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Dark Sky - Weather Radar, Hyperlocal Forecasts, and Storm Alerts
3.5 based on 3,232 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 - Weather Radar, Hyperlocal Forecasts, 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 3,232 Votes. This version 4.2.2 has an average rating of 4 based on 154 Users.

Your device must have atleast 6.2 MB of space to download and install Dark Sky - Weather Radar, Hyperlocal Forecasts, and Storm Alerts. This application does not have game center . Dark Sky - Weather Radar, Hyperlocal Forecasts, and Storm Alerts can be downloaded and install for $3.99 only

Support Languages

English, American


Weather , Utilities ,


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

Additional Information


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.

What's New on this 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:

Recent Reviews and Comments

  • Snowed heavily for hours. App said cloudy no precip.

    Waste of money.

  • Accurate, useful, beautiful.

    (Edit: Devs, please consider adding an awesome timer on the chart page :) On my home screen. It's accurate & indispensable. For the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, this app is stunningly accurate over the past 2 years. Today was an especially off-and-on rain day, and I monitored the app throughout. It was spot-on in both length and intensity. It allows me to time my runs, walks, yardwork, bicycle rides -- you get the picture. This is the especially important in this land of tall trees and rushing water. It rains a lot here is what I'm saying. It's fun to play with the radar animation, and useful to get push alerts for "heavy rain". Kudos to the developers. Well worth the price. A public service.

  • Most useful weather app

    It's got your 5 day forecast. But the real draw is the rain over the next hour chart. Great for timing dog walks (go now, rain starts in 15 min or wait, rain should slow down in 10 min, etc).

  • A fun weather alternative

    Way too many "uh oh. There's a problem getting your forecast" and "uh oh. There's a problem getting your location" error messages. Accuracy is no better than any other weather service; it's just different. One time it said "heavy snow" when not a flake fell an hour before or after. Same with rain, occasionally. Often it's exactly right, but any app can give me that. Still, I like its way of presenting the data.

  • Too location dependent!!!

    I should be able to put a zip code and the app work. You should not have to have my exact location every minute of everyday for this to work. Maybe I don't get down to the minute rain forecasts because of my varying location. Fine. But the app should not keep crashing or resetting because I did not allow access to my location. Until it's fixed - 1 star.

  • Does not work in Honolulu at all

    It works okay when I was in the Bay Area last week. It is raining in 96821 right now but Dark Sky says no precipitation. When I look at the weather map, Hawaii may be just too small and the clouds moving around the Pacific is huge when compared to Oahu. It does not seem to allow family sharing either.

  • Horribly Inaccurate in Large Cities

    As Dga223 mentions in his review below, it seems to be very inaccurate in large cities. I'm in Chicago, and it said it would start raining in 45 minutes, which was fairly accurate. Then, after it started raining, it changed to "Next hour: No precipitation", even though it continued raining for the next 30 minutes. This was only one example. I've noticed the forecast changing many times from minute to minute, and the forecasts turning out to be more often wrong than right. Based on the number of good reviews, maybe it works better in suburbs and rural areas than urban ones?

  • Temp OK, Precipitation Horrible

    Bought this after seeing review in NYT, but sorry I bought it. We just had over 36 hours of rain, freezing rain, then snow, and the entire time, it said we were getting no precipitation - indeed, it said the precipitation was from 35-70 miles away. What good is that?

  • Excellent!

    This has become a must have app and has earned a home on my phone and ipad home page. It is amazingly accurate. Down to the minute. You don’t realize how helpful having that information at your fingertips is until you use it regularly. The integration into notification center is extremely handy. Big thumbs up. Download it now. You won’t regret it.

  • Fantastic weather app!

    This app is great, I use it everyday for looking up weather. I also love the radar colors! It's nice to see colors other than the usual green, yellow, and red. This app is well worth the money!

  • Awesome App!!!

    One of the best weather apps I've used in terms of knowing when it will rain and how long. Would've gave it 5 stars if it was a little cheaper. But for the money it's worth it.

