Dark Sky Weather

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Description of App

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.

Version

6.4

Free or Paid

Paid

Apple Watch Support

Yes

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

iOS Version

12.1

Accessibility Comments

AppleVis Editorial Team Note: We have changed the accessibility ratings based on the latest comments from our users. As of 6.2 is it is no longer fully accessible. Please keep us posted so that we can keep this entry up to date.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.

Other Comments

If you are looking for an app that will alert you ahead of time if there is rain or snow in your area, I would highly recommend this one for you.

Developer's Twitter Username

@DarkSkyApp

Recommendations

4 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Musicruz 3 years 5 months ago

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Comments

Submitted by cuddle_kitten84 on Monday, March 25, 2013

Hi, i can't find this app in the UK app store. Does it support UK weater? i've typed in Dark Sky, Dark Sky Weather with absolutely no luck.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

In reply to by cuddle_kitten84

Hello there, Unfortunetly, I don't think it is available outside of the United States. There is a small blurb with in the description about the app that has the following statement. "NOTE: Dark Sky currently supports the United States, including Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico." So sorry about that. HTH

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Thursday, June 6, 2013

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team
As of the latest version of 3.0. It is now available in the UK and Ireland. There is a mention in the description that it now support the following countries: Dark Sky currently supports the United States, including Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico and the UK, Ireland, and surrounding areas.

Submitted by Arctic Alpha on Thursday, June 6, 2013

There are some improvements in Voice Over Accessibility in V3.0.1. This App is great for predicting local weather and I use it regularly to determine travel options based on weather conditions and it works great, especially with it notifications turned on. Still not the easiest app to navigate with Voice Over, but most everything is labeled now and with some exploring it is very usable.

Submitted by David Goodwin👨‍🦯 on Thursday, June 6, 2013

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team
It's worth noting that VoiceOver users cannot access all of the options for push notifications. Currently, we can only toggle these on and off. On the same page as this toggle switch, is a button labeled 'Settings', which VoiceOver does not recognise. Tapping on this button takes you to a screen where you can disable notifications for a specific time period during the day and set the notifications threshold. The latter allows you to set what level of precipitation that you want to receive alerts for (ranging from sprinkling to heavy precipitation). By default, this appears to be set to 'Light Precipitation'. So, unless you get sighted help, this is what you are going to be stuck with. I did try using VoiceOver on this settings page, but it goes away as soon as VoiceOver is turned back on. Considering that these push notifications are probably the main reason that you would buy this app, I would say that not having access to these settings is a rather fundamental accessibility fail. Also, when viewing the temperature forecasts, there are 4 time periods, but VoiceOver only reads the data for 3 of these (even though all 4 are visually displayed). In my case, it is the temperature range for the following 3 hours which is currently not being read. I don't know if this will change as the 4 time periods update to reflect the time of day (they are currently - 1. the following 3 hours, 2. this afternoon, 3. this evening and 4. overnight). When viewing the full day forecast, there is a block of text encouraging you to submit data on the current weather conditions at your location and saying that you need to shake your device to access this option. VoiceOver does not read this text and shaking your device does not appear to work whilst VoiceOver is enabled. By toggling VoiceOver off, I was able to get this to work. However, the screen where you select the current conditions is announced by VoiceOver as just a series of unlabelled buttons.

Does this app follow you and monitor your current location to give you alerts according to where you are, or do you have to enter your location such as your home zip code? I would like to have a weather app that will track my location and give me weather alerts for where ever I'm at. This would be very useful when I'm traveling.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Monday, April 28, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

What's New in Version 4.1.0

- You may now receive a forecast for locations that don't have radar coverage — or where radar coverage is temporarily unavailable — including locations
outside the US and UK. Instead of displaying an error, we will simply exclude the detailed "next hour" data (which relies on radar data to calculate).

- Notification fixes: If you haven't been receiving notifications, this update should fix the problem. Sorry about that! (Notifications will be the death
of us; they're giving us ulcers).

- Miscellaneous little bug fixes and performance improvements.

Submitted by Lisa on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hello all,
I'm just wondering how this app compairs to Rain Alarm? It sounds like they both do the same thing. If someone could shed some light on this for me I'd really appreciate it! Thank you.

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Dark Sky version 4.1.2 is now available:

"What's New in 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."

Submitted by Kelly Ford on Sunday, July 13, 2014

This app was just reviewed and rated highly by the Verge so I tried it out. Anyone else noticing a few issues? Some items I noticed:

1. On the screen where the next 24 hour details are listed, there are buttons to switch from precipitation to temperature near the top of the screen. These do not seem to be reachable with VO next and previous commands. More importantly, when I try and activate the temperature button, the screen doesn't seem to change.

