15:34
I do not usually write reviews, but I thought others should know before they spend money on an app that is less accurate then the native apple weather app. I purchased it solely based on the good reviews and the misleading info page. Unfortunately, it has been wrong since the app was turned on. As I am standing in my backyard telling my dogs to come in because a downpour had started, the app says light rain in 20 mins. Meanwhile, it is a constant heavy rain for over a couple hours and the app says light rain ending soon. It did not stop. Also, I look ahead in the day to see what time it will rain, apple says 1pm and this app says 7pm? Of course it rained around 2 so both were wrong, but 5 hours off? I don’t mean to be so picky but it hasn’t been right yet and the fact that I spent money on “toy” app led me to write this review. The reason I gave 3 instead of 2 is because it is a nicely put together app with some great features. I just wish it could do what it says it could do. I will be sticking with my free apple app
Mostly Everything to Love
by AJsAWiz on 2017/06/01 13:56
As the title indicates, I love everything about this app except one thing. But first the "good" . . . What sets Dark Sky apart from other weather apps I've seen is the accuracy for precipitation. I can be anywhere and always depend on this for when precipitation when occur and the intensity. So far, for me, it's been accurate 99% of the time! That feature, alone, makes it well worth the purchase. Now, since I cycle a lot it's important to know the wind speed and direction. This is the one place where Dark Sky falls short of my expectations. The wind speed part is fine but it only shows arrows for the wind direction and no compass to show the direction. It would have been nice if the arrows were replaced with N,S,E,W or at the very least included a compass on the screen so you know which direction. If this feature were improved I would have left a perfect 5 star rating. I hope that the developers will improve the wind speed indicators with the next update.
Works well.
by Pasquale-Tamale on 2017/04/19 22:10
I've heard lots of good things about Dark Sky. "It's great. It's awesome." From my perspective it works very well. Is it AWESOME? No. Not really. But it does work. One of the cool features is that it will tell you it will start (or stop) raining in "x" minutes. Usually it will say 8 minutes or some similar small amount of time. Guess what. If I'm outside and it's going to rain in 8 minutes, I could probably guess that it is going to rain soon. Knowing it is going to stop raining in 90 minutes would be great. But it normally gives you a much smaller heads up. So it's not that big of a deal. I do a lot of outdoor activities and I compare Dark Sky to my local weather forecast. The majority of the data is pretty comparable. When you look at the rain forecast... it's hit or miss. Especially if you are looking 2 or 3 days out. Sometimes Dark Sky is more accurate. Sometimes my local weather is more accurate. So is Dark Sky worth it? Sure. The Dark Sky interface is FAR SUPERIOR to my local TV weather app. Dark Sky is easier to use and It has more functionality. I've used a couple of other weather apps and they were not as informative. Maybe there are other good apps out there but this one works just fine. Bottom line? The weather is the weather. Most apps (and local TV stations) are going to be right about the same amount of time. The thing that sets Dark Sky apart is it's interface. It is my go-to weather app.
Thanks for the update
by someCompletelyRandomGuy on 2018/08/22 15:24
I always thought the old UI with the map sliding over like a drawer was spatially confusing, the new UI is much clearer to me. Love the new watch complication too, I used to need a separate complication to show me the current conditions and now it and temp are consolidated into one. Some minor suggestions: it’s not obvious that you can press on the main temp to see additional info like wind speed, maybe adding an (i) button or something would help. Also, I think more information could fit into the 24-hour forecast section, like you did in the 7-day section. And in the bottom bar Notifications and Report are (for me) much less often used than Forecast or Map, so maybe those can be moved elsewhere and instead the 7-day view could get its own tab. It would also be nice to allow you to swipe left and right to switch tabs (except Map of course).
Uncannily accurate
by Doud_in_FtC on 2018/07/01 00:32
This app is amazingly consistent at timing the start or stop of drizzle/rain/downpour events. My reaction the first time I got the alert “Drizzle will start in 2 minutes” was “uh huh, sure.” But, that time and many times since, I found I need to pay attention to its alerts. The app’s data are certainly not infallible at predicting precip events, but the app frequently gives you the sense that it can predict the future with eerie accuracy. This is an extremely handy feature in the summer in Colorado, where “if you don’t like the weather, just wait 15 minutes.” Like any other weather app, Dark Sky is competent at reporting the current temperature and predicting temperature and RH. And it has a wonderfully simple and intuitive interface. Given its name, though, it is clear that the app really shines at predicting and alerting about precipitation events, with high accuracy and resolution measured in minutes.
Waste of money...
by Cainusrising on 2019/04/10 12:19
I bought this app because of the high ratings and everyone saying how accurate it was. I live in Asheville and it is seemingly very hard to forecast the weather for. I have downloaded 7 or 8 free apps for weather, but this one I bought because of its reputation and the fact that I couldn’t find a trial version. This was a mistake. This app is never correct to what my weather is currently doing or what it is going to do. In fact, it is usually off more than all the other apps. It is usually off by 5 degrees, and if it is currently raining it says it’s partly sunny. Lol. Honestly, it’s a little comical at how wrong it is on a constant basis. I have started showing how wrong it is to my friends when I am out and we have laughed so hard that one labeled the app “Dark Lie” due to its inaccuracy. It would be more hilarious if I hadn’t spent $ on it. Also, I was able to add a few cities to it as I travel often, but now it seems I cannot. Not sure what happened. I am deleting the app after this. I downloaded the free Weather Channel app and in the last 3 months I have noticed it is WAY more accurate than Dark Lie.
good for up to the minute forecast
by Awbagley on 2017/07/10 02:15
I walk to work, and Dark Sky's up to the minute rain predictor ("light drizzle in 10 minutes") is GREAT for helping determine when to head home without getting caught in the rain. It's also good for places that have rapid fluctuations in weather, e.g. going to the beach, where "30% chance of rain" is the forecast EVERY DAY. Finally, I have successfully used Dark Sky to accurately determine what to wear when traveling to a new place. The temperature range indicator is so much more helpful for determining what clothes to pack without reading each day's forecast. However, I have noticed lately that Dark Sky tends to err on the side of predicting rain even if it might not rain, which can be frustrating until you realize it will say rain even if there is a 2 or 3% chance of rain falling somewhere in your area that day. This is especially common during the summer when thunderstorms can pop up literally at a moment's notice, or localized rain might mean Dark Sky says it's raining when it's actually not in your exact location (but might be down the street). However, I'll take a couple of days looking dumb because I brought an umbrella for seemingly no reason, over frustration that I got caught unprepared. Great app, nice interface. Highly recommend if you want a weather app that is helpful and looks good.
OverRated
by Jimmut on 2018/01/07 23:14
I figured with this being the number 1 weather app it would be amazing. I am into weather and run a weather page on FB so I know my way around weather apps and utilities. I find the interface on this app not well laid out. There isn’t much to this app. I guess its main purpose is to tell you if it’s rain or snowing and for how long. You can set up very limited alerts but they require you to enable GPS always on your phone. I notice my gps symbol would stay on no matter what even after closing the app. I don’t like any app to constantly use my gps so I set it to only use gps when using app like other apps I have. That fixed the constant gps symbol but now the app complains and turns off all alerts. I guess this app is ok if you like a basic weather and alert information. There is way better weather apps and even some free ones better than this. I prefer the app storm which has a much better layout and way more information. If I could get a refund I would but I guess it could be buyers remorse as I expected so much more.
Apple Watch App Broken
by Sellador on 2017/10/17 00:00
Update I thought they might have finally fixed this, nearly a year later, because they say they did in the release notes. No they didn’t. The complication still just shows their logo and not the actual temperature. This has carried over from my Series 2 to a new Series 3 watch, so it’s not the watch. It’s a good app for the iPhone, though. Original Review The iPhone app is excellent, and the Apple Watch app used to be, but has been broken since December 2016. Starting with an update at that time, the complication no longer shows the temp, but just the Dark Sky logo (intermittently). At the time, I emailed asking them about it, and they said they were working on it and asked me to be patient. I really would have thought that they could have sorted it out by now, so I have lost patience. The lack of the complication really reduces the value of the app. If you don't have an Apple Watch, get this app. If you do, and want to use this on the watch, then you may want to give it a pass until they finally do fix the complication issue.
A Great, Great Weather App! It’s missing one crucial element!
by Lisalisa110 on 2018/04/24 14:51
The App NEEDS to offer Color Customization! Just a few color themes, nothing complicated. For me the All White background is just too much. I do have a sensitivity to light, bright light especially. The affects of sudden bright white light, a camera flash, very bright days leave me squinting like mad. So many times I’ll wake at night wanting to check the weather. This app is almost as bright as the flashlight app. It certainly lights up the room from the tiny screen. If you could add a few color theme options I’d use the App the way I had intended to. Nothing needs to change on the Earth page, just the pages that are bright, bright, white. Thanks and I do hope you will agree to add this option and without asking us to pay more. Remember your buyers, their happiness breeds loyalty. Your buyers/Users are the Bedrock of your Foundation. Without them things begin to crack, weaken and before you know it they’ve gone away leaving you with attempts at shoring up the foundation, trying this and that. All could have been avoided, remained strong and resilient if only the end user, product purchaser was heard loud and clear. He/She May have brought along a few friends and so on. You just kept on growing because you knew deep down it’s the customer who is still with you, they are the bedrock that keeps your foundation fault free and strong.
Decidedly Better Than Stock Weather App
by CopperRaven on 2018/03/21 17:40
I bought Dark Sky after my frustration with the stock Weather app reached its pinnacle. I really like the clean and simple interface compared to the utter chaos in other weather apps, and I especially appreciate the lack of advertising. Once in a while the precipitation information can be inaccurate, but that’s just Northern Colorado for you, where it can literally be raining on one block, and be sunny on the next... or snowing, there’s just no way that can ever be perfect. I travel a lot and I like the simple switching of locations so I know what to pack. The Apple Watch app can sometimes be slow to refresh, but I’m not sure that’s not an issue with with Watch OS in general. The animated globe view can be slow to download all the overlays, but that’s honestly just a flashy feature and not something I use but every once in a while.
Best radar by far.
by forbiddenfruitIII on 2017/12/15 22:28
If you drop a few bucks on this app you will not regret it. I've been through all the other apps but this radar is the top of the line. I use it daily and if you need to know anything about the weather in your area this is your app. This is not full of the fluff that other weather apps have like videos of people's pets and stuff like that, just the weather and forecast. I love it and so will you if you try it. Update: as of late, the location has never been accurate. It says I’m in a town 20 mi north of me so the weather forecast is useless. Looks like its time to uninstall and ask Apple for refund. Sure its all pretty and stuff but how can I rely on a weather app that has my location wrong. I can look out the window for free. Its a shame but I will get over it. “My RADAR” is always on point so that’s what I get for being unfaithful.
Made me a believer
by School of Thought on 2018/12/11 12:01
Let’s face it-most all weather apps do the same thing. Seeing the ‘word ‘hyperlocal’ kind of makes me want to roll my eyes....BUT this thing totally works as advertised. I live in the lightning strike capital of America, SE Florida. Look it up, I’ll wait.... anyway we can have 5-6 different types of weather in one afternoon, and this app is on point in letting me know what’s going on where I am. If you’re driving and your weather is changing, it alerts you. How cool is that!? It’s really fun to tell your wife ‘it’s gonna rain in a few minutes’ and she says ‘are you sure I don’t see rain clouds’ and sure enough, it rains. Strap on your jetpacks, cause the future is here, boys and girls. And, if you’re studying meteorology (shouldn’t that reference asteroids instead of weather?🤔 ) you may want to consider switching majors unless you are really captivating, cause this app rocks.