  • There can be only one

    There are lots of well-designed weather apps, but this is the only one that sits in the upper left corner of the first page of my home screen. Yeah, it’s that good. It’s the first app I open in the morning when I wake up: even half-groggy, I can tell how hot or cold it’s going to be during the day, and at what hour. Its handling of precipitation, meanwhile, is in a league entirely its own. The map view is equal parts beautiful, mesmerizing, and useful: last week, during a heavy storm, it let me slide backward and forward through time, and see exactly when the next wave of clouds was likely to hit. It felt a little bit like having a cheat code for reality. Highly, highly recommended.

  • Weatherman

    Downloaded on my new ipad. It does nothing but blink. I've tapped & pounded & cajoled. It's a waste of $$$

  • Is this a lottery?

    Today I was in the middle of rain...I checked this app and it told me it was cloudy with no rain for the next hour. Later in the day I was standing under a blue sky....this app told me it was mostly cloudy. What's the point of using such a useless app?

  • Woderful

    Thank you, I’m Golfer, your app is great, the best I‘ve found, there is no contest. That said, I would love a lightening warning as well as the rain, If it’s possible to do that every golfer on the planet would find and buy this already great app. I believe you could actually save lives.

  • I don't get it?

    How is this app any better than Yahoo Weather or the Weather Channel? The maps are cool, but the forecasts are the same amongst all of them, presumably pulling data from the same national weather service as the rest? At least the others are pleasant to look at, this app is a demonstration of how little you need to put on the page.


    Just download this way cool and spot on weather app, get this and you will know what's up with your raindrops. I am setting up an Acurite weather station and along with this app I will know what is on the horizon. This app is clean, easy to use and if you want to know exactly what is going on get it...

  • Northwest Rain

    It's not true it rains all the time in Seattle, just most of the time! So Dark Sky comes in very handy to find out how much rain will fall when I'm out walking my dog. I liked the original funky front, but now the app has become some kind of transcendental interface, communing with the rain Gods. Love notifications. This is the information I could never find in weather sites. Finally!

  • demands location services

    The repeated nag screen to turn on location services is a big drawback. I don't want it on, and can enter location just fine. The app crashes without location on.

  • Pretty Good!

    I'm not going to complain a lot here. It's a pretty great app. There's not much to dislike. In terms of alerts, I often receive alerts about "drizzle" on bright sunshine filled days. However, when it says "rain in 13 minutes" you can count on it. My only problem is alerts.

  • Solid

    Not perfect. But I find myself still heavily using it after two years Would like to see them continue to invest to make it better. Add more in-app purchase options if necessary to support that

  • Impressive, but..

    Desperately needs landscape mode.

  • Cause it's raining

    One star because I'm looking at rain and it says partly cloudy. Fail.

  • Not impressed...

    Graphics are nice but….it’s pouring rain here right now and has been. The app says, “Next Hour:no precipitation” "Nearest price:7870 mi to the west" like it has for the past few hours. ….Certainly not worth the 5 bucks in my opinion….a chimp with a dartboard could do as well

  • Don't go out without it

    Notifications have been a bit hit or miss in this version. That said, it's incredibly accurate and it has saved me several times from getting caught in the rain. I no longer need to keep refreshing my weather apps when it looks like it may rain. I don't know how it works, but it does. It's by far the most useful app I have on my phone. As someone who runs outdoors daily, this app is essential. I can concentrate on running safely and let DarkSky worry about the weather.

  • Decent interface and idea - Not real accurate

    I bought the app thinking it is was a great idea. It is. The concept and even the user interface is nicely done it's just not really accurate.

  • Good app; widget disappointing

    As of a recent update the iOS 8 widget reads something like "Overcast for the hour. Feels like..." which is not as useful as it could be. Label truncation issue?

  • One of the best apps I've seen

    I love this app! I've used it for months. It is up to the minute with info that is SO EASY and SUPER FAST to access. It tells you that rain will start in (number) minutes because it knows there's rain so many miles away from you. It alerts you when it's coming - if you like- so you can jump out and put up your car windows. Beautiful interface. Can't say enough about it.

  • I thought this would be my favorite weather app!

    It combines simplicity, ease of use, and relevance in a totally elegant way; what's not to like? Unfortunately, precipitation seems to be the only part of a forecast it does well. Temp is usually off, wind predictions don't exist and it gets cloudy/sunny wrong much of the time. Nice interface though... Now if they can just get the weather right.

  • Excellent


  • Confusing and inaccurate.

    Most the time the crap weather app that came with the phone is more accurate. The notifications never work, even if they did they wouldn't be accurate. Total waste of money. Don't waste your time.

