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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Explore weather in the past or future. Choose a date and see historical weather data or future predictions based off of seasonal averages.

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.

 $3.99 in iOS App Store


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Version History

Launched Apr 16, 2012 (over 7 years ago).

Releasing new versions every about 1 month, on average.

Jun 19
Version 6.4.2

- Fixes a few issues that would cause errors when loading your current location.
- Fixes an issue that caused notifications to be sent for old locations.

May 30
Version 6.4.1

- Custom notifications are now enabled when created
- Added Do Not Disturb settings for push notifications
- Fixed an issue causing 24 hour time to not be working properly on watch complications
- Fixed an issue causing Apple Watch locations to be out of date
- Fixed an issue causing out of date forecasts on launch
- Fixed an issue causing VoiceOver to break on forecasts

May 01
Version 6.4

You can now share forecasts and long press hourly timelines to see every hour.

Mar 15
Version 6.3.3

- Fixed a few bugs to make interactions faster and smoother in the map view
- Fixed disappearing colors of extreme temperatures on watch complications

Mar 08
Version 6.3.2

- Fixes an issue causing internet connection and location errors.
- Wind icon spins in the correct direction.
- Dark mode bug fixes.

Mar 04
Version 6.3.1

- Fixed an issue that caused saved locations to occasionally disappear
- Fixed an issue with Daylight saving time and the Time Machine
- Fixed a few layout issues for devices set to very large text sizes

Feb 25
Version 6.3

- Hourly precipitation rates
- Daily precipitation totals
- More readable text sizes throughout the app
- Integration with system Text Size settings
- Fixes an issue causing overlapping text
- Fixes for Today widget location errors

Feb 07
Version 6.2

- Dark Mode!
- A lot of bug fixes.

Jan 09
Version 6.1.5

- Watch forecast design update

Nov 19
Version 6.1.4

- Daily snow accumulation totals

Nov 12
Version 6.1.3

- Support for new all-screen iPad Pro

- Watch complications scheduling
- Precipitation intensity settings for next-hour notifications
- Approximate sunrise/sunset rounding
- Map playback slider DST bug

Oct 22
Version 6.1.2

- Location bug that shows current location in New York
- Complication crashes on watchOS 3 and 4

Oct 11
Version 6.1.1

- Forecast now caches most recent GPS location

Oct 05
Version 6.1

- New Apple Watch complications for Series 4 Infograph and Infograph Modular faces
- Siri Shortcuts for checking the current forecast, UV index and upcoming precipitation

Oct 01
Version 6.0.6

- Overzealous map refreshing

Sep 17
Version 6.0.5

- Pull to refresh forecast
- Improved forecast auto-refreshing

- VoiceOver support for Today View
- Watch complication updates

Sep 06
Version 6.0.4

Apple Watch improvements:
- Utility complications now include temperature
- Snappier location and forecast refreshing

- Saved locations reordering

Aug 31
Version 6.0.3

- VoiceOver support for hourly forecast
- Forecast automatic refreshing
- Jumbled Today View widget

Aug 24
Version 6.0.2

- Apple Watch location updating
- Improved location search

Aug 21
Version 6.0.1

- Location search returns more detailed place names
- Weather map automatically finds your current location

Aug 20
Version 6.0

Dark Sky 6.0, rewritten from the ground up

Apr 12
Version 5.3.8

Updated severe weather notifications

Feb 24
Version 5.3.7

Fix for unreliable precipitation notifications

Feb 20
Version 5.3.6

Improved map performance and stability

Jan 31
Version 5.3.5

Improved rain and snowfall accumulation graph

Jan 04
Version 5.3.4

Updated map controls for iPhone X

Nov 03
Version 5.3.3

Update to support the new iPhone X.

Oct 20
Version 5.3.2

- A fix for a Location Services bug on iOS 10 and lower, which was caused by the previous update which included a fix for a Location Services bug in iOS 11.
(I'm not making this up, and apologies for all the updates!)

Oct 19
Version 5.3.1

Fixing a pesky Location Services bug (whereby the app wouldn't update the location properly for the purpose of sending weather notifications).

Oct 16
Version 5.3.0

- Fix for Widget layout issue in iOS 11
- Fix for complication reloading issue on Apple Watch
- Misc other small things and whatsits.