What a shame!
by Ozman64 on 2018/09/17 23:40
I waited a couple of weeks to critique the new update. I must admit that I still like the older functionality better. And it’s not because one is resistant to change. But putting that aside, my biggest problems are twofold: 1. The app does not jump immediately to the current location as it always did. I have to force load it, and on top of that it stays put no matter where I go. 2. I have set Dark Sky as the weather complication on my Apple Watch as well as my default weather app. It used to show me the temperature based on the current location. I also told that rain was coming. It wowed my golfing buddies and many of them bought the app for this reason. It sold itself! The new format took away that functionality and all I get in the complication is whether it’s cloudy or sunny, which I can tell by just opening my eyes. If I’m doing something wrong I would appreciate the correction but if not, please return the app to its former great functionality. I am almost ready to go back to Yahoo Weather. Thank you
Used to be great- bitd
by jacksonoreilly on 2018/04/16 22:21
When this app first appeared it was amazingly accurate in prediction. Then, 3 or 4 years ago something happened - it suddenly became undependable/inaccurate. For a couple years I kept hoping it would get good again, but rarely bother looking at daily predictions anymore - I’ve found WU Storm to be much better. No idea what happened but others have reported the same thing. Alas, I keep the app for its globe - it works well, and I’ve learned a lot about weather patterns worldwide also. I do wish I could control the speed of the radar/satellite images, and also, when zooming in/out screen I’d like the option of selecting either hourly or daily view at any zoom at my discretion; similarly for the temperature globe. Another wish for the globe: that countries/cities names’ be selectable by language- I can’t read Arabic, for instance, but would like to know what country I’m looking at. Can’t the globe use Google Earth for locations, for instance, or is the premium too high?
No reason for this app
by Mndance165 on 2019/03/19 03:36
What made this app so different and famous was it’s emphasis on predicting what the exact weather, particularly rain or snow, was going to be within the next hour or so...that was it’s main purpose and made it so different from all the others... Now in latest app they minimize that vital feature, hide it almost, with small fonts and make it hard to see in the clutter and with very minimum detail...so this app now appears like all the rest...nothing special, a dime a dozen...no reason not to use all the better general weather apps out there...bad move! Suggestion to the developers...emphasize what you use to do best...enhance your best feature...tell us in a bold and in a more detailed way what the precipitation will be as we plan to go outside in an hour or so...stop being a generalist...and get back to your specialty of the past...this app is going in the wrong direction...get back to what made you special! Predict the weather in the most detailed way you can for the coming hour or two...then you’ll have an app that stands out from the crowd...
If It Ain’t Broke....
by mthavard on 2018/10/28 05:35
Please give us the option to go back to version 5. It actually worked, made sense, and was accurate.. PLEASE.... The Dark Sky 5 we all had before this complete Embarrassment excuse for an app, WAS an awesome app. It WAS, and I stress “WAS” my only app for weather. I deleted all the rest. I referred soo many people to this app and even gifted it. Paid app or not, as soon as I find something better, which shouldn’t be too hard now...DELETE... I would bet all my money that 99% of previous users are applauding this review. Why did you have to screw this app up so badly when it was almost Flawless. I mean, Seriously? I rarely will review an app. It has to be 6 stars to get a review or less than (0) zero, which this awful nonfunctional app is. All that bragging I did. OMG, words can’t even describe how bad this app is, at least not words I can use in a review. I so Disgusted. If you want examples, just open the app and there it is. Do your company a favor and Change it back, you will get your loyal customers back who made you big by word of mouth and good reviews. NIKE.. Just Do It.
Must Read - Don’t be Fooled - Save Yourself $4
by jsp1ns on 2018/10/10 20:53
I read many of the great reviews about dark sky and was tired of poor rendering and ads on other apps, so decided to purchase. After months of use, including the recent update, I’m extremely disappointed with the app functionality and accuracy. This app has no idea what the weather will be and they constantly change same day predictions. In addition, the radar is slow to load and you can only see radar movement either zoomed extremely far out in a blue blob, or close up with only radar history, which basically makes the radar pretty but useless. I was expecting the ability to toggle different types of maps, but there are only two (temp and precipitation). Other free weather apps I’ve used have an array of options (i.e. seeing pressure on the map, radar, satellite, showing user reports, etc), so this was very disappointing. Overall, as someone who rarely purchases apps, my feeling is that this was not worth the $4, and I’ve actually lost functionality and flexibility available on other free apps.
I love it but asking for a few changes
by vivasuzi on 2018/09/25 13:41
I love this app. It’s the first time I took the plunge and paid for a weather app. After my fav app went away, I hunted around and tried a bunch until I found this one. I like all the changes in the most recent updates. There are two things I think could be improved. 1- I’d like to see the weather arrows on the map. They show on the mini map but not when you click to view the full radar. The direction of the storm makes a huge difference in what amount of rain we will get. And 2- I wish the date would show next to the days for the future forecast. Sometimes I have plans based on a date and I get a little lost remembering if that date is a fri sat sun etc. Showing the date would make a huge difference. Overall I’ve found this app to be fairly accurate. It loads fast and it’s easy to see the forecast fairly quickly.
Finally a weather app with a nice clean interface.
by Jeff9876543210-1 on 2018/05/19 19:49
I used Garmin's now defunct "My-Cast" for years due to its simple and clean interface and (initial) accuracy. This app serves as a nice replacement. Loving it so far! Update 1: This app used to be very accurate and reliable. This past winter the snow forecasts were way off, and now the app and widget both seem to have a lot of bugs. I have lowered my rating from 5 to 3 stars. Update 2: The widget location does not stay synchronized with the app location. I just got a notification while sitting in my car that rain was stopping in 2 minutes. It was not raining, but it started raining a couple minutes later. The app showed my my current location but the widget was providing weather for a manually entered address. The only way to change the widget (I didn’t reboot) was to delete the address from within the app. Now the widget is stuck on Current Location regardless of what address I have selected in the app.
Amazing, not necessary
by Buckeyefan123 on 2017/12/01 09:43
This app combines all the things I look for in an app, minimalism, fluidity, and gorgeous design. Working inside the office or a coffee shop and seeing a notification that it will begin raining soon is amazing. It is the best weather app out there. Only issue is you can get relatively the same information for free from other apps or even stock iOS weather. The Ugly: Not to much to say here. I wish they would implement different theme options, especially a dark theme. At times the globe can be glitchy even on the new iPhone generation. Bottom Line: Treat yourself to an app that will go much longer for your day-to-day life than your $4 espresso. This app is also crazy accurate and helpful with the notification options. I have not regretted buying this app and I have only bought one or two apps the past couple years.
Latest updates
by DJ Asson on 2018/08/25 16:43
I liked how accurate this app used to be. It’s mostly good still but seems to ramp up on temperature more quickly than is occurring at my location (based on Apple’s weather app and an outdoor digital thermometer in the shade). It eventually gets back in sync and it’s only one or so degrees F off during temp rises in morning. The new interface is a little confusing, but change is sometimes good and I remember the clamor when it changed from its original to the previous version. Same type of comments. I’m willing to give it a try and am sure I’ll like it. One big problem is load time. The last two small updates have increased the load time of the display (blank) up to about 10-11 seconds. That’s unacceptable and when the new interface rolled out, it was just a second or two. I think the small updates were for Apple Watch. Don’t have one and so not sure why my app on my phone and iPad are so significantly impacted.
Used to be my go-to weather app, hope it will be again
by M.Connors on 2018/09/11 12:20
Dark Sky was my go-to weather app for awhile, but this latest update has severe flaws. While many are critical of the new UI, I’m less concerned about that than I am the complete loss of accurate weather data (I’m also a confounded why for a UI change Jackadam would need to alter their data collection or delivery accuracy). Gone are the advanced warnings for approaching rain. I now typically get a rain notifications *after* it has begun to rain, if I get a notification at all. Even more annoying than removed notifications is that the weather data upon opening the app won’t even show rain while it *is* raining. I emailed the developers on 8/24 on the lack of notifications and accurate data and received a reply stating: “Thanks for reaching out. We've become aware of the issue and will be rolling out a fix soon.” Since that time there have been to updates without a fix. The location auto-refresh is also broken which forces users to either open the location entry screen and tap “current location” or change locations and change back to update the weather data from the last time the app was opened. While the new UI will take some getting used to, that is just a learning curve situation. The new tendencies mentioned above for inaccurate data and a lack of notifications have removed 2 of the prime reasons I used Dark Sky and made the app nearly useless for me. Hopefully, the developers will indeed roll out a fix soon.
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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.
Don’t waste your money
by Freeak76 on 2019/04/24 22:59
Not even remotely worth the money. The “Weather channel” app is much more involved, I get way more information from it and it’s FREE. I don’t understand what all the hype is about with this app, it’s terrible.
Wasn’t the “recommended” app I expected.
by Jacksdayjob on 2019/04/24 13:26
I purchased this “highly recommended” app primarily for use on my series 3 watch. The NOAA and Weather Channel complications just weren’t staying current. But at least their complications loaded. Dark Sky only works as an app and not a complication. Does not meet my needs. Otherwise, it’s a fine iPhone app but there’s no way I would have paid for it just for that. My other (free) iPhone weather apps were fine.
Radar could be better
by 27PolkaDots on 2019/04/24 12:17
The radar in this app is lacking. Needs better refresh rates and the ability to future cast at a local level.
Garbage
by Kryptorchid on 2019/04/24 02:57
Update has been a known failure, there have been no improvements this year, dark sky is long dead. Mournings held every Thursday and Sunday when you’re free.
Birthday Shame
by mdchrist on 2019/04/23 23:53
So... It’s my birthday and we’re at this rooftop bar in Meatpacking (I wouldn’t typically be out in this area, I’m more self-aware than that, but it’s close to where I work, so...) ANYWAY, the app said 9 minutes to rain, so I bet my friend that it would be exactly to-the-minute. I’m a big fan of your very good app, but in this case, you were 5 minutes ahead of schedule and I was embarrassed in front of all my friends. The shame I feel is immeasurable; worse, I was forced to delete your app and write this review as punishment. Someone told me once: mistakes happen— and knowing that it isn’t just an expression stung most of all. In summation; pee is stored in the balls.
It's raining, Dark Sky says 0 chances
by dbkattk on 2019/04/23 22:54
It's raining, Dark Sky says 0 chances, the default weather app gives the correct output. Also i don t understand why it needs to always check my location, what if i only want to see it for one city? Why do you access gps every time? Allow me the option to choose.
Pointless
by Ann.O.Dyne on 2019/04/23 13:42
Headed out the door for a walk at 8:50 because Dark Sky assured me that "light rain" might be around at 11:00. Imagine how disconcerting to hear THUNDER & then being caught in the rain at 9:24...Yep, not only rain but LIGHTNING!
More Custom Weather Notifications!
by Wuwhwjw on 2019/04/23 10:55
Custom weather notifications is an amazing feature and I wish i could do more with it (Ex. Never rises above/falls below, Stays above/below all day, and the ability to combine them such as wind and rain above 30 -> no umbrella) Also sometimes the app crashes when I click on map, otherwise a great app!
My go-to
by Joemoose on 2019/04/22 20:21
I admit it: I'm a weather app junkie. I've tried probably any and all that are available, free or paid, and I'll always install and try out every shiny new weather gizmo that graces the app store. I'm a bit fickle perhaps, and a sucker for a charming UI. But regardless, after the novelty has worn off these latest and greatest apps, I always end up back with Dark Sky. Dark Sky doesn't seem to mind these occasional dalliances and remains ever present and ready to resume its lauded position on my homescreen. Needless to say, highly recommended. Dark Sky just seems to do it right.
Used to be good.
by PFausti on 2019/04/22 20:05
When I first got this app some years ago it was amazing. It provided up to the minute weather. Something has changed. Today is a good example. It has been raining off and on all day and Dark Sky says the precipitation is zero. That is a constant problem now. It is totally unreliable.
Used to be great
by Hezmana on 2019/04/22 17:52
Dark Sky used to be my go to weather app, but as they add to or changed the interface and app, the problems have increased. I get alerts about weather that is not in my area, snow in Phoenix when it’s 80 outside, recently it has begun changing my location to one of it’s interesting storms in it’s list, which requires me to manually change it back. I hope at some point this app goes back to what it used to do best, hyper local weather.
First to worst. Not worth it
by JonPaul2 on 2019/04/22 12:30
It’s currently raining, your app is the only one saying otherwise. Dark sky was so good in 2013 that I even wrote a paper on it. The app as it exists now is a poor representation of a once mighty app. HelloWeather and even native iOS weather app is more accurate.
Dark sky
by Poppadukez on 2019/04/22 09:04
This is the dumbest app I ever seen as far as weather is concern, why this this app showing you a 95% of rain and when you hit the day there’s no rain in the forecast, it’s ashamed and I paid for this app, if you ask me it’s garbage, it’s not accurate at all , waste of money, I took my bike out for a ride no rain according to the app half hour later it’s poring for the rest of the day, thanx dark sky.
Rlly good
by llololololololllllololol on 2019/04/21 18:15
The only complaint I have is that I wish the widget on the home screen would be able to show you the weather for the next few hours, instead of having to open the app for that. The weather for the rest of the week is usually pretty useless for me in the morning, so I wish there was an option to switch that around.