2. On the screen that details the weather for the next few days, you seem to be able to activate the day and hear a few time periods. But whatever data is being communicated about that period, isn't read by VO.
3. Back on the 24 hour screen, the data and hours are separate objects. So you you use next and previous commands, first you hear all the precipitation percentages and then the hours of the day e.g. 4P 8P and such.

Submitted by Lisa on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hello everyone,
I just purchased Dark Sky. It rained here last night, and Dark Sky sent me an alert only a few minutes before it started to rain. I would like to receive an alert at least an hour before the rain is going to start in case I'm out walking. Is this how Dark Sky works, or is there some setting I can change to receive alerts sooner. Thank you.

Submitted by Soupy on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

There is no setting to control how far in advance you receive alerts. Personally, I’ve received alerts telling me that rain is due in anything upto 15 minutes or as non-specific as simply saying ‘soon’.

The main purpose of the app is to tell you if there is going to be rain in the next hour. So, before heading out, simply open the app and see what it’s predicting - hopefully it will say that there will be no rain in the next hour. Occasionally, it will tell you the location of the nearest storm, which can also give some indication of what might be heading your way.

Submitted by Justin on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Relating to alerts in dark sky, I don't believe you can set how long you want the alert, say an hour before it rains. You can only set what alerts you get, like rain, storms, snow, etc. This is just my thoughts, since I haven't played in the settings for this in a long while.
TC.

Submitted by Kelly on Monday, October 20, 2014

What's New in 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.)

Submitted by Kelly on Friday, October 31, 2014

What's New in 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.

Submitted by Kelly on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What's New in 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)

Submitted by Kelly on Thursday, March 26, 2015

What's New in 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.

Submitted by Heatherkerresa on Sunday, April 12, 2015

The app does let you know when precipitation will begin, but it does *not* notify you of weather warnings, watches, or advisories, unless I am not doing something correctly. I just wanted people to know because I bought the app thinking it would alert me of storms, and I was disappointed when it didn't. Other than that it's a great app.

Submitted by Justin on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Nope, dark sky doesn't announce the weather warnings. Weather radio by WDT or whatever the company is does announce the weather warnings and advisories.
HTH.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Monday, October 26, 2015

Posted October 1 2015

Just a boring 'ol bug fix update.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I am noticing that I still cannot set notifications properly. The whole layout is very confusing as custom really is not yet accessible. I don't know how to suggest a better interface though as I'm not yet sure how to use all of the features.

Submitted by Brooke on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Setting notifications was tough. Just as an example, if you want it to alert you when rain starts at your location, you can't just double-tap on that option. Set your rotor to "words," and then flick down until you hear the actual amount of rain.... in my case, it's set to Moderate Rain. Double-tap once you're on the word "Moderate," or "Light," and you'll be taken to a picker where you can then select the threshold. So far, I haven't been able to successfully change some of the other notification settings.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I contacted the developer via twitter so we'll see if if anhy fix can be implemented.

Take care.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

What's New in 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

Submitted by Usman on Monday, April 2, 2018

I just got dark sky today and find the layout to be somewhat complicated. for instance, I am trying to get to my notification settings and for the life of me, I can't find it.

Submitted by Mattie SV on Thursday, June 21, 2018

Hello!

I also had a lot of complications with the notification settings! The only way I got it to work is by finding them my notifications button on the far left corner of the screen turning off voiceover and pushing with my finger hoping that it would open ! Fortunately that did work and I was able to manipulate some of the settings. Also does anyone know if the notifications will still work if you have your location settings to when using the app only versus always on? I really don’t want location services always being used for this app in the background thanks!

How do the most current versions of both apps compare? I want to know whether to spend the money on Weather Sky if I already am using Weather Gods. I am running iOs 11.4 on an iPhone 8 plus, and am a Voice-Over user. Thanks.

Submitted by David Goodwin👨‍🦯 on Monday, August 20, 2018

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Version 6.0 has just been released and sports a major redesign that introduces a number of accessibility issues for VoiceOver users.

Most significantly, the forecasts for specific hours are now completely invisible to VoiceOver. As this information is likely to be the main reason for using this app, I would strongly recommend that you avoid updating until this is resolved.

Additionally, on the Notifications tab all of the following are completely invisible to VoiceOVer - the Umbrella Reminder and Sunscreen Reminder settings and the button to add a custom notification.

