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Dark Sky - Hyperlocal Weather, Radar, and Storm Alerts
3.5 based on 4,449 Votes
Price $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.
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Dark Sky - Hyperlocal Weather, Radar, and Storm Alerts is a Weather application, developed by and released last

This application has a content advisory rating of 4+ (Application contains no objectionable material ). This application has an average rating of 3.5 based on 4,449 Votes. This version 5.0.3 has an average rating of 3.5 based on 131 Users.

Your device must have atleast 9.3 MB of space to download and install Dark Sky - Hyperlocal Weather, Radar, and Storm Alerts. This application does not have game center . Dark Sky - Hyperlocal Weather, Radar, and Storm Alerts can be downloaded and install for $3.99 only

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English, American


Weather , Utilities ,


Dark Sky - Hyperlocal Weather, Radar, and Storm Alerts
Dark Sky - Hyperlocal Weather, Radar, and Storm Alerts
Dark Sky - Hyperlocal Weather, Radar, and Storm Alerts
Dark Sky - Hyperlocal Weather, Radar, and Storm Alerts
Dark Sky - Hyperlocal Weather, Radar, and Storm Alerts
Dark Sky - Hyperlocal Weather, Radar, and Storm Alerts
Dark Sky - Hyperlocal Weather, Radar, and Storm Alerts
Dark Sky - Hyperlocal Weather, Radar, and Storm Alerts

Additional Information


Using GPS, 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, so you don't even have to unlock your phone to quickly check the weather before heading out.


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.

What's New on this 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 " display in a funky manner"?).

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

Recent Reviews and Comments

  • Worthless

    I find that Dark Sky will let me know if there is going to be 1 drop of rain. It announces the light rain and it’s not enough to warrant an umbrella! Yet, when major storms come through (I’m in Chicago) it has never alerted me to this. Once I open the app during a thunderstorm, it’ll tell me how much longer it’s going to rain. But this isn’t very helpful if I’m out and about. i.e., I’ve left my umbrella in the car because there was no warning. So, it seems overly sensitive to a tiny bit of rain and completely out under-sensitive to a lot of rain. I no longer use it and have gone back to my free weather apps that are more accurate.

  • Temperature very inaccurate

    Great for predicting rain. Horrible for temperature. Great user interface.

  • Light rain on app, no rain outside.

    I'm sitting outside and there is no rain in sight, yet it says it is raining right now. That's as inaccurate as I can imagine. My free weather app tells me the status of weather better than this one does by a mile.

  • It's ok

    Good app, needs improvement but it's good

  • Sorry but this app is a big fail for me

    I've seen the rave reviews about Dark Sky on review sites and wow it's a great Apple Watch app. I held off buying til earlier today on a whim. I got it. I set everything up - authorized notifications and everything but I got a warning that notifications weren't enabled so I should check Settings. Well, I checked settings and notifications were indeed enabled - Banner. Next I set up the app on my watch and added a glance for it. All seemed well as it was telling me the nearest rainfall was 36 miles southeast of me. As luck would have it, I had to leave the office to pick something up. It was overcast but no warning of rain on the app. I went walking and as I got back to the office, it was raining pretty good outside. Yet.... No alert on the watch, no alert on the phone. I opened the app and lo and behold it informed me that there's light rain outside. Uhhhh... I coulda told the app that. So thanks for the 'Essentials' label. Thanks for the great reviews - Were they paid advertisements, I wonder. The app on day one seems worthless. The sites said it would tell me five minutes before it rained. I did set that up. And yet... I'm wet from head to toe. 3.99 down the drain.

  • Does not work

    Absolutely useless at predicting rain. I would not recommend buying this app, even if it's only $4.

  • Overrated

    It takes 7-10 seconds to load every time I start the app. More importantly it is inaccurate in the one hing it is supposed to do: Predict rain. Twice in the last week it has been pouring out and the app said that there was no rain currently and that there was a 0% chance of rain that day.

  • Buy it

    I use this app every day and have come to trust its predictions. The watch companion app is good too.

  • Best weather app !

    This really is by far the best weather app I've ever used! I have spent a lot of time exploring the temperature and precipitation on the map, scrolling around the world and zooming out for the big picture. It's amazing. It's fairly accurate as it it tells you when it will begin to rain as well. It is the first app I check in the morning.

  • No

    This is garbage. Save yourself the $4.00 and download Storm.

  • Notifications don't always work

    60% of the time it works every time. Not getting notified on my Apple Watch but maybe 10% of the time. Pretty useless as I just wanted it for rain notifications while I'm running.