Disappointed
by Max2824 on 2019/04/21 14:35
Very disappointed. Does not update not very accurate
Siri Apple Watch Face Complications
by Bidusjskdyb on 2019/04/21 03:05
Please add Siri watch face complications like the native weather app
Golden App from the Start!
by Undfeatable on 2019/04/20 17:58
I’ve been using Dark Sky since June of 2015. Since that date, it’s been my #1 favorite weather app. It’s major draw is accuracy. I’ve been looking extensively between Dark Sky and another popular radar app and the data offered on dark sky was vastly superior. With a storm front about to hit, the rival app displayed rainfall while Dark Sky displayed it a few miles away yet. Because Dark Sky has these hyperlocal data points from using phones barometer and sharing it with other users, they are showing details that reflect actual weather events much better. Whereas the traditional radar is interpreting clouds from a distance, Dark Sky pops in and helps to give the storm model more 3D details, which offers even better predictions. It’s grown a lot over the years and become much more user friendly and less buggy. However there is one issue that has persisted from the beginning. “Playing” the radar loads slowly and doesn’t always update properly. A lot of the time, I need to reset the view by zooming in and out. I know it’s a lot of info to load, but I’d like to see some status on what’s been loaded and ready for viewing. Keep up the great work! Best weather app!
Highly inaccurate with forecasts
by Nickanameweather27 on 2019/04/20 17:26
I feel like I could just guess and be right as often as this piece of junk. There has to be a better choice somewhere
Best Weather App
by BP - PGH on 2019/04/20 13:06
This app is great. Far better than the ones that come preloaded on phones. The forecasts tend to be more accurate, and accurate sooner than others. The various features allow for confident outdoor planning. Easy to navigate. Easy to understand. Definitely a go-to app.
Buyer Remorse
by Itstylerb on 2019/04/20 11:01
Seemed cool at first with all the features. I really wanted to like this app, especially since I paid for it. But it’s been consistently unpredictable. I’ve been stuck in the rain at least 5 times the last few months because this stupid app said it wasn’t going to rain. It misses a lot!! I back using the default iPhone weather app now cause it’s more accurate A LOT more of the time. This app is nothing more than a nice appearance that seems smarter than it is.
Clunky
by 晴天向上 on 2019/04/20 01:08
Cant fit much info on one screen, have to tap and scroll around a lot just to get a basic report
Animated Map is Awful
by YourNameHereX_________ on 2019/04/20 00:13
All in all the app is good. The animated map loads in sections and take minutes to finally becomes truly smooth. Pisses me off every time I really need the interactive map.
Don’t buy !
by Champ?!$ on 2019/04/19 22:52
Disappointed , I paid for this app because of reviews but it doesn’t load often even with a good signal. I don’t usually leave reviews but I’m so dissatisfied I thought I should. The radar is not very good
Fine weather app but incons with notifications
by Ninjustin23 on 2019/04/19 17:17
This is a good wea app but I purchased it for weather notifications otherwise I'd have just stuck with the default app. Not getting alerts for servere weather is a huge problem. The app knew I was under a tornado warning when I opened it why did I have to be alerted by a co-worker?
Pretty, but inaccurate
by robsalzz on 2019/04/19 14:50
The alerts when it’s about to rain are nice, but they come 10 minutes before it does. The forecast more than 4 hours out is, unfortunately, incredibly inaccurate, so you can’t use this app to plan your day. I’m convinced the only reason people like it is because there aren’t ads and it’s pretty. That’s about it.
Terrible Map
by iLeonidas51 on 2019/04/18 17:15
Using radar is impossible. No labels on roads or highways, small towns that are pretty much non-existent show up first and you have to zoom in to see the names of ones that are actually populated. Also names of cities/towns only appear on specific zoom that is individual to each one. As you zoom in and out different ones show up and different ones disappear, makes it impossible to track any kind of weather outside of your current location.
Less reliable than any other weather app I’ve ever used.
by W. S. S. S. on 2019/04/18 16:58
Garbage. Got caught in rain more times than I could count. Do not buy.
Great App
by Myrkur007 on 2019/04/18 14:29
Love the way the app looks on my new iPhone XS Max after having the 7 Plus this new scene really shows the app quite well.
Waste of money
by Stephanies1688 on 2019/04/18 01:48
It has some neat features but it's not as good as free apps out there. Wish I didn't waste my money.
So glad I pulled the trigger and bought this app
by Coosaw2004 on 2019/04/17 00:49
I have wanted a simple weather app that not only is easy to read but actually loads quickly every time. I’ve used this app for a couple days and I’m impressed with how it looks and works. Easy to interpret the forecast that day, but also easy access to more detailed hourly info if that’s what you need. I also like that the extra info such as humidity, sunset and other stuff is a simple tap on the temp. The entire main screen doesn’t have to be filled with every piece of weather data available. Most of us don’t need to know the barometric pressure every day, but it’s lurking nearby if we do. Good job folks. For the rest of us, this is well worth the money. Truly a “you get what you pay for” situation.
Thunderstorm
by Chirleski on 2019/04/16 11:46
Please incorporate this word into your forecasts.
Overall Great but does need refinement
by Readenourdustin on 2019/04/16 05:04
The overall idea of predicting the weather and being accurate is great! Two issues: 1) emergency weather alerts do not work even though enabled. 2) Don’t give me the time machine feature if you’re just going to give me today’s forecast for the next 10 coming years then 0 for the rest of eternity. I think common sense tells us none of this is right but still don’t bother.
Good looking. Unreliable
by itikn on 2019/04/16 00:55
This is a well designed app with some pretty good features. Unfortunately the forecasts have been off. Today, for example, it forecasted a high of 64 degrees and it was off by 10 degrees leaving me way underdressed. This isn’t the first time either, unfortunately.
Good, but weather updates are spotty
by Bobthesuper on 2019/04/15 15:08
I downloaded this app after I read a review I read that praised the Apple Watch part of the app. The info displayed on my watch has good information but the temperature doesn’t update very often. Sometimes I have to open the app on my phone then also open it on my watch to force an update. I contacted the developer, no response. Maybe the paid version is better, but maybe not. I’m not going to spend money on an app that doesn’t work properly. Especially with no customer service!
Used to be exact to the minute. Now can’t get it right
by Shades1773 on 2019/04/15 11:15
I used to love this app. It could get weather right down to the minute. However, recently it cannot even predict the weather right for the day. It will be raining and the app says that it is just “overcast”. Not sure what has happened, but ever since the new look, the app has sacrificed looks for quality
Love it
by Jmh3434 on 2019/04/15 05:27
This app is amazing
Can't look even two weeks into the future?
by Kunwar Kochar on 2019/04/14 00:52
What's the point of this if it doesn't show me data even two weeks out. What a waste of money!!!!
Worst radar
by Rpreston513 on 2019/04/13 15:08
I never pay for apps but I had a $5 gift card and decided to try the editors choice for a weather app. I hate it. The user interface is well designed but the hyper local forecast is a joke. Just a gimmick as far as I'm concerned. The radar is literally the worst I've ever used. The map provides no detail and the colors look like oily fingerprints on glass. I am so disappointed.
Not as good as website
by Cabennetti on 2019/04/12 15:05
Since this app cost money and getting on the website is free, I expected yo get the same information. No wind information at all. Would line to know speed and direction. Missing all the details! Please fix.
Recent release doesn’t work on Series 3 Watch
by Buggy as hell on 2019/04/12 12:38
Update 3: app started working again and worked fairly well for a solid 3 months. I updated my watch software again today, and now we’re back to dashes on the complication. Dev team can’t keep up with all Apple releases. Be prepared for some frustration if you’re using it with your Apple Watch. Will be taking it off my watch again until I see another update available. Update 2: still no update for this. Have removed it from my watch. I’ll keep checking back for another couple weeks or so, but will request an iTunes/App Store refund after that. ————- Update: hoped today’s update would fix the issue, but nope. Complication on Watch still shows dashes, and clicking to launch the app shows only a blank screen instead of New York City weather. Going in the wrong direction here. ———— I bought this app a couple of weeks ago while looking for a better weather app to show on my Apple Watch face that included sunset times, as I’m frequently trying to get in a late run before dark. I was swayed by reviews and various articles. It seemed to be working well for me - especially liked the “rain starting/ending soon” alerts that were spot on accurate - but with the latest update the app simply doesn’t work anymore on my series 3 watch. And as a watch face complication the only thing that displays are the words Dark Sky and a bunch of dashes. If you click to fully open the app you can only see New York City weather info on your watch. This is even though I’ve re-confirmed that my default cities through the Dark Sky iPhone app are set and correct. The only thing that changed from one day to the next was the app update. I submitted a ticket a couple of days ago but have had no response. If it worked, I’d give it 5 stars.
Wrong location always!
by Mtk6 on 2019/04/12 07:26
Hey dark sky, I only gave a 1-star so you would see this. I really love the app, it’s the best weather forecast out there. For a couple months now though, I get weather notifications stating I’m at a location that I am not. They are areas I frequent, but they are at least 15 miles away. Went I tap the notification, it finds my correct location, but why does the notification always think I can somewhere else? Thanks!
Good design. Not accurate.
by Jimmmmmmmm9876 on 2019/04/12 00:00
It never used to be this sporadic, but recently it’s all over the place. For example, dark sky is currently saying it’s 53 outside. 3 other sources (NWS, iOS weather, and local weather station) report 45.
Map is no longer spherical!! The GLOBE IOW!
by Adeptone on 2019/04/11 14:07
Fix the GD APP! Map view used to be separate from our “local view”. The map used to be the globe! Fix it!! This is on iPhone...if UR gonna update stop breaking it. Or was this intentional?? Why would you have 2 identical views?? U wouldn’t. Would U??
Sorry APP
by Dias groundhog on 2019/04/11 14:02
I don’t know why this would be, better on an android app the cost is $2.99 a year and on the Apple app it is $3.99, does not specify for how long and there are less features on Apple for more money. This I do not understand, to put it bluntly is sounds like Apple is taking advantage by by offering less for more money. I cannot and will not recommend this app for Apple users.
Radar is horrible
by Java ☕️ on 2019/04/11 12:44
The radar function in maps view never loads correctly. At best you get a partial view of the radar.
Weather rock would be more accurate (SEE 💥WARNING💥)
by Zach091 on 2019/04/11 12:43
Since the large update the accuracy of the app has plummeted. Putting a stone outside and watching it for changes would be much more accurate (I.e. stone is wet, it is raining.) The weather app that comes default with the iPhone is MUCH more accurate and is FREE. Used to recommend this app to everyone but now I’m embarrassed I talked people into the $4 purchase. Have missed work multiple times because dark skies predicted 6-10 inches of snow (when no other stations predicted snow) only for no snow to fall. 💥WARNING💥 As mentioned in other reviews, “anonymous screen share” is on by default. Feel like it’s pretty wrong to spy on people’s screens without their consent.
Used to be great
by kmp2291 on 2019/04/10 17:20
The accuracy of this app is terrible. I wish I could get my money back. It used to tell you when it would start raining as soon as it started and now it’s completely off all the time. It’s so unreliable.
Waste of money...
by Cainusrising on 2019/04/10 12:19
I bought this app because of the high ratings and everyone saying how accurate it was. I live in Asheville and it is seemingly very hard to forecast the weather for. I have downloaded 7 or 8 free apps for weather, but this one I bought because of its reputation and the fact that I couldn’t find a trial version. This was a mistake. This app is never correct to what my weather is currently doing or what it is going to do. In fact, it is usually off more than all the other apps. It is usually off by 5 degrees, and if it is currently raining it says it’s partly sunny. Lol. Honestly, it’s a little comical at how wrong it is on a constant basis. I have started showing how wrong it is to my friends when I am out and we have laughed so hard that one labeled the app “Dark Lie” due to its inaccuracy. It would be more hilarious if I hadn’t spent $ on it. Also, I was able to add a few cities to it as I travel often, but now it seems I cannot. Not sure what happened. I am deleting the app after this. I downloaded the free Weather Channel app and in the last 3 months I have noticed it is WAY more accurate than Dark Lie.
