Dark Sky

Dark Sky 2015-03-15

No permission to buy ($3.99)
Dark Sky can tell you at a glance exactly when it will rain (or snow) up to an hour in advance, so you’re free to walk the dog or run out to lunch and know you’ll stay dry. You can also explore the most beautiful weather animation you’ve ever seen, both forward in time or back.

Using GPS, Dark Sky is able to create forecasts for your precise location, giving you minute-to-minute predictions for the next hour and detailed forecasts for the next day and week.

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.

Dark Sky can send you an alert before it starts raining at your exact location. Even if you haven't opened the app in days, Dark Sky will know when you're in the path of a storm.

The Dark Sky Notification Center Widget tells you at a glance what's going to happen in the next hour, so you don't even have to unlock your phone to quickly check the weather before heading out.
Steve Miller
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Good weather app for people who really need to know when it's going to rain. Its rain forecasts are usually quite accurate, although they can degrade in accuracy in areas too close or too far from radar sites, or when clutter is not removed by the software. Due to limited data sources, the rain forecasts will only work in the US, parts of Canada covered by NWS radars, and the British Isles. As raw model data is used in the 7 day forecasts the accuracy can suffer in situations where the models fail, but overall they are generally accurate. As a bonus, the fact that the app is paid means that there is no need for intrusive ads or location tracking by third parties, something which the developers take pride in (especially the second part, as seen at https://blog.darksky.net/location-privacy/)