Also, VoiceOver only reports that there are two tabs on the bottom menu bar, when there are in fact four. VoiceOver does not locate the buttons to access the weather maps tab or the tab which allows you to report the current weather at your location.

These problems have been reproduced on different devices and different iOS versions, so it seems sage to say that this is not a local problem to me.

The developers have been notified and have a good past record with VoiceOVer support, so here's hoping for a quick fix.

Submitted by Jordan on Monday, August 20, 2018

It looks like it is a local issue for you. Just updated, and everything still works great, and actually it works better than before with VoiceOver. No issues here on my iPhone 8 running iOS 12 Beta.

Submitted by dvdmth on Monday, August 20, 2018

Club AppleVis Member

Whether this new update is an accessibility improvement or regression will depend on how you use the app. For me personally, it is generally better, but there are definitely a few drawbacks, which can hopefully be addressed in a future update.

The main screen is much easier to navigate with finger swiping. In the past I had to rely on touch navigation instead of swiping to get around, because the focus would often do weird things when swiping. This version works very nicely with VoiceOver when using either method of navigation. The information is also announced more clearly than in past versions.

However, as previously noted, it is no longer possible to get VoiceOver to announce the hour-by-hour forecasts, where you can get a temperature value for various times of day going forward. All you get is the forecast high and low, a description of the weather to be expected, and what rain you can expect for the next hour. The rest is hidden to VoiceOver. That said, I personally don’t use Dark Sky for the hourly forecast, but rather use Weather Radio by WDT for that information.

The notifications screen is much more VoiceOver friendly, at least on the iPad. In the past, bringing up the notifications settings was very tricky to begin with, because the button for accessing the settings was hard to find and didn’t always work when double-tapped, and the notification options appeared on top of the forecast screen, with all elements of both screens remaining visible to VoiceOver, thus making adjustments difficult. I also never could figure out how to dismiss the notifications screen, except by closing Dark Sky from the app switcher and relaunching it. This new version does not have any of those problems.

However, as pointed out already, some of the notification options are currently not visible to VoiceOver. The basic ones, for next hour precipitation and daily summary, are fully accessible, but if you want notifications for other things, such as wind, UV index, etc., you cannot access those options in the current version. This is definitely a bug that needs to be addressed.

Unless I missed something, there isn’t any way to access the radar screen with VoiceOver. Before, a three-finger swipe from left to right would bring it up, but that doesn’t work now. The screen was never really VoiceOver compatible, but I did occasionally bring it up for a sighted friend during periods of severe weather in the area.

Finally, the Today view widget no longer reports the current temperature and weather conditions, although forecast information is still there. Not a big loss, because I can use the built-in weather widget for the same information, but it was nice to have only one widget with all of the information I wanted instead of having to use two widgets to get everything.

In all, I think this update is a step forward, at least for the way I personally use the app, but depending on what features you use, this could break something you rely on, so update at your peril.

Submitted by David Goodwin👨‍🦯 on Monday, August 20, 2018

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Jordan,

Just to confirm …

VoiceOver will read for you the element which displays the precipitation forecast for specific hours? 1am 25%, 3am 15%, 5am 30% … and so on?

The next 24 hours of these forecasts are displayed when you open the app; and double tapping on a day later in the week reveals the hourly forecasts for that day. All of this is accessible to you?

And, on the notifications tab, VoiceOver will find the settings for the Umbrella Reminder and sunscreen reminder notifications and the button to create a custom notification?

On the bottom menu, is VoiceOVer finding four tabs and not just the two that it does for me?

Thanks.

Submitted by mendi on Monday, August 20, 2018

Thanks for the heads up on the today widget with this app. I'm disappointed to find out the widget won't read all of the information any more. I liked knowing temp, high/low, and next hour all in one place. Looks like I'll be hunting for a new weather app/widget, unless this one is fixed soon.

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Hello David. I can confirm these elements are missing from Dark Sky.

And, on the notifications tab, VoiceOver will find the settings for the Umbrella Reminder and sunscreen reminder notifications and the button to create
a custom notification?

No custom notifications showing. Only the hourly, next seven days, and severe weather alert on/off buttons available. Nothing about umbrella or sunscreen. info appears.

On the bottom menu, is VoiceOVer finding four tabs and not just the two that it does for me?

I also don't have the four tabs showing. Only two visible including Forecast and Notifications.

In another post, someone mentioned the Today wigit doesn't show as much data. I confirm this. It shows my location and the weeks with high/low but that's all.