Good, but not as good as advertised
by Rust96 on 2019/04/09 19:48
This app has some excellent attributes but unfortunately the app is not nearly as accurate as advertised. The app intends to provide “up to the minute” guidance on weather conditions in your location and unfortunately it is not that accurate. I’ve found a much more accurate “up to the minute” weather trick - just look outside. I’ve been humored many times while I hold the app open in my hand with it saying cloudy, rain starting in 5 minutes while rain drops are falling on my head. With that being said, there are some valuable features. It’s just that the app reaches too far with its claims. If they would stop advertising such superb accuracy, I would probably give it five stars. But if you are going to talk-the-talk, you’ve got to be able to walk-the-walk.
Was really hopeful
by notsingingintherain on 2019/04/09 10:08
I usually don’t rate or review anything, but it was such a waste of money. It has been horribly incorrect about the weather and I have been caught on four occasions soaked in the rain when it said it wasn’t going to rain. Even checked the time machine to check back on those days and it still said it didn’t rain. I don’t spend money on apps but went on a recommendation from someone I value. I did my fair share of hyping it up and getting other people to purchase it, but now I’m sorely regretting that. Would be worth all the money if it worked but sadly I don’t even know what I can give it a good rating about for the money spent. Sad, rainy day.
The Best
by oceanicharbor on 2019/04/09 04:13
This is hands-down one of the best apps I have EVER bought. It is crazy accurate, and I often rely on it to walk our dogs between rain showers. If you’re looking for an accurate weather app, look no further! I HIGHLY recommend this app.
Meh
by Beldar88 on 2019/04/09 02:51
I don’t now. It seems to have as many glitches as every other weather app. Often seems to not know where I am, even though I have location enabled. It’s reasonably accurate, but the interface is not that intuitive. Weather Underground has a much more intuitive interface—where you can just glance at it and see five days worth of weather, with the most important information immediately available. I still feel the need to keep about three weather apps on my phone.
Used to be great, but no longer
by Bzzstfu on 2019/04/08 20:41
This was my go to for accurate “can I ride my bike?” information, and it was beautiful. Now it’s just a bloated weather app I can’t figure out.
So Innaccurate...
by naicnepenthe on 2019/04/08 17:15
So I’m sitting looking out the window at the rain falling, falling pretty much nonstop for 12 hours now. Dark Sky says it’s not raining at all. No indication of pending, current or former rain. This is not the first time.
Great app; must always share location for watch complication to work
by CJL12891289 on 2019/04/08 10:55
I really love this app on the iPhone and love the Apple Watch complication; but know that in order to open the app to a screen other than “location unavailable” you have to allow the app to always use your location, not just when the app is open. For the Apple Watch complication to work, you not only have to always allow location sharing, but you have to have at least one push notification turned on. While the cofounder has been very honest about privacy practices and how Dark Sky uses your data, it would be nice if the app could work without one needing to always share one’s location. It’d be nice if the complication worked without needing to have push notifications turned on.
Odd Reports
by Atlanta John on 2019/04/07 23:31
Under ‘Next 7 Days’ app keeps showing 100% chance of rain for the day it is, even when it is clear and sunny. Today (Sunday) it’s high 70 degrees and beautiful. App says 100% chance of rain for Sunday (today). It’s bizarre!
Not worth it, less accurate than iPhone Weather.
by JasonDAustin on 2019/04/07 22:53
This app did not work well at all for Austin, TX.
Never right
by Mclong11111 on 2019/04/07 16:25
This app is no good. It’s consistently 10 degrees off, it says 0-2% chance of rain while it’s raining and the layout and design aren’t very good. The icons don’t represent what’s actually happening and it’s just not for me. Thank you.
Non-traditional radar isn’t helpful
by -Glen- on 2019/04/07 14:54
While I like the look of the app and its design, the reason I’m only rating it three stars is due to the radar. The radar uses non-traditional colors that aren’t helpful. Living in an area that drops below freezing during winter it’d be more useful to see the radar colors that indicate a difference between rain, sleet/freezing rain, and snow. The current implementation of colors only shows intensity which interestingly follows the traditional color scheme of sleet and snow year round. If this is changed in the future then I’d rate it at five stars.
Still my go to weather app!
by Traveling Ken on 2019/04/06 13:42
The weather forecast I actually count on. Is it always accurate? It’s a “forecast" not a “promise”. I have one feature request though - I’d like the data option I select in the Next 24 Hours to be “sticky” for the days in the Next 7 Days section. Perhaps a preference choice to also accommodate those who like it as is.
BE AWARE
by Carlcal9 on 2019/04/06 12:14
“Anonymous screen view and event stats” is enabled by default. If you pay for this app, just be mindful of that setting. Kind of a shady thing to do, especially to people that are buying your app.
⚠️don’t believe the hype ⚠️
by ThatBabyAintMine on 2019/04/06 01:29
I swear people are so gullible these days. I tried both of them side by side for a week straight and dark Sky is no more accurate than Apple’s weather app. If you’re considering purchasing Dark Sky for the sole purpose of better weather predictions, then save your money and stick to the standard weather app.
Suggestions for improvement
by Darthvader9 on 2019/04/05 12:48
1.The data is great...the new interface is actually a downgrade from the old one. You get used to it after a while though. Kindly fast track a new interface redesign.(please don’t try to cram too much information into one screen which is what the new interface does!) 2.Inability to permanently save a location. Every time I save a location(search and drag a location to the “saved locations”...it is lost after I close the app and the new locations are lost) Thank you for fixing the #2 above. Please provide us the ability to choose different themes . The new one has too much information crammed into a single screen.
Doesn’t work properly since the big update
by ry.sp.wil on 2019/04/05 12:05
New info: Every time I open the app now I have to close it and restart it to get the most recent weather data. It always shows me whatever the data was the last time I had it open and no amount of refreshing will fix it. Older info: As a designer who works in charts and graphs all day, the new graphs don’t make any sense. The previous graphs were what drew me to Dark Sky originally. The new graph has a pointless array of unlabeled floating dots that make no sense without reading the entire chart. Before, I could find the current hour, read the chance of precipitation, and move on. Now I have to scroll around the bottom with tiny buttons and read floating bubbles. Change it back to the old format or you’ve lost a loyal advocate for your app.
Ugliest radar colors of any app
by iClet on 2019/04/05 00:15
Their attempt to use unique colors for the various weather conditions is irritating not to mention the fact that the colors are just flat out ugly
I used it for 5 years. And now?
by DJ-DIGIT on 2019/04/04 17:10
Now the data doesn’t update right away when you open the app. It’s always a few hours behind. The watch app is worse, usually taking forever to show relevant info. Sometimes I see it says it’s 32 when it’s 50. Then a minute later it refreshes to 50. Really? What happen? 6 months ago this app was lean. Fast. Mean and accurate. Now I’m seeing it say it’s drizzling when it’s not. And raining when it’s not? It seems the new devs have gave up. Why? Just keep improving. Allow us to see more data points with a swipe than a tap. Or in a single view. Like temps plus wind. Come on. Don’t give up.
Basically always off by 10-20 degrees
by lkUGfjutwefjg on 2019/04/04 03:11
I’m so sick of this app not even coming close on weather predictions in Washington DC. Most of the time, the future weather prediction is not even close, and when I check again after a few hours, the temperature will jump closer to what it actually is at the time. THE WEATHER APP MY PHONE COMES WITH IS MORE ACCURATE AND ITS FREE. If you live in Washington DC or the surrounding regions (Maryland, Virginia, etc..), DO NOT BUY THIS APP.
Inaccurate
by Kppi. on 2019/04/04 00:37
Used to be extremely accurate for knowing exactly when it was going to rain but hasn’t been accurate at all for the past year or so. The app rarely knows when it’s raining. As I’m writing this it still has no idea that it’s raining right now in my current location. More often than not I’m telling the app the weather instead of the other way around. Was once my favorite weather app but everything about the current version is terrible.
No Satellite or Hybrid Map Option?
by Good Reads - Great App on 2019/04/03 17:14
On a paid weather app? Really? The standard map view is ancient looking and difficult to read. What a waste of money.
Not globally available
by --Skybird-- on 2019/04/03 07:32
Dark Sky will only work in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. If you are frequently traveling to other places you're out of luck.
What has happened to this app?
by BushwickRedDevil on 2019/04/02 15:07
It used to be completely on point with predicting precipitation and temp, now not even close. Deleting
Where’s the weatherman?
by ShariJung on 2019/04/02 10:36
I bought this because I didn’t want ads and I wanted an accurate forecast. It was an Apple pick. Then why can’t it tell the weather accurately? Temperatures are often 5-10 degrees different than actual temps. Every 2 hours doesn’t tell me much, just that odd hours mean nothing. It says 60% chance of rain, but when I look to the hour to even hour it shows me no rain. Moved on to another app. Don’t waste you money on this one. It’s not worth it.
Great, but needs <2 hour intervals
by WillJ22213 on 2019/04/02 10:02
This is the first weather app I've ever paid for, and I really love it. It's got tons of information that other weather apps don't have (wind speed AND gust speed; useful for bicyclists like me), and is more accurate than Wunderground. The only thing it needs is the ability to see forecasts at finer intervals than 2 hours. If it says rain on the 8am line, and the 10am line says clear, does that mean it will rain from 8am-10am? Or will it stop before 9am? Who knows? That really matters because it'll tell me whether I need a rain coat (or can bike) when I leave at 8:30, or not.
This app is all wet...or I am.
by cletts on 2019/04/02 00:15
Since paying and downloading this app, I’ve been caught in the rain a half dozen times. Absolutely useless!
Susie Echols
by Susieiqz on 2019/04/01 21:44
I paid 3.99 for this app and it shows up completely off of the temp of three other weather apps. Even forecast of weather is different from other apps. What is wrong? Waste of my money
Does not load automatically
by Uconn1983 on 2019/04/01 16:22
Always have to like try again when opening
Great app
by MB500AMG on 2019/04/01 01:34
Please, add this things in the next update to make the awesome app - the BEST : 1. Widget dark mode 2. Widget hour-by-hour forecast next few hours 3. Feels like temperature on icon option Thank you !
Used to be excellent. Now hardly ever accurate. What changed?
by brettma on 2019/03/31 03:38
Used to be my go to weather app. Now hardly ever accurate. What changed? Very disappointed.
Ok if it was free
by Bubba-007 on 2019/03/31 03:25
I can’t in good conscience recommend paying for this app and question why I did. I don’t find it any more accurate than other free apps, maybe even less. I just finished walking my dog on a starry night and got an alert “downpour ending soon.” The colors are weird, the information is minimalist. It kinda takes away the users ability to make their own judgement on the forecast. Storm and My Radar are my giro apps.
Worst Radar
by Slarvey on 2019/03/31 00:23
Terrible radar. It barely loads and information is never. Notify developer and told to pound salt.
Non-intuitive and clunky
by YoJoMaMa on 2019/03/30 21:40
I’ve used lots of weather apps. This is the worst. I feel like a sucker for paying for it. It takes days to figure out how to save favorites, is incredibly slow to load, and the interface is simply too hard to read. Add all that to that the fact that the forecasts are inaccurate and you’ve pretty much got garbage.
Getting better
by msbav8r53 on 2019/03/30 18:17
Used to be a five-star app and unbelievably accurate up until about 6 months ago. Then, after a string of poor updates, it was terrible. So much so that I gave it two stars. Possibility of light rain? Really?! It's a torrential downpour! Well, anyway, I think they've fixed some things and the accuracy seems to be improving.
Not even worth it
by Musiklover3000 on 2019/03/30 15:14
Why is it that when I open the app the weather isn’t even updated? I have to keep refreshing the page. And I have the location set to always on, so I thought the weather would be up to date as soon as I open it. The regular weather app that comes on my phone doesn’t give me that problem. I will be deleting this app; when you open a weather app you shouldn’t have to keep refreshing. (One time I forgot to refresh and thought that the weather from hours ago was the weather.) When I open an app there shouldn’t be no extra steps. It should just be there...
Had high hopes for this
by jordynf18 on 2019/03/29 13:35
I really wanted to love this app because it has some amazing features. However, it just isn’t accurate. Like today for example, says 60% chance of rain basically all day from 10am to 5pm on my regular weather app and this app says it’s going to be clear.. and It’s already starting to rain but this app doesn’t say it is. I would seriously love this app if the accuracy was there.
What a horrible app
by KrisKraus on 2019/03/29 06:03
This app literally tells you the opposite of the weather above you.