  • Edit: Still great!

    After updating to the latest version I always get an error detecting my location. Unfortunate because this app used to be great. Wish I could deactivate the update. Edit: I deactivated location services for the dark sky app. Then reactivated. Now all works fine.

  • Accuracy is Impressive

    When Dark Sky states that it will rain in 5 minutes, as a new user, I thought this was a joke. When rain started to fall (within the timeline given), I thought this was a joke. No disrespect to the weather folks on TV but I think it's fair to say that Dark Sky now owns the weather. Great job guys. You now occupy a spot on my home screen on my iPhone and iPad. Looking forward to seeing a MacBook Pro version as well.

  • Not worth the money

    This app doesn't do anything a number of free apps do and on top of that it isn't accurate. Tells me it's overcast when it's clear. Says it's about to rain when there is no rain in the forecast. Don't waste your money

  • Best weather app!

    Love this app. Honestly, this is the best weather app I've found. Completely worth the $$. As a photographer is Tampa during hurricane season, this app has saved a lot of shoots and kept me ahead of storms. The map showing a storms movement is my fave part because I can gauge where storms will be and where I can shoot lighting. At work, I've got my co-workers alerted with a 7-16 minute window when the "light rain" notification pops up. Super helpful planning when to take lunch.

  • By far the best I have seen!

    So I am somewhat weather obsessed. On my phone I have 6 weather apps. The problem is I live in a small town and each app gives the forecast for the closest city. This app actually gives my weather! Very accurate. I highly recommend this app.

  • Why not have multiple cities?

    Why have a weather app and not have data for more then one city?

  • great app + feature request

    Love this app and in general. Living in WA, however, has made me really want this app to have air quality data as well...

  • Mostly inaccurate

    Decent UI, location-based forecasting has been very weak and measurably inaccurate.

  • Very inconsistent notifications

    I had the app for about 3 months now and I never got notifications when I should. Here's an example, I have a daily alert for the next 24 hours, but it might go off or it might not. I can never guess. Also the raining soon forecast is usually right, however it doesn't alert me. Starts raining hard,no alert check app, says heavy rain. I have deleted, reinstalled, reset the notifications in app and iOS. The only thing I haven't done is restore my phone to new, but I don't think that will change it. On the plus side, I like the overall design, but I have to use other weather apps to support the problems.

  • What a disappointment

    I decided to download this app after reading a lot of positive reviews. After using this app for a few months I feel like I wasted my money. Quite frequently, the app will tell me that it'll start raining soon. Guess what? Hours go by and nothing happens - no rain at all. I emailed support and never heard back.

  • Favorite Apple Watch App!

    Easily my favorite Apple Watch App -- wherever I am, Dark Sky will notify me of rain on its way and it's accuracy is so on point. I sometimes work outside and when it notifys me that rain is 30 minutes away...sure enough; it rains in thirty minutes. Life saver and totally worth the money. I don't normally pay for apps but this one was worth it and better than any other weather app I have ever seen. Buy it.

  • ????????

    Why does dark sky have such difficulty finding my location. It's 2015.....this is ridiculous.......

  • The best - no more useless weatherman jokes

    I can actually rely on this app to give me accurate, useful information about the weather. So worth the four bucks.

  • This and "Storm" offer complete weather protection!

    Living in southern Florida, it rains a LOT! And it is possible to rain on one of the street and not the other. Dark Sky gives a perfect view of your 'hyper-local' surroundings as far as what is going on. I have had it now for a couple of months, and honestly, no app is better for the one mile surrounding you. It also works very well, if like me, you work in Cube-Land with no view of the outside. With it's alerts I know whether to take the umbrella or not before the long trek to an exit. You have a local radar map (swipe right), and the next several days forecast (swipe left) which you can then click on Thursday for instance and see an hour by hour breakdown of the weather about to happen several days out. The ONLY improvement I would suggest, on the radar map, let it remain at the zoom level previously used.

  • You have one job...

    When it does give a notification it will: A) send a notification about rain and not a cloud in the sky. B) send a notification 10 minutes AFTER it's been pouring rain. It's like it doesn't know where I am or what the weather is doing. I thought it was suppose to predict the weather to within 5 mins? It's off every time. And yes, I have my location services on in settings.

  • Best Weather App!

    I love the up to the minute alerts for your exact location and the fact that you can get pretty specific about the alerts you can set. I'm looking forward to using "temp falling below freezing" alert to protect outdoor pipes. Thanks very much for this amazing app!