HTH

Submitted by David Goodwin👨‍🦯 on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Roxann,

Many thanks for confirming that you are also encountering the issues previously mentioned. This is good to know for when reporting these issues to the developer and for those who haven't yet updated and are thinking that these issues may not be widespread.

Submitted by mendi on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Okay, I got the update this morning.

1. The only tabs I have on the bottom are forecast and notifications.
2. In the notifications tab I can only toggle on and off precipitation alerts, daily summary, and severe weather. No custom notification option is available.
3. The today widget only shows location and nothing more.

I can more easily navigate what is there, IE current conditions, high/low for the next several days, etc. But beyond that, I am not impressed with the update. Here's to hoping some fixes are on the way with this redesign.

Submitted by dvdmth on Saturday, September 1, 2018

Club AppleVis Member

The hourly forecast is now reported by VoiceOver after the latest update, but I am only getting temperatures, no precipitation percentages. Not sure if they are supposed to be reported or not, since I don’t know how the information appears visually.

The update also has a regression, at least on the iPad. I can no longer swipe through the daily forecasts, though they are still accessible by touch. Swiping only gives me the first day’s forecast, after which focus jumps to the tabs at the bottom of the screen. If I drag my finger, however, I can get the forecasts for all upcoming days, so that is a workaround.

Other accessibility issues still persist with this update.

Submitted by dvdmth on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Club AppleVis Member

The latest update to Dark Sky fixes the Today widget. It is now fully accessible with VoiceOver, providing the current conditions, next hour forecast, and five-day summary. This takes care of my biggest remaining issue with the app, though other problems still remain within the app itself. Here’s hoping the improvements continue to come as quickly as they have been.

Submitted by dvdmth on Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Club AppleVis Member

After installing version 6.4 of Dark Sky on an iPad Mini 4, VoiceOver has a lot of trouble accessing the weather information in the app. Most of the screen appears to be blank to VoiceOver, with only the buttons at the very top and bottom of the screen showing up.

I found a workaround for the bug, but it’s weird. Here’s what I have to do:

1. Double-tap my location at the top of the screen, which brings up a location search screen.

2. Double-tap on Done to dismiss the screen. VoiceOver then says it is on an empty list.

3. Perform a three-finger swipe from left to right. VoiceOver says page 2 of 3, and the weather information is now up and fully accessible.

I have no idea why I have to do this dance, or why it works, but it’s the only way I can check the weather within Dark Sky since the latest update. The today widget still works, but it does not offer the same detail that you can get within the app itself.

I primarily have Dark Sky for its notifications about rainfall, which no other app I’ve tried is able to do nearly as well. I have other sources for checking the upcoming weather, but I still like to look at this app from time to time, and the current version makes it hard to do so.

Submitted by Eileen on Wednesday, May 8, 2019

It's a long, long time since Dark Sky was close to being fully accessible; and unfortunately the developers have also long since given up on caring.

Here are just some of the problems:

There are buttons below the list of forecasts for upcoming hours which toggles what data is shown in those hourly forecasts. These buttons are invisible to VoiceOver, meaning that you are unable to access much of the weather data available in the app.

If you double-tap on a day, hourly forecasts for that day are revealed on the screen. This is also completely invisible to VoiceOver, meaning that you can only access hourly forecasts for the current day (but, see above to be reminded of of how you are only getting limited access).

Moving focus through the main window is horribly unreliable, particularly if you do double-tap on a day.

On the notifications tab, a number of the available options are invisible to VoiceOver.

And, let's close with something else invisible to VoiceOver, and that's two of the four tabs along the bottom of the app window. Yes, there are four, even though VoiceOver only finds two - weather and notifications. Okay, the tabs for weather maps and reporting the local weather aren't a big miss for me. But, making all tabs on a tab menu accessible must surely be quite low hanging fruit when it comes to VoiceOver support. If the developers don't even care about this ... well, it's a pretty good indication of where VoiceOver support fits on their roadmap. It doesn't! And, yes, they have been told about these problems.

This app currently being rated on here as fully accessible is seriously off the mark.

Submitted by Jesse Anderson on Wednesday, May 8, 2019

I can also confirm all of the above in the latest 2 posts. With VoiceOver on, the screen is largely blank, and VO doesn't read anything. Turning VO off let's the main screen appear again. The daily forecasts and 4 tabs haven't read for a while now too. I did write to support regarding all of these issues, but haven't heard back yet. I'm hoping these will be fixed, as I've started to really like the app, especially its quite accurate notifications.

Submitted by Jim D on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

So, just read that Apple has acquired Dark Sky. Here's hoping that, now that this is an official Apple app, the outstanding accessibility issues are addressed.

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