Went from awesome to awful real quick
by TheKis3r on 2019/03/28 19:10
I used to love this app, had it on Android and was one of the first apps I bought the day I got my iPhone. It used to have great weather details but as of late the data is garbage. The hourly forecast that day will be different from the hourly forecast it shows in the 7 days spread for the same day in the app, it usually doesn't update in the background anymore or when I open the app; have to manually refresh it, and even the data on their website is at odds with what I'm seeing in the app (data on the website is good while it's somehow different and wrong in the app). Does this app use a different API? You'd think it'd be the exact same. The iPhone version also doesn't allow you to tap their bi-hourly forecast to get a true hourly forecast like it does on Android which is also very annoying. The notifications you can create are also limited compared to Android. I liked being able to notify myself the day before it's supposed to snow at all (snow accumulation > 0 inch) so I could grab my work computer but now I can only notify if it's an inch or more on the iPhone app. My car doesn't get around in snow period so having a notification of an inch or more does me no good. The only thing this has going for it is there's not a subscription model. Aside from that I can't recommend this app.
Not great at all
by marlin39a on 2019/03/28 15:45
It used to show my exact location, but now only shows my town. It’s never even close to accurate. Temperatures are often off by 10 degrees. I’m sorry I made the purchase, as it isn’t worth it.
Love this app
by seanmack67 on 2019/03/28 02:13
I have dogs and I like to avoid the rain. This app alerts me when the rain starts but also tells me when the rain will start. I really enjoy this app
Watch Complication
by Oliver1222 on 2019/03/27 07:54
Could you please add an option to swap the positions of high and low temps in the complication? High temp displayed on the left looks a bit odd.
The best weather app I’ve used
by Hsreviewer on 2019/03/27 06:50
I am extremely selective about which apps I install and even more selective about writing review- the fact that I’m writing this review is proof that this app is great! I worry about the business model - I would happily pay $2/month for an ongoing subscription for this app. Great work from Dark sky folks!
What happened to the UI?
by mmmarinaaaaaa12345 on 2019/03/26 19:12
I’ve used Dark Sky for at least 3 years now. I just got the newest update and like a bunch of people have already said, the beautiful interface has completely changed. I am looking forward to trying out some of the new functionality, but am I curious - at least in the case of the UI - why fix what wasn’t broken?
Not Accurate; Excessive Location Services
by Jolly Roger 1 on 2019/03/26 15:51
Based on all of the positive reviews here, I Purchased this app. It was a mistake. The weather is hardly ever accurate and, in order to receive weather alerts, you have to allow the app to use location services “always.“ All of the other weather apps I have used “and they are many“ have only required to use location services “while using the app.“ My go to weather app continues to be “Weather Mate.“
Pretty bad on a watch
by TeeJHooker on 2019/03/26 14:32
I got duped on this one. For the phone it’s ok, but if you’re trying to use the watch app it only works about 50% of the time. If you want to use it on your watch I suggest looking elsewhere.
Terrible UI
by MaybeMilo on 2019/03/24 07:57
The “string of beads” display for temperature, precipitation chances, etc., readings is terrible: where once it was possible to take everything in at a glance, one now has to find the correct time then read across to obtain the measure. A huge step backwards from the original UI. There are other issues, but that’s the most prominent for me. I paid for the premium version before the downgrade, and would be demanding a refund if it had cost me more than a few bucks. I now rarely use this app, but do check it after updates (hoping for a reversion) and sometimes compare its readings with AccuWeather’s, which is now my primary weather application.
Almost 5 stars, missing an important feature
by AlteredBeast86 on 2019/03/23 16:21
Great app, I just wish it had pollen information for us allergy sufferers.
Excellent WatchOS integration
by markremi on 2019/03/23 10:29
I would like to see the “feels like” temp on the watch face instead of the actual temp. On my watch, I really don’t care what the actual temperature is outside, I’m more concerned about “feels like” temp for my outside activities.
Not worth paying
by B_Ross17 on 2019/03/21 17:54
This app has been wrong by the hour so many times for me already that it’s clear the accuracy just isn’t there. I’m writing this after I was told light rain for 2-3 more hours in my exact location only to be hit with a downpour the moment I stepped outside. Weather science just isn’t there yet so this app will give you a false sense of precision.
Not all that accurate
by FrkP on 2019/03/21 17:17
After using this app for a few months in different parts of US, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is 5 stars on graphics and 2 or 3 in accuracy in the short range hourly forecasts. Too many false flags regarding precipitation.
Inaccurate temperature
by chollamiki on 2019/03/21 15:45
I paid for this app because I thought that it would be reliable. But I find that it says it’s cloudy when it’s clear and the temperature is consistently off 5° to 7°. My local weather does a much better job even though it’s not exactly suited to my location.
Keep recommending this to my friends and family, thought I should write a review
by AMSisme on 2018/08/01 11:15
There are very few apps that I actually feel improve my life and I have such high quality and thoughtfulness that I actively recommend them to people. Dark Sky is one of those. In addition to as much accuracy as you can get, it provides hourly predictions, ‘feels like’ options for things like windchill, and one particular feature which actually might have saved my health once or twice: UV Index. I had never even heard of that before but I get sunstroke allllll the time and that feature is fabulous. The hourly precipitation prediction is both attractive and insanely useful in places like New York, allowing you to time a mad dash during a lull in the storm. This app has features that no other application for tracking the weather has: it’s in my top five apps that I use and I use it every day. It works just as accurately in every country that I go to and every state that I go to, all with different types of weather challenges. I just love it. Please keep up the good work, its truly a rare product of worth and quality, like lace, or a pocket watch. Weird analogies but hopefully they get the point across: this app shows craftsmanship, not commercialism.
Not as good as I hoped it would be
by jerryadelore on 2018/06/21 01:08
My favorite app for weather was suddenly not supported any longer. Opening it showed no data. So, I searched for a new one. Dark Sky is not intuitive and the opening page shows me the temperature and if it’s rising or falling. I sort of knew that before I opened the app. It then shows what the conditions will be for the next 16 hours. It also indicates what the sky will look like and in percentages. That’s good. At the bottom of the page there are switches giving you the choice of humidity, UV index, temperature, and wind speed, but it took a few times before I realized that you must scroll down to get the switches. Then, although it doesn’t tell me, you can sweep to the left or right to get more information. To the right, it give you the high and low for the next seven days. Again, okay, but just the temperature. I want see frontal systems, lows and highs. Having been an aviator, weather is important to me. I can’t do anything about it, but I like to be prepared. That left swipe gives me a monochromatic map of the western US. With only light blue blotches. Zooming in on my home, I get somewhat vague images of what appear to be rain - no clouds that I can determine. It’s an okay app, but I find when I pay for a app that is not as good as a free one, I’m irritated. $4.00 isn’t much since there are no ads, but here in the West I want to see where my mountains and deserts are if I am planning a trip to cross the Cascade in the winter.
False Sense of Information, Looks Nice
by Surfandjet on 2017/05/11 15:31
The user interface, cleanliness, and especially being ad free is excellent. The smoothest best looking weather app I've ever used. The information it provides falls short of what it strives for/promises. This app consistently contradicts itself, and changes its forecast on the regular. For instance right now the forecast is light rain (100%) for the next 8 hours, however the hourly graph shows medium to heavy rain now and for at least the next hour, the current weather description says rain, and the map is showing red/orange covering my location and a huge surrounding area. All different. Another example: I've planned my day looking at the forecast that morning, chose to take the motorcycle bc it is supposed to be partly cloudy all day, and then got caught in the rain, to find a totally different forecast for the day an hour later. And this has happened A LOT. To summarize, the different features on the app contradict each other and the website very frequently, and the forecast isn't worth anything because they change it as the weather changes rather than accurately predicting it. Dark sky, stop giving me all this detailed weather forecasting down to the minute as a false sense of knowledge. I had high hopes for this app and over the past few months they have been crushed. I am giving one star because a weather app's aesthetics mean nothing if the forecast is usually wrong and/or misleading.
Good no more
by Commdoor on 2018/10/11 14:00
I liked this app when I first bought it. Then they changed literally everything, taking away all the reasons I bought it in the first place. They gave it a whole new look which is OK once you get used to it. But they are not receptive to ANY suggestions to make the app work for others. They are focused strictly and totally on temperature. I live in Florida where the temperature is always hot. I don’t need anyone to tell me it’s hot out today and it is going to remain hot… I already know that. I’m concerned about rain. The problem is when you change the selection to precipitation, you must do that on literally every screen you go through. If you want to check the days below, you have to change precipitation one day at a time on each & every day. If you scroll to a different city, you have to change precipitation on each and every area you want to look at. I suggested an update where you can choose precipitation as the default rather than default to temperature every screen, or to at least provide the option where once you choose precipitation it stays on that choice while you scroll other days and/or areas. All I ever got was a canned auto response “they forward to the developers.” Followed up two weeks later and got the exact same canned auto response. There is no customer service and they do not listen to any input once thy have your money.
Great for weather, awful on the eyes.
by Bklyn008 on 2018/09/17 23:31
I’ve been using Dark Sky for quite a while and have depended on its accuracy and reliability when I want to know what it’s like outside. But with the last big update, I now find that checking the weather with this app is totally unpleasant. The microscopic fonts, weird little balls with tiny numbers in them that I assume are supposed to indicate data by their position on a horizontal line is not not only esthetically displeasing, it takes more time to figure out what’s going on and what I’m looking for. I don’t want to spend more than a minute to quickly see what the temperature is and if it’s going to rain or now and when. But the visuals are so cumbersome that I find myself getting annoyed every time I open it. Don’t they have any graphic designers that could help with this? I tried downloading various other weather apps and even used the Apple weather app for a while because it’s easy to read. But I admit I trust Dark Sky’s accuracy more than anyone else’s. If they could find someone to redesign it, get rid of those silly black bubbles and wasted white space and make it easy on the eyes I would give it five stars for sure. Fingers crossed someone is listening...
feature request + update feedback
by EmiryB on 2018/09/22 20:58
the main thing that has held me back all these years from making Dark Sky, an otherwise wonderful app, my default weather app, has been the lack of barometric pressure info. I suffer from regular migraines and this is a critical part of weather forecasting for me and many others. please consider adding? that having been said, the “otherwise wonderful” judgment is also based on the old Dark Sky app. this new one claims to have more info and to be easier to use, but I’ve found it to be a dramatically worse in terms of UI/UX. I’ve held off on reviewing until now because I wanted to be fair and make sure it wasn’t just a knee-jerk reaction to change on my part. but no — weeks later and I still have to spend way too much time processing the information presented to me every single time I open the app, whereas before it was intuitive at a glance. again, I very happily paid for this app and have been using it for years without complaint, and would prefer to remain loyal. but right now I’m mostly sticking with it because my other currently-installed options are even worse. that’s not exactly a rousing recommendation. would love it if you’d reconsider, or at least have multiple UI options available to your users.
Promising and gradually improving
by 85ZingoGTR on 2019/03/03 04:57
I decided to try out the app after reading many positive reviews and raves it has received and seeing their API used on Bim360, several NYCLink posts, and a building management system at one of my job sites, telling me its becoming very popular. After trying it out for about a week, I have to say its a very interesting app and a very unique one. The visuals are engaging and the best thing of all is how actively supported and improved it is by its developers (as opposed to Weather Underground which seems to have been abandoned). The only complaint I have about this app is I would like to see icons (or Skycons as you like to call it) for other common weather conditions like thunderstorms and hail. The only icons I see is different degrees of cloudiness, rain, or snow. I believe the accuracy can use some work too. Though the location pinpoint is very good. I think its a promising app though I use it to compliment my TWC and AccuWeather apps as these two are better at giving details and minor alerts like small craft advisories and gale warnings. But Dark Sky makes a nice precipitation notifier which helps alot when I am working on the roof.
Awesome App!!!
by zcoqui on 2017/10/31 08:44
My subject line pretty much covers it. I live in Georgia. Weather here can be anything from the most beautiful sunny day to an absolute nightmare. Weather forecasting has improved by leaps. However, even with the National Weather Service located here they can be sometimes challenged by the timing of these atmospheric changes. Not so with Dark Sky. The precision of the global radar map, which can be almost zoomed in on to my neighborhood and local surrounding area, is by far one of the greatest tools available to assist and help us prepare for any inevitability Mother Nature may have in store for us. From being able to determine my work route, plan and protect my garden to advance preparation for the possibility of tornados, thunderstorms, hurricanes...Well, I am truly amazed. Recently with the catastrophic hurricanes it allowed me to know just what my family was about to experience in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. I was able to communicate with them before the fact to make the necessary arrangements for after the fact. Do yourself a great favor and get this app. You will be pleased, surprised and as grateful as I am. Many thanks and my deepest appreciation to the developers.