Apr 18
Version 5.2.9

- Fix for Widget crashes / wonky updating
- Fix for occasional Apple Watch complication update issues
- VoiceOver improvements
- Other misc. bug fixes and tweaks

Dec 19
Version 5.2.7

- Squashed some widget UI glitches
- In the timeline, snow is now a different color from rain to help differentiate the two
- Fixed the next-hour wobbly graph on iPhone 7 and iPad Pro
- Fixed notification sound effect
- More aggressively clearing map cache to keep app size reasonable
- Watch-not-updating-properly fixes

Oct 12
Version 5.2.6

- Updated the map base layers, including new vector city labels.
- Reigned in how often the widget updates / requests new forecast data.
- Attempt to fix Apple Watch data refresh issues.
- Rich notifications now respect your unit selection.
- Other minor stuff.

Oct 03
Version 5.2.5

- Bug fixes
- Bumping version number so it's no longer prime.

Sep 24
Version 5.2.3

Another bug fix update:

- iOS 10 UI bug fixes
- iPad UI fixes
- Fixed a problem with the Apple Watch sometimes not uploading properly
- Other stuff

Sep 20
Version 5.2.2

- Various bug fixes (What's a major new iOS release without a subsequent frantic bug fix update?)

Sep 13
Version 5.2.1

iOS 10 update!

- Fancy new visual notifications:
- Pull down on a Dark Sky notification to see a detailed and pretty next-hour graph.
- Out with "Rain starting soon!" text and in with the more useful "Rain starting in 12 min, stopping 25 min later"
- One less reason to bother opening the app!

- Lock Screen Widget:
- Current conditions
- Next hour hyperlocal forecast & graph
- Forecasts for each of the next five days
- One less reason to bother opening the app!

- Apple Watch
- Mostly behind-the-scenes improvements to make loading quicker and notifications snappier.

- A basket-full of bug fixes (although, no promises that I didn't just introduce a bunch more).

Thanks for supporting Dark Sky! If you find it useful, and like what we're doing, please consider rating the app!

Jul 21
Version 5.1.7

Bug squishing:

- Fixed a bug that caused repeated nags when Location Services are disabled
- Map UI tweaks / bug fixes
- Some minor VoiceOver fixes
- Fix an issue with deleting locations
- Fixed an issue with dew point reporting incorrectly with Celsius units

Mar 15
Version 5.1.4

This one's another bug fix update. No biggy.

- Added link to FAQ / Support in Settings.
- Added "hail" to the list of things you can report to us.
- Added a delete button to location search items, since seemingly no one knows about swipe-to-delete.
- Added option to view "Feels Like" temperature on Apple Watch, plus some Watch bug fixes.
- Other miscellaneous stuff.

Dec 19
Version 5.1.2

- Fixing bug in Apple Watch app that caused it to hang for an unreasonable amount of time on launch.
- Misc other bug fixes.

Dec 08
Version 5.1.1

Bug fixes, that's about it.

(If you're the type of weirdo who gets excited by bug fix updates, and you're a fan of Dark Sky, consider rating the app! Remember: every time you rate an app, an angel gets its wings. 'Tis the season.)

Nov 24
Version 5.1

- Layout tweaks (adding Notifications button to main screen, adding an explicit search button to the location bar because family members kept complaining they didn't know you could search for different locations, etc)
- Apple Watch bug fixes
- Misc bug fixes

Oct 01
Version 5.0.6

Just a boring 'ol bug fix update.

Sep 23
Version 5.0.5

Fixes a bug for Apple Watch that caused an erroneous "location unavailable" error.

Sep 21
Version 5.0.4

1) WatchOS 2.0 Support, including Dark Sky complications!

Complications show the current conditions, when rain will start or stop in the next hour, and intelligently display other weather info based on any custom alerts you have set (For example, if you've created a UV Index alert, some complications will display the UV index if it exceeds your threshold). All right on your watch face!

The future is now*!

2) Major revamp of our notification system. It's mostly behind the scenes, but if you notice any unusual behavior please let me know! adam@darksky.net

3) Minor improvements and bug fixes:

- Added precip probability to vertical timeline labels
- Set it to always reveal the next-hour graph by default (but you can still hide it by tapping it)
- Fixed a location bug that caused the incorrect address to be displayed
- Other buggy stuff you don't need to worry about

* (This statement is tautologically incorrect and in no way represents the views or opinions of The Dark Sky Company, LLC.)