  • Miss the old interface :/

    I like how the previous version looks, when I first downloaded the app. I also miss the humor I see whenever there's an update, or when I go on the app as well, such as when it says "clear skies is boring, click here to see a storm [location]." -Silvermoss P.S. That is not to say that I dislike the app - I still like it, but the humor and the old interphase really sets it apart from other weather apps. -------------------------------- 8/25/15 1:29 pm I really like the new additions with the latest updates!! Especially with the "feels like" feature! I hope you guys will retain your humor and integrate it in the app as you have been as well!

  • Too good not to use - but there's work to do

    First off: the app icon is ugly and misleading. You don't have the ability to forecast thunderstorms (besides with government warnings) so why have a lightening bolt in the icon? It doesn't make sense. Lighten it up, make it more informative. Second: getting rid of the forecast lines in the app was a shame. That was a really nice way to visualize the day. All that aside, this is the app I use whenever I need to know what the weather is - whether I'm on my phone or using their webpage (which is really, really good). It's an incredible program, well worth the money. Just, you know, needs some work.

  • Excellent

    Pretty darn accurate!! Love the app! None better.

  • Redeemed 85

    I like this app but can you please remove the location icon from being on all the time? I would like to receive all the notifications but in order to one has to have that on all the time. I don't want my battery drained. Thank you

  • Accurate weather app

    I love this app it has so many cool features that are quite useful when you are working a job outside or even wanting to go for a jog it will tell you rain starting soon I reinstalled this app an everything seems to be working great. Finally a app worthy of 5 stars so here are your 5 stars

  • 6 Plus, iOS 8.3

    Continuous location prompts render this app unusable. All of its useful features (eg, world map, notification widget, etc.) are being held for the ransom of access to my phone's location services. This even after adding my ZIP code. Terrible bug and worse support by a development team in which I had placed a great deal of faith. EDIT: App no longer requires location services for normal use, but still requires location services to function in the iOS notification center. Otherwise, expect the "cannot determine your location" message instead of weather information. So, I still have to rely upon another weather app (that does not require location services) for iOS notification center forecasting. I find it hard to recommend the app until this functionality is added. Manual location entry should enable full functionality without limitation. Other developers have figured out how to accomplish the feat. EDIT: Added a fourth star, as the notification widget now works without location services enabled.

  • Accurate 50% of the time

    You would expect a paid weather app to be more accurate than a free app like The Weather Channel, etc. it is not. The watch app is nice, but I would say it's only a matter of time before the free apps catch up. You need to have $4 to toss away to get this app now knowing you will get the same weather service as a free app.

  • Close to exact

    When I thought about purchasing a weather app I thought I was crazy. But this app rocks. I got it because we do a lot of outdoor activities and needed accurate weather before we head out side and this app provides that. Last I love the messages from the developer when he does updates. Pretty funny. Keep up the great work.

  • Everything you need

    This is the perfect weather app. If you're a traveller or just want to know how to prepare for the day. The hour by hour data is very accurate. Customizable alerts are great for snow and other extremes that may come your way. Not only do you know when it will rain; you also know how long it will last. Worth every penny!

  • Location often inaccurate; older version was better

    I'll often find that the app retains info from the last place I visited. It will tell me that rain is coming soon, and I'll be confused how that's possible. I'll open the app, and it will show my location as another city (where I was earlier in the week). It does this quite frequently. Maybe because of the complaints about battery life, it only polls location occasionally. If so, that really reduces its benefit. Wish the developers would simply go back to the original version that was simple and functional.

  • Best Weather App, Period.

    There's tons of weather apps out there, but this is on a level of it's own. When most apps tell you "30% chance of rain", Dark Sky tells you when it's going to rain (to the minute), how heavy it's going to rain, and for how long. Perfect app for golfers or anyone else that spends the day outdoors.

  • Pretty... Inaccurate.

    It's pretty and the globe is cool... But it ain't accurate by a long shot.

  • Very useful, as is the watch app

    Recent versions of Dark Sky have made major changes in the organization of the information it provides, and I expect some of that was to make it easier to present the information on the Apple Watch. I use the both the iPhone app and the Apple Watch app/glance frequently. The short-term local forecast isn't always correct, but there have been many times where it has helped me to decide whether I should leave "right now", or "in 15-20 minutes". In previous versions I would sometimes notice the information on the Watch app/glance is out-of-date, so I've grown used to checking the information for "next sunrise/sunset time" to make sure that it is displaying the up-to-date information. I have not noticed that problem with this version, but then I did not notice it all that often in previous versions either. So I can't say for sure that that the problem is fixed, but I'm still giving the app a 5-star review because this version has been working fine for me.