Thumbs down since the last major update
by SmittyWerbenmanjensen on 2018/10/03 20:17
What happened to my favorite weather app? Why make it look like every other weather app? Now I usually have to click a “try again” link to launch the app, or it simply hangs on a white screen until I relaunch the app. Edit: Now it thinks I’m always in NYC. It’s not a hardware issue, as other weather apps have no problem launching or finding my current location. Edit v2: Found out two friends also have the NYC issue. Great job. There are some cool new features, and the scroll down to see the upcoming 7 days, with the tap to expand to hourly view for any day within the week, is more fluid. But the experience of getting into the app in the first place, as well as the lame new look of the interface, has me searching for a new app. Edit: I now also feel like the accuracy of the forecast has also taken a major dive. The other day I was looking out the window at rain coming down; I opened Dark Sky to see when the rain would lessen or stop (one of my favorite features), and I was shown “no precipitation in your area”. Today, two other weather apps were giving the same forecast of a front moving in tomorrow with a tremendous temperature drop (from 83 to 59), meanwhile Dark Sky is still showing the earlier forecast of the same warm 80 degree weather for the next day. I have now deleted Dark Sky - RIP
Unfortunate layout changes
by hjw65 on 2018/09/25 15:06
The folks at dark sky touted the new single page format of the app but ignore the fact that users each have their own needs regarding what information is most important to them. The redesigned app necessitates more scrolling for me to get to the information that I am interested in. Additionally, the choice to put the hourly temperatures zigzagging horizontally in an attempt to “helpfully” mimic a bar graph is simply visually taxing. Charts graphing temperature over time conventionally put time across the bottom and temperature varying in height. The vast majority of the public expects that format. Switching the direction around and additionally scattering the actual data (temperature in degrees) by putting it at the variable end of the bar makes it infinitely more difficult to get a quick, clear, idea of the forecasted hourly temperature variations. I’d suggest putting the temperatures back on the left side of the screen, just after the hour and allowing users to customize the order of the modules on their page. These simple changes would go a long way towards easing users pain. St this point I have a hard time bringing myself to open the darksky app on my iPhone. Instead, I’ve reverted to opening darksky’s web page in safari.
Real time accuracy but who needs that?
by Beer Can Chicken on 2018/09/02 20:29
Have had this app for a long time (I actually like the redesign, btw) and it used to be really good at forecasting. Around 8-12 months ago though, the forecasting became horrible. I’m not naive, I don’t expect any weather predictor to be accurate all of the time but it’s nice to know if something like rain is POSSIBLY on the immediate horizon. I play a lot of outdoor sports and this has recently failed me so many times that I’m looking for a better option. real world example: Have softball game at 2:00, check at various times in morning...cloudy but no indication of rain, like not even a 10% chance..... 1:00, same thing. Get in car, drive to game, stop at drug store, leave drug store and it’s pouring out, look at app again and it shows rain for next 3 hours. All of a sudden!? I’m not someone that looks at 7 day forecasts because I don’t believe they’re very accurate but I feel like 1-4 hours should be when the weather is most predictable. I don’t need real time weather, I can look out the window and see the rain. I simply want to be able to know if it MIGHT rain before I get in my car and waste my time. This isn’t an anomaly either, it’s happened often enough that I’m writing a review in hopes that the developers go back to what was working best.
The best!
by asflj on 2018/08/23 01:57
Dark Sky is definitely the most accurate weather forecast app and I have tried many. The new user interface is a bit more complicated, not difficult, just a little more cumbersome. But it’s very easy and intuitive unlike many other apps. I do wish the humidity icon was closer to the temperature icon as it used to be but my complaints are very tiny and because I did like the old interface very much and haven’t gotten used to the new one yet. However it has even more information and has some added text which is nice. I have been recommending it to all of my friends for years and I rely on it totally. I supplement it with NOAA for the detailed special weather conditions like severe thunderstorm warnings for the big picture but for local weather conditions Dark Sky is much more accurate. I also appreciate that one can give feedback on the local weather conditions. It lets you know that it’s going to start raining in half an hour for example. And it is incredibly accurate about that. Whenever possible I always time my walks and errands according to this forecast. All in all a great app!!
At the end of the day not good enough
by tottenhamfan on 2019/02/23 06:57
After using this app as the primary weather app for several months, I decided to delete it. It is just not good enough. It is not accurate. Built in Weather app and Wunderground are much better. One annoying thing is that for some mysterious reason it always shows nearest radar station offline. I even emailed the developers and they dismissed it as “can happen we cannot control it”. I understand it may happen sometimes but if it is happening all the time I suspect something is buggy with the app and how it connects to the radar station. I think this is affecting the accuracy of the app. In many instances it would not show rain or very low percentage for it but it would be raining. And please for the love of it fix this probability thing - hourly rain probability being low but daily probability showing 100%. I understand the math and the reason for it but from a usability point of view it is misleading. At the end of the day app is not delivering the relevant information to the user even though math behind it is correct. If you are simply looking for weather information, I suggest use the Weather app and don’t waste your money. If you need radar information and more fine grained weather forecast, use Wunderground and save your money.
Best weather app out there
by ipanacea on 2017/08/12 01:18
Fantastic weather app and the Apple Watch support is a great bonus. This is my hands down go to weather app I check thirty times a day. Ok, a little exaggerating but you get the idea. The precipitation alerts are so amazingly accurate its like Back To The Future. It'll alert you when rain is about to start, when that rain is going to end, and has beautiful graphs indicating how hard the rain is going to be coming down during those periods. I've used tons of other weather apps and most are just sugar coated graphics that developers have pulled together to not be nerdy developers. Don't waste your money on that stuff. The only other time I reference another weather app, Wx Alert USA, is when we go out sailing and I need more info pertaining to wind speed and direction. That app is the more written description of weather. Dark Sky is far and above anything else out there. Again, the Apple Watch feature takes the cake. You see the graphs and alerts on the watch just as you would on the phone. This app should get a "best of" award from Apple it's so well done.
Demoted "feels like" temperature
by Woodelph on 2019/01/07 04:57
When I was comparing apps, what sold me on Dark Sky was the ability to set the Notification Screen Widget to display the wind chill or heat index, instead of the air temp. I just noticed that they've changed it so that now the air temp is the large easy-to-read number and the temperature that applies to humans is tiny. This is a very disappointing change. That feature was the only reason to choose Dark Sky over other high-quality weather apps, as far as I'm concerned. (I've found the hyper-local forecast to be hit or miss where I am, so have stopped relying on it.) For me, I need to know 3 things about the weather: the wind chill/heat index, if it is going to rain (snow doesn't really change what I wear), and if it is raining is there a risk of it freezing when it hits the ground. So demoting wind chill in the interface and saying it will only be reported "when space allows" is worth knocking two stars off. Otherwise, it's a fast, well-designed app with data as good as any other weather app, and an easy-to use interface, but a bit less detail than something like Weather Bug. If you don't care about the feel temp, this is probably a 5-star app.
Extremely Disappointed with New Update
by Punchbuggie on 2018/08/25 03:32
This has been one of my favorite apps for years! I tell people all the time about how useful it’s been and how much I actually enjoy using it. The accuracy and beautiful aesthetics made it stand out among countless other weather apps. Living in Florida, where it can be raining on one side of town and dry on the other, having a heads up for the always changing weather has been invaluable. My favorite parts of the app have always been the graph detailing how heavy the rain will be for the next hour or so and the notifications for “Light rain starting soon!”. All this being said, the new update is TERRIBLE. At its core, it may have the same or even improved functionality but it’s just so ugly now. The new version crams all the info onto one screen that was once distributed across multiple tabs. The clean, aesthetically pleasing design of the classic version has been replaced by a very generic, black text on white background updated version. As a long time user and enthusiastic advocate for this app, I was highly disappointed with this update. Maybe the developers can give an option for a ‘classic display’ for those of us who would rather things go back to the way they were.
Nice App, Radar Not At All What I Hoped
by Tyson Blake on 2018/05/29 05:07
I have had the app a few hours and so far I'm not crazy about my $3.99 purchase. I read reviews, looked at the photos, and the app description and decided to give it a shot as I was hoping this may be my replacement for my WU Storm app that was stopped by TWC. The overall usability of the app is nice. Easy to follow and set up. The widget is well laid out, too. My big problem is that I did not realize the radar photo preview when I was checking the app out was literally showing the only two functions this apps radar has (Precip/Temp). There are no extra layers/information to add to the map. The Precip function shows rainfall similar to that of other apps (just in different colors), but there are no map layers to show Severe Weather Advisories/Watches/Warnings, Fronts, Storm Tracks, etc. You can opt to get Severe Weather alerts/notifications for your location, but you cannot go to the map and see the Warning on the map in relation to your location. For me, living in tornado alley, that is a BIG DEAL. I'll keep using the app for a few weeks and see what I think about it, but ultimately, I think it will just become another app in my cloud.
This great app just got even greater
by ElegantScience on 2018/08/21 15:46
I have had Dark Sky since it first launched - and became dedicated to it when, in a random moment, I glanced at it while waiting at a red light to cross a street in lower Manhattan, and decided on the spur of the moment to to give it a test when it predicted a big rainstorm in 2 minutes. I stepped out of the street and under the overhang of a nearby building and in exactly 2 minutes a deluge descended on all of those without umbrellas, except me. Done. I was sold and have used it ever since. But now phase II of this great little app. They just launched a really solid and impressively designed/built update that has cured all of its initially quirky UI and other issues. And now I think I will finally trash my other weather apps (e.g., Accuweather and Weather Channel) that I have used as back ups, and which constantly need to be cross-referenced anyway against each other to get an accurate assessment of the weather anyway. Great app. Beautifully done. Excellent new version without getting rid of its soul. Get this app. It’s the best.
I can’t tell you how much I love this app!
by Joe Malzeit on 2018/08/17 04:10
Let me start off by saying that I am a weather app junkie. I am always looking for the newest and best weather app. One that tells me what’s going to happen in five minutes or five hours or five days. I find a weather app and think, “this one is great!” but inevitably I use them less and less because there’s so much information to wade through to get to the weather info I need or want and I always come back to Dark Sky. Dark Sky gives me just as much info as I need in the least complicated way possible. And the information that it gives me is inevitably right on target. Then, when I turn and say to the person next to me that is going to start raining in 10 minutes, and it does, people think I’m psychic or something. Then I show them it is this great app and then they end up buying it and on it goes. Do yourself a favor and get this app. It is fun and accurate and does what all the other apps promise and rarely deliver, which is it makes your life simpler to navigate.
Not against change but....
by dadof5terrors on 2018/10/03 13:14
So I am going to start with, I don’t hate change... except the changes made here. For the longest time I held Dark Sky up as an example of what ui/ux should feel and look like in an app. I have convinced many developer colleagues and friends to adopt using the app. Unfortunately, I no longer feel this way and cannot hold it up on the pedestal it once was on. The ui is awful and feels as if a high schooler made it. The color scheme is way to bright and honestly hard to look at. The data on the screen no longer flows in a simple and quick to find/navigate manner. I can go on and on, but not only has the ui/ux experience changed, but so too has the reliability of the app. I am frequently running into issues where data is multiple days out of sync and I am force killing the app and restarting in order to get up to date data (experienced on multiple iPhones and iOS versions). It also seems as if the map view is hit or miss at best any more, where it is to the point I no longer can rely or use it. Tldr; change is good, I gave this change some time, unfortunately this was not a good change, and a great product went backwards.
Sorry I updated to 6
by love James in Kentucky on 2018/09/14 08:44
Dark Sky used to be the app by which all other apps are judged. With version 6 however, what used to be an at-a-glance app is now cluttered with too much scrolling, too small of text, and functions that are not as readily accessible. Today’s Weather used to occupy the main screen, no scrolling necessary. Switching from Precip % to Humidity to UV Index etc. took merely a tap. Now you have to scroll down to these functions, then scroll side to side to find the function you want, then tap, and then try to read the smaller font and the snaky list of smaller numbers. So much for a quick check of the weather while at work... I applaud Dark Sky for their attempt at a revamp, but regret that the result is the loss of the simple elegance exhibited in previous versions: main screen is today, swipe left for radar, swipe right for the days ahead, and simply tap to change from one type of data to the next. Hope a future version will bring this back and also the easier readability of larger font sizes and numbers that are vertically in line. Could also forgo Feels Like data.