Jul 31
Version 5.0.3

- Made map loading smarter, reducing data usage and improving load times.

- Fixed Apple Watch loading bug that would sometimes cause the display to be blank.

- Fixed bug that was occasionally causing location names to display funkily (Am I allowed to adverb "funky"? Or should it be "...to display in a funky manner"?).

- Lowered threshold for "Feels Like" temperature to appear.

Jul 16
Version 5.0.2

A bug fix update:

- Some users were reporting that their location wasn't always updating properly. This has been fixed.

- Fixed some minor issues with government-issued severe weather alerts.

- The next-hour wobble chart decided not to wobble. I've had a talk with it, and it promises to do better from now on.

- Lots of other little stuff.

Jun 28
Version 5.0.1

The Developer Walk of Shame: a bug-fix update after a major new release.

This one fixes crashing for UK users, layout issues, broken doodads, and misaligned whatsits.

Jun 17
Version 5.0.0

This is a big honkin' update!

- Brand new layout, with a detailed hour-by-hour timeline for the next 24 hours (and for each of the next 7 days).

- Advanced Notifications: In addition to providing down-to-the-minute rain alerts for the next hour, you can now create custom alerts covering the next 24 hours for things like temperature, precipitation, snow accumulation, wind, and more. We'll also push severe weather alerts from the government weather service.

- A new weather reporter, so you can provide feedback on what exactly is happening out your window.

- iPhone 6 users can opt in to have their phones automatically provide us with pressure sensor data. This has the potential to dramatically improve our short-term forecasts in the future.

- Significant speed improvements when launching the app.

- UV Index. Because it's summer, and you need to protect your delicate skin.

- Landscape on the iPad (even my wife was complaining about that one).

Apr 20
Version 4.3.4

This one's a tiny little update:

1) Tweaks to the Today Widget (it now shows actual temperature rather than Feels-Like temperature, and I've removed the "Open in Dark Sky" button since everyone knows you can just tap the widget to launch the app).

2) Apple Watch bug fixes.

Mar 29
Version 4.3.3

- Fixes a bug where the app would repeatedly nag you to turn on Location Services. We don't need your location if you don't want to provide it. Sorry about that!

- Fixes a bug in the Apple Watch version... Yes. Yes, that's right... We're fixing a problem in a version of the app none of us can even use yet.

Mar 26
Version 4.3.1

- Support for Apple Watch. We've redesigned Dark Sky from scratch to fit on your wrist. (It's the year 2015, and yet we don't have flying DeLoreans or hoverboards. But you know what? We're sure as hell going to have a watch that can tell the future. So there's that.)

- Boring bug fixes.

Nov 10
Version 4.2.2

- Bug fixes
- Some improvements to VoiceOver support. (I'm still not 100% satisfied with it. As someone who doesn't use VoiceOver, I'm flying a bit blind here [haha, a little vision-impairment humor for you]. If you use VoiceOver and have suggestions on how to improve accessibility, I'd love to hear it. Shoot an email to: adam@darkskyapp.com)

Oct 31
Version 4.2.1

- For our UK users: the temperature in the widget now respects your choice of Celsius. God save the Queen!

- Various widget layout fixes. You'd think a simple line of text wouldn't have layout issues, would you? Welcome to my world, friend.

- A few other relatively minor tweaks.

Oct 20
Version 4.2

- iOS 8 Today Widget for a quick glance at the next hour's weather.
- Better, more detailed base maps that let you zoom all the way down to your neighborhood.
- Improved map loading that is way faster and less buggy.
- iPhone 6 optimized layout.
- Overhaul of the current condition graphics, with the addition of clearer humidity and pressure dials.
- Lots of little bug fixes and design tweaks.
- Pumped Up the Jam by at least 20%.

And with that, I'm off to take a nap. Don't forget to rate the app!

(P.S. Still no landscape mode for the iPad. Please don't hate me. I'm so so tired.)

May 21
Version 4.1.2

- Disabling Location Services will no longer cause the app to yell and curse at you.

- Fixed a problem where the app would occasionally report rain when there wasn't any (most often at night).

- Fixed an erroneous warning of notifications being disabled.

- Some minor bug fixes that, as a coder, are too embarrassing to list.

Apr 29
Version 4.1.1

Fixes a notification bug introduced in the previous update... which fixed a notification bug. It's like Russian dolls in here.

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