  • Not what it used to be

    I find that this app seems to get more inaccurate as time goes on. It frequently calls for rain when there is none. The future forecasts are usually so wrong they're laughable. Not sure what happened as this used to be the best.

  • Always wrong and never alerts me to precipitation

    Dark Sky used to be great. The past year has not been kind to it, though, and it never functions correctly. I’ve been drenched as Dark Sky didn’t alert me of the incoming storm. I’ve been alerted of rain that never came as there was none in the metro area. Dark Sky isn’t worth having on your phone anymore.

  • Update on App

    August 18, 2015 review v5.03 The update seems to have made the location a bit more accurate. I do not have it using my location always, only when app is used. When first started it is off by a block or two. Which is much better than being way way off as it was in the previous release. The app seems to run a bit faster in this release. Thumbs up July 01, 2015 review This app is a waste of money. It does not work. I have an iPhone 6+ using iOS 8.4. Bought this app two weeks ago (mid June, 2015). I do not want it using my GPS 24/7 so turned the Location Service to only when using app. It never knows where I am, always says at the top Unknown Location. Tells me it is going to rain in 5 minutes when it is already raining. I can use Apple maps and Google maps and they know where I am. On my Apple Watch, the weather knows what it is where I am. But Dark Skys does not have a clue. Seems that they have issues with iPhone 6+ phones. I would not recommend the app if you are looking for specific information about where you are. It is just fine if you only want it for the city you are in.

  • Doesn't send notifications

    The reason I spent $4 on this app was so I would receive notifications ahead of time when it was going to rain. It does not do that. I get the occasional random notification that it'll be cloudy for the next hour, but after several weeks using Dark Sky, the app still has yet to tell me in advance of when it was going to rain. Also, I don't sit in the same location all day, and the app doesn't automatically change my location to my current location, so it's effectively worthless unless I remember to go into the app and change my location manually, which defeats the whole purpose since I could just look at the precipitation when I open the app.

  • Perfect.

    Thank you! I couldn't imagine a better weather app. Simple, precise and deadly accurate. Exactly what I need.

  • Must have App

    Rain alerts work great, especially with the Apple Watch. Even if you have a bunch of weather Apps, this one still fills a niche.

  • Dew point

    I love this app and its design. My only "wish list" item is for the developers to add the dew point to the forecast. I know I can calculate it but I would prefer for the app to do that for me. Thank you for your time and a great app!

  • What happened to the clean interface?

    Who reads top to bottom?

  • Omniscient App

    So there I am, sweating in the bleating sun - two hours into staining my fence… a project I’ve successfully managed to put off for six years. But this weekend was the weekend my weathered fence would be reborn into a glorious shade of “Muted Mesa”, whatever that is. Looks kind of reddish-orange. The work I’d done so far only affirmed my suspicions that I have the highest level of taste one can have on such matters - and obviously the highest of anyone in my neighborhood. The sky suddenly let out a booming clap of thunder. "Dark Sky has never lied to me.:, I thought. "Hell, I checked it before I started!" I panic. I’m pacing between the side yard and the backyard, running game theory in my mind. I’m unable to arrive at a scenario that doesn’t end in complete and utter disaster. I start to picture the streets running Muted Mesa as my stain washes off the fence and down the driveway leaving behind a Winslow Homer painting where once there was perfection. I grab for my phone and load Dark Sky. “Clear for the hour.” I look at two more weather apps and both say 45-55% chance of rain. My faith in this app wavers as my wife stares at me from the second floor window with a look that is equal parts contempt and exasperation. With no other options, I doubled down. I told myself then that I was committed to this project and put all of my faith in Dark Sky. We were in it together. There, beneath that cloudy, booming sky, I stained the fence for another hour as car after car and neighbor after neighbor, no doubt, judged my intellectual capacity, though obviously not my choice in fence stain color. It really was dead on. I swore if Dark Sky was right and it didn’t rain that afternoon, that I’d come on here and leave 5 stars and a review. Fence looks great, by the way.

  • Forecast quality is poor

    I'm in California's Central Valley and the forecast has not been very accurate. It's been off by 10 degrees on the next day's forecast. I'd been using Accuweather and was trying this since it was faster, but would rather have accuracy.

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