Dr. Dave
by Born-Oppenheimer on 2018/08/26 10:45
I love this app, along with the rest of my family, and we have used it daily for some time now. It provides accurate, real-time weather info and predictions in a very user friendly format. The “global weather radar” function is very useful and clearly illustrates why weather patterns move the way the do across the Earth’s Globe. Other weather apps (& TV Weather reports) often use weather maps utilizing the Earth’s Mercator Projection which distorts the sizes and distances of storms and weather patterns as one moves away from the Equator heading toward the poles. In stark contrast to this, Dark Sky’s “Global weather radar” projected on the curved surface shows that storms, hurricanes, and other weather patterns, move at uniform rate in a consistent patterns all across the globe. On a Mercator Projection map, however, storms and hurricanes seem to rush off the map as they head north away from the Equator in the Northern Hemisphere (or south in the Southern Hemisphere). Sorry “Flat Earthers”, the Earth is an Oblate Spheriod (i.e., The Earth is a Globe, Not Flat)!
New 6.0 version is upsetting
by pshayn on 2018/08/30 22:17
This new version is a far cry from what this beautiful app used to be. There are tons of weather apps out there and what stood out about Dark Sky was the fact that it was simple pretty interface and easy to navigate. The new 6.0 version is a cluster-‘you know what’ of information. Which is cool, because everyone wants to be in power, but at the same time it’s very uneasy on the eyes. Just too much going on. The interface and the look and the feel feels also dated as if it’s a step backwards. It looks like a diluted weather application and doesn’t stand out from the crowd whatsoever. Unfortunately I’m thinking of switching just because this is not what I fell in love with. Sometimes too much information is not a good thing. If they could figure out a better more effective way of delivering that information in a clean interface, then I’m all for it. But rather than having all the info display it at my fingertips, there is just way too much attention that needs to be paid to the app in order to serve and navigate it successfully. If it works so well, then why change a beautiful thing? I really think this was on the step in the wrong direction.
Beauty is only skin deep
by AWolfe_II on 2018/03/04 18:27
Within ten miles of a major tech hub, I expect accurate and current weather information. But as the March 2018 East Coast cyclone was—hopefully—making its last lashes, I was concerned. We’d had power out, nearby injuries and even deaths from the storm. Friday night had seen a domino of falling 65-foot trees leave a 200-foot line of tree wreckage starting 30 feet from my property line, luckily in conservation land. Nor’easters typically finish with strong west winds, which would aim any more falling trees right at my house, my shed, my garage. Clearly the wind was still from the north, and seemed strong and gusty. So I pulled out Dark Sky and checked. It told me my exact location, and that I had 10 mph winds; it doesn’t tell gusts. This was unbelievable. I hit a major web site and it confirmed what I was viewing: steady 18 mph winds with gusts to 39 mph. That’s a huge difference in capacity for damage. Like I said, I am only ten miles from a major city. Dark Sky has given me generic and imprecise weather info for months, but I never looked into it closely. I am removing this app from my phone permanently. I consider its weather information hazardously untrustworthy.
Declined over the years
by phfeenikz on 2018/10/16 22:05
This was the hands-down best weather app a few years ago, but has declined in usefulness recently. It was perfect in every way, especially after it became available on the watch. However, last August they overhauled the interface when there was absolutely nothing wrong with it in the first place. I hate pretty much everything about the new interface. It’s more confusing to look at, some of the fonts are too small, and I preferred swiping to see the maps and long range forecast. Worst of all though is that the watch app no longer works since the August update, and I’ve now reverted to using Apple’s inferior weather app complication instead. The notifications remain super timely though, which was always the feature that differentiated them from all the other weather apps, but given that they no longer appear on my watch I often miss them entirely. I’d still recommend Dark Sky for use on iOS for the timely notifications, but look elsewhere for the time being if you want a working watch app.
In the south we care a lot about the humidity
by Michael094 on 2018/09/21 02:22
Not sure how much of a fan I am of the recent changes to the interface, but this is a pretty awesome app. I spend a lot of time outdoors for work and while it’s about as accurate in the mountains as most weather forecasts in predicting weather, but once it starts raining I think it has always accurately predicted when the rain will intensify and stop. The biggest grip I have with the new interface is how difficult it is to find the humidity (also, don’t tell me it’s humid if the humidity is below 75%, cause that is lovely). It used be be a quick click, but now I have to scroll down and then over on a tiny little menu. It isn’t user friendly, and I live in the south, so the humidity is way more important than the temperature in the summer (we know it’s going to be hot, but will any of our sweat evaporate???). Thanks for a great app. This would be a 5 star review if finding the humidity is made easier or there is an option to go back to the old interface.
Accuracy is not as advertised
by Joelelske on 2019/02/15 15:34
I do not usually write reviews, but I thought others should know before they spend money on an app that is less accurate then the native apple weather app. I purchased it solely based on the good reviews and the misleading info page. Unfortunately, it has been wrong since the app was turned on. As I am standing in my backyard telling my dogs to come in because a downpour had started, the app says light rain in 20 mins. Meanwhile, it is a constant heavy rain for over a couple hours and the app says light rain ending soon. It did not stop. Also, I look ahead in the day to see what time it will rain, apple says 1pm and this app says 7pm? Of course it rained around 2 so both were wrong, but 5 hours off? I don’t mean to be so picky but it hasn’t been right yet and the fact that I spent money on “toy” app led me to write this review. The reason I gave 3 instead of 2 is because it is a nicely put together app with some great features. I just wish it could do what it says it could do. I will be sticking with my free apple app
Mostly Everything to Love
by AJsAWiz on 2017/06/01 13:56
As the title indicates, I love everything about this app except one thing. But first the "good" . . . What sets Dark Sky apart from other weather apps I've seen is the accuracy for precipitation. I can be anywhere and always depend on this for when precipitation when occur and the intensity. So far, for me, it's been accurate 99% of the time! That feature, alone, makes it well worth the purchase. Now, since I cycle a lot it's important to know the wind speed and direction. This is the one place where Dark Sky falls short of my expectations. The wind speed part is fine but it only shows arrows for the wind direction and no compass to show the direction. It would have been nice if the arrows were replaced with N,S,E,W or at the very least included a compass on the screen so you know which direction. If this feature were improved I would have left a perfect 5 star rating. I hope that the developers will improve the wind speed indicators with the next update.
Works well.
by Pasquale-Tamale on 2017/04/19 22:10
I've heard lots of good things about Dark Sky. "It's great. It's awesome." From my perspective it works very well. Is it AWESOME? No. Not really. But it does work. One of the cool features is that it will tell you it will start (or stop) raining in "x" minutes. Usually it will say 8 minutes or some similar small amount of time. Guess what. If I'm outside and it's going to rain in 8 minutes, I could probably guess that it is going to rain soon. Knowing it is going to stop raining in 90 minutes would be great. But it normally gives you a much smaller heads up. So it's not that big of a deal. I do a lot of outdoor activities and I compare Dark Sky to my local weather forecast. The majority of the data is pretty comparable. When you look at the rain forecast... it's hit or miss. Especially if you are looking 2 or 3 days out. Sometimes Dark Sky is more accurate. Sometimes my local weather is more accurate. So is Dark Sky worth it? Sure. The Dark Sky interface is FAR SUPERIOR to my local TV weather app. Dark Sky is easier to use and It has more functionality. I've used a couple of other weather apps and they were not as informative. Maybe there are other good apps out there but this one works just fine. Bottom line? The weather is the weather. Most apps (and local TV stations) are going to be right about the same amount of time. The thing that sets Dark Sky apart is it's interface. It is my go-to weather app.
Thanks for the update
by someCompletelyRandomGuy on 2018/08/22 15:24
I always thought the old UI with the map sliding over like a drawer was spatially confusing, the new UI is much clearer to me. Love the new watch complication too, I used to need a separate complication to show me the current conditions and now it and temp are consolidated into one. Some minor suggestions: it’s not obvious that you can press on the main temp to see additional info like wind speed, maybe adding an (i) button or something would help. Also, I think more information could fit into the 24-hour forecast section, like you did in the 7-day section. And in the bottom bar Notifications and Report are (for me) much less often used than Forecast or Map, so maybe those can be moved elsewhere and instead the 7-day view could get its own tab. It would also be nice to allow you to swipe left and right to switch tabs (except Map of course).
Uncannily accurate
by Doud_in_FtC on 2018/07/01 00:32
This app is amazingly consistent at timing the start or stop of drizzle/rain/downpour events. My reaction the first time I got the alert “Drizzle will start in 2 minutes” was “uh huh, sure.” But, that time and many times since, I found I need to pay attention to its alerts. The app’s data are certainly not infallible at predicting precip events, but the app frequently gives you the sense that it can predict the future with eerie accuracy. This is an extremely handy feature in the summer in Colorado, where “if you don’t like the weather, just wait 15 minutes.” Like any other weather app, Dark Sky is competent at reporting the current temperature and predicting temperature and RH. And it has a wonderfully simple and intuitive interface. Given its name, though, it is clear that the app really shines at predicting and alerting about precipitation events, with high accuracy and resolution measured in minutes.
Waste of money...
by Cainusrising on 2019/04/10 12:19
I bought this app because of the high ratings and everyone saying how accurate it was. I live in Asheville and it is seemingly very hard to forecast the weather for. I have downloaded 7 or 8 free apps for weather, but this one I bought because of its reputation and the fact that I couldn’t find a trial version. This was a mistake. This app is never correct to what my weather is currently doing or what it is going to do. In fact, it is usually off more than all the other apps. It is usually off by 5 degrees, and if it is currently raining it says it’s partly sunny. Lol. Honestly, it’s a little comical at how wrong it is on a constant basis. I have started showing how wrong it is to my friends when I am out and we have laughed so hard that one labeled the app “Dark Lie” due to its inaccuracy. It would be more hilarious if I hadn’t spent $ on it. Also, I was able to add a few cities to it as I travel often, but now it seems I cannot. Not sure what happened. I am deleting the app after this. I downloaded the free Weather Channel app and in the last 3 months I have noticed it is WAY more accurate than Dark Lie.
good for up to the minute forecast
by Awbagley on 2017/07/10 02:15
I walk to work, and Dark Sky's up to the minute rain predictor ("light drizzle in 10 minutes") is GREAT for helping determine when to head home without getting caught in the rain. It's also good for places that have rapid fluctuations in weather, e.g. going to the beach, where "30% chance of rain" is the forecast EVERY DAY. Finally, I have successfully used Dark Sky to accurately determine what to wear when traveling to a new place. The temperature range indicator is so much more helpful for determining what clothes to pack without reading each day's forecast. However, I have noticed lately that Dark Sky tends to err on the side of predicting rain even if it might not rain, which can be frustrating until you realize it will say rain even if there is a 2 or 3% chance of rain falling somewhere in your area that day. This is especially common during the summer when thunderstorms can pop up literally at a moment's notice, or localized rain might mean Dark Sky says it's raining when it's actually not in your exact location (but might be down the street). However, I'll take a couple of days looking dumb because I brought an umbrella for seemingly no reason, over frustration that I got caught unprepared. Great app, nice interface. Highly recommend if you want a weather app that is helpful and looks good.
OverRated
by Jimmut on 2018/01/07 23:14
I figured with this being the number 1 weather app it would be amazing. I am into weather and run a weather page on FB so I know my way around weather apps and utilities. I find the interface on this app not well laid out. There isn’t much to this app. I guess its main purpose is to tell you if it’s rain or snowing and for how long. You can set up very limited alerts but they require you to enable GPS always on your phone. I notice my gps symbol would stay on no matter what even after closing the app. I don’t like any app to constantly use my gps so I set it to only use gps when using app like other apps I have. That fixed the constant gps symbol but now the app complains and turns off all alerts. I guess this app is ok if you like a basic weather and alert information. There is way better weather apps and even some free ones better than this. I prefer the app storm which has a much better layout and way more information. If I could get a refund I would but I guess it could be buyers remorse as I expected so much more.
Apple Watch App Broken
by Sellador on 2017/10/17 00:00
Update I thought they might have finally fixed this, nearly a year later, because they say they did in the release notes. No they didn’t. The complication still just shows their logo and not the actual temperature. This has carried over from my Series 2 to a new Series 3 watch, so it’s not the watch. It’s a good app for the iPhone, though. Original Review The iPhone app is excellent, and the Apple Watch app used to be, but has been broken since December 2016. Starting with an update at that time, the complication no longer shows the temp, but just the Dark Sky logo (intermittently). At the time, I emailed asking them about it, and they said they were working on it and asked me to be patient. I really would have thought that they could have sorted it out by now, so I have lost patience. The lack of the complication really reduces the value of the app. If you don't have an Apple Watch, get this app. If you do, and want to use this on the watch, then you may want to give it a pass until they finally do fix the complication issue.
A Great, Great Weather App! It’s missing one crucial element!
by Lisalisa110 on 2018/04/24 14:51
The App NEEDS to offer Color Customization! Just a few color themes, nothing complicated. For me the All White background is just too much. I do have a sensitivity to light, bright light especially. The affects of sudden bright white light, a camera flash, very bright days leave me squinting like mad. So many times I’ll wake at night wanting to check the weather. This app is almost as bright as the flashlight app. It certainly lights up the room from the tiny screen. If you could add a few color theme options I’d use the App the way I had intended to. Nothing needs to change on the Earth page, just the pages that are bright, bright, white. Thanks and I do hope you will agree to add this option and without asking us to pay more. Remember your buyers, their happiness breeds loyalty. Your buyers/Users are the Bedrock of your Foundation. Without them things begin to crack, weaken and before you know it they’ve gone away leaving you with attempts at shoring up the foundation, trying this and that. All could have been avoided, remained strong and resilient if only the end user, product purchaser was heard loud and clear. He/She May have brought along a few friends and so on. You just kept on growing because you knew deep down it’s the customer who is still with you, they are the bedrock that keeps your foundation fault free and strong.
Decidedly Better Than Stock Weather App
by CopperRaven on 2018/03/21 17:40
I bought Dark Sky after my frustration with the stock Weather app reached its pinnacle. I really like the clean and simple interface compared to the utter chaos in other weather apps, and I especially appreciate the lack of advertising. Once in a while the precipitation information can be inaccurate, but that’s just Northern Colorado for you, where it can literally be raining on one block, and be sunny on the next... or snowing, there’s just no way that can ever be perfect. I travel a lot and I like the simple switching of locations so I know what to pack. The Apple Watch app can sometimes be slow to refresh, but I’m not sure that’s not an issue with with Watch OS in general. The animated globe view can be slow to download all the overlays, but that’s honestly just a flashy feature and not something I use but every once in a while.
Best radar by far.
by forbiddenfruitIII on 2017/12/15 22:28
If you drop a few bucks on this app you will not regret it. I've been through all the other apps but this radar is the top of the line. I use it daily and if you need to know anything about the weather in your area this is your app. This is not full of the fluff that other weather apps have like videos of people's pets and stuff like that, just the weather and forecast. I love it and so will you if you try it. Update: as of late, the location has never been accurate. It says I’m in a town 20 mi north of me so the weather forecast is useless. Looks like its time to uninstall and ask Apple for refund. Sure its all pretty and stuff but how can I rely on a weather app that has my location wrong. I can look out the window for free. Its a shame but I will get over it. “My RADAR” is always on point so that’s what I get for being unfaithful.
Made me a believer
by School of Thought on 2018/12/11 12:01
Let’s face it-most all weather apps do the same thing. Seeing the ‘word ‘hyperlocal’ kind of makes me want to roll my eyes....BUT this thing totally works as advertised. I live in the lightning strike capital of America, SE Florida. Look it up, I’ll wait.... anyway we can have 5-6 different types of weather in one afternoon, and this app is on point in letting me know what’s going on where I am. If you’re driving and your weather is changing, it alerts you. How cool is that!? It’s really fun to tell your wife ‘it’s gonna rain in a few minutes’ and she says ‘are you sure I don’t see rain clouds’ and sure enough, it rains. Strap on your jetpacks, cause the future is here, boys and girls. And, if you’re studying meteorology (shouldn’t that reference asteroids instead of weather?🤔 ) you may want to consider switching majors unless you are really captivating, cause this app rocks.
What a shame!
by Ozman64 on 2018/09/17 23:40
I waited a couple of weeks to critique the new update. I must admit that I still like the older functionality better. And it’s not because one is resistant to change. But putting that aside, my biggest problems are twofold: 1. The app does not jump immediately to the current location as it always did. I have to force load it, and on top of that it stays put no matter where I go. 2. I have set Dark Sky as the weather complication on my Apple Watch as well as my default weather app. It used to show me the temperature based on the current location. I also told that rain was coming. It wowed my golfing buddies and many of them bought the app for this reason. It sold itself! The new format took away that functionality and all I get in the complication is whether it’s cloudy or sunny, which I can tell by just opening my eyes. If I’m doing something wrong I would appreciate the correction but if not, please return the app to its former great functionality. I am almost ready to go back to Yahoo Weather. Thank you
Used to be great- bitd
by jacksonoreilly on 2018/04/16 22:21
When this app first appeared it was amazingly accurate in prediction. Then, 3 or 4 years ago something happened - it suddenly became undependable/inaccurate. For a couple years I kept hoping it would get good again, but rarely bother looking at daily predictions anymore - I’ve found WU Storm to be much better. No idea what happened but others have reported the same thing. Alas, I keep the app for its globe - it works well, and I’ve learned a lot about weather patterns worldwide also. I do wish I could control the speed of the radar/satellite images, and also, when zooming in/out screen I’d like the option of selecting either hourly or daily view at any zoom at my discretion; similarly for the temperature globe. Another wish for the globe: that countries/cities names’ be selectable by language- I can’t read Arabic, for instance, but would like to know what country I’m looking at. Can’t the globe use Google Earth for locations, for instance, or is the premium too high?
No reason for this app
by Mndance165 on 2019/03/19 03:36
What made this app so different and famous was it’s emphasis on predicting what the exact weather, particularly rain or snow, was going to be within the next hour or so...that was it’s main purpose and made it so different from all the others... Now in latest app they minimize that vital feature, hide it almost, with small fonts and make it hard to see in the clutter and with very minimum detail...so this app now appears like all the rest...nothing special, a dime a dozen...no reason not to use all the better general weather apps out there...bad move! Suggestion to the developers...emphasize what you use to do best...enhance your best feature...tell us in a bold and in a more detailed way what the precipitation will be as we plan to go outside in an hour or so...stop being a generalist...and get back to your specialty of the past...this app is going in the wrong direction...get back to what made you special! Predict the weather in the most detailed way you can for the coming hour or two...then you’ll have an app that stands out from the crowd...
If It Ain’t Broke....
by mthavard on 2018/10/28 05:35
Please give us the option to go back to version 5. It actually worked, made sense, and was accurate.. PLEASE.... The Dark Sky 5 we all had before this complete Embarrassment excuse for an app, WAS an awesome app. It WAS, and I stress “WAS” my only app for weather. I deleted all the rest. I referred soo many people to this app and even gifted it. Paid app or not, as soon as I find something better, which shouldn’t be too hard now...DELETE... I would bet all my money that 99% of previous users are applauding this review. Why did you have to screw this app up so badly when it was almost Flawless. I mean, Seriously? I rarely will review an app. It has to be 6 stars to get a review or less than (0) zero, which this awful nonfunctional app is. All that bragging I did. OMG, words can’t even describe how bad this app is, at least not words I can use in a review. I so Disgusted. If you want examples, just open the app and there it is. Do your company a favor and Change it back, you will get your loyal customers back who made you big by word of mouth and good reviews. NIKE.. Just Do It.
Must Read - Don’t be Fooled - Save Yourself $4
by jsp1ns on 2018/10/10 20:53
I read many of the great reviews about dark sky and was tired of poor rendering and ads on other apps, so decided to purchase. After months of use, including the recent update, I’m extremely disappointed with the app functionality and accuracy. This app has no idea what the weather will be and they constantly change same day predictions. In addition, the radar is slow to load and you can only see radar movement either zoomed extremely far out in a blue blob, or close up with only radar history, which basically makes the radar pretty but useless. I was expecting the ability to toggle different types of maps, but there are only two (temp and precipitation). Other free weather apps I’ve used have an array of options (i.e. seeing pressure on the map, radar, satellite, showing user reports, etc), so this was very disappointing. Overall, as someone who rarely purchases apps, my feeling is that this was not worth the $4, and I’ve actually lost functionality and flexibility available on other free apps.
I love it but asking for a few changes
by vivasuzi on 2018/09/25 13:41
I love this app. It’s the first time I took the plunge and paid for a weather app. After my fav app went away, I hunted around and tried a bunch until I found this one. I like all the changes in the most recent updates. There are two things I think could be improved. 1- I’d like to see the weather arrows on the map. They show on the mini map but not when you click to view the full radar. The direction of the storm makes a huge difference in what amount of rain we will get. And 2- I wish the date would show next to the days for the future forecast. Sometimes I have plans based on a date and I get a little lost remembering if that date is a fri sat sun etc. Showing the date would make a huge difference. Overall I’ve found this app to be fairly accurate. It loads fast and it’s easy to see the forecast fairly quickly.
Finally a weather app with a nice clean interface.
by Jeff9876543210-1 on 2018/05/19 19:49
I used Garmin's now defunct "My-Cast" for years due to its simple and clean interface and (initial) accuracy. This app serves as a nice replacement. Loving it so far! Update 1: This app used to be very accurate and reliable. This past winter the snow forecasts were way off, and now the app and widget both seem to have a lot of bugs. I have lowered my rating from 5 to 3 stars. Update 2: The widget location does not stay synchronized with the app location. I just got a notification while sitting in my car that rain was stopping in 2 minutes. It was not raining, but it started raining a couple minutes later. The app showed my my current location but the widget was providing weather for a manually entered address. The only way to change the widget (I didn’t reboot) was to delete the address from within the app. Now the widget is stuck on Current Location regardless of what address I have selected in the app.
Amazing, not necessary
by Buckeyefan123 on 2017/12/01 09:43
This app combines all the things I look for in an app, minimalism, fluidity, and gorgeous design. Working inside the office or a coffee shop and seeing a notification that it will begin raining soon is amazing. It is the best weather app out there. Only issue is you can get relatively the same information for free from other apps or even stock iOS weather. The Ugly: Not to much to say here. I wish they would implement different theme options, especially a dark theme. At times the globe can be glitchy even on the new iPhone generation. Bottom Line: Treat yourself to an app that will go much longer for your day-to-day life than your $4 espresso. This app is also crazy accurate and helpful with the notification options. I have not regretted buying this app and I have only bought one or two apps the past couple years.
Latest updates
by DJ Asson on 2018/08/25 16:43
I liked how accurate this app used to be. It’s mostly good still but seems to ramp up on temperature more quickly than is occurring at my location (based on Apple’s weather app and an outdoor digital thermometer in the shade). It eventually gets back in sync and it’s only one or so degrees F off during temp rises in morning. The new interface is a little confusing, but change is sometimes good and I remember the clamor when it changed from its original to the previous version. Same type of comments. I’m willing to give it a try and am sure I’ll like it. One big problem is load time. The last two small updates have increased the load time of the display (blank) up to about 10-11 seconds. That’s unacceptable and when the new interface rolled out, it was just a second or two. I think the small updates were for Apple Watch. Don’t have one and so not sure why my app on my phone and iPad are so significantly impacted.
Used to be my go-to weather app, hope it will be again
by M.Connors on 2018/09/11 12:20
Dark Sky was my go-to weather app for awhile, but this latest update has severe flaws. While many are critical of the new UI, I’m less concerned about that than I am the complete loss of accurate weather data (I’m also a confounded why for a UI change Jackadam would need to alter their data collection or delivery accuracy). Gone are the advanced warnings for approaching rain. I now typically get a rain notifications *after* it has begun to rain, if I get a notification at all. Even more annoying than removed notifications is that the weather data upon opening the app won’t even show rain while it *is* raining. I emailed the developers on 8/24 on the lack of notifications and accurate data and received a reply stating: “Thanks for reaching out. We've become aware of the issue and will be rolling out a fix soon.” Since that time there have been to updates without a fix. The location auto-refresh is also broken which forces users to either open the location entry screen and tap “current location” or change locations and change back to update the weather data from the last time the app was opened. While the new UI will take some getting used to, that is just a learning curve situation. The new tendencies mentioned above for inaccurate data and a lack of notifications have removed 2 of the prime reasons I used Dark Sky and made the app nearly useless for me. Hopefully, the developers will indeed roll out a fix soon.
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