  • Space Hog

    A recent update added a big "Open In Dark Sky" button to its section in the Notification Center. Tapping the weather forecast already took you to the app for more details. The redundant button wastes so much space that it's not worth keeping the app in Notification Center.

  • The best

    Icon and name don't give an accurate feel for the app. Really is great

  • Best App

    Honestly this is the best app I've purchased, other things I use infrequently, but use dark sky all the time, and it really impacts my daily life / choices.

  • Accurate to minutes

    This app is incredibly accurate, even down to minutes. One possible improvements would be to set a list of preset locations instead of searching every time we want to see the forecast for other locations. Very good job done overall.


    This app is the definition of accuracy.

  • Still useless without location services.

    When I originally purchased this app, it worked fine without location services enabled. The last two releases have been entirely useless due to the constant nagging for GPS. I do not want to use the app with constant GPS power consumption. While this may offend the sensibilities of the developers, the opinions of the people who give you money should probably be taken into account to a greater degree than they are currently. It’s a trivial code change to provide a usable solution without GPS. Please do so. Update: Reducing to one star. App has been unusable for months given the constant location services nagging and inability to use without it enabled. Not what I paid for. Deleting this now utterly ruined app.

  • Disappointing

    This app is very disappointing. It needs work on accuracy, and I do not received any alerts as stated by the developer. In addition, it consistently pulls up the wrong address location. Major thumbs down.

  • Location services runs rampant

    App just drains battery in iOS 8 with location services in the background. You can't turn it off without a bunch of errors and the app becoming unusable, contrary to the latest description. For $4 how about an update? - Update: Changing to 3 stars, from 1. Update took way too long, but app otherwise seems to be working as of late.

  • It's for real

    The app said it would rain in 5 mins. I said to myself "yeah right sure it will!" It started to rain 5 minutes later. Cool app the best weather app there is!

  • Accurate, Reliable & Simple

    Easy to use and it works! It has reliably predicted rain at my location better than any of the weather apps. And has done this for locations ranging from the U.S. East Coast to the Pacific, including the Midwest.

  • It's raining

    The app did not detect active rain at my location. Not only did it not detect it said it was going to start raining in 40minutes.

  • Definition of a Weather App

    Holy Weather Batman. The alerts are so accurate, I have to show everyone around me, regardless if I know them or not. Anyone who didn’t give this 5-Stars can’t grasp this level of awesome. I have 5 or 6 weather apps on my phone, this is my go to. Anyways, like I said earlier, the app is accurate, the alerts are a big plus. I didn’t think I’d like the alert feature considering how many alerts our phones have now, but I am glad I am using it because it’s an alert I am actually interested in. It’s clean, easy to use and looks great. To the creators, “golfers clap”. Now please make a OS X app!

  • Overrated

    Minimal features considering the app's price. The only difference between this app and the online version is the ability to have to basic notifications. The online version has a better layout. This app is very overrated considering what you are paying for which is basically 'one' feature. Also, the iPad version has a terrible layout, pure waste of screen real estate.

  • Great for specialized purposes

    This is my favorite and most consistently accurate weather app for seeing rain in the next hour. I really wish the new widget included the next hour precipitation graph, since this is by far the most useful thing for me to see at a glance-- the one sentence text summary just doesn't cut it. I use Weather Underground's widget for seeing the whole day's temperature and precipitation graph and then Radarcast if I want the best predictive radar view. Darksky's radar interface is pretty wonky and unusable in my experience. That said, even if they only added the next hour rain graph widget I would be so happy!

  • Perfect

    Dark Sky exits alone in a world of apps trying to be all things to all people. It does what it is designed to do perfectly. It does not try to be a weather app that gives you every piece of information. It is there to tell you with uncanny accuracy whether it will rain, when it will start, and how long it will last. It's interface is the essence of simplicity and functionality. It looks good it works well and you don't need to do a tutorial to do it. Oh yeah. And notifications work well and the widget for the today screen is flawless too. 7 day forecast is the only thing it could do better.

  • Not Reliable Anymore!

    Saddens me to say this... But this app is no longer the reliable "go to" app it used to be. I compare its report to intellicast and 9 times out of 10, DS is way off (I have MULTIPLE screenshots to prove). I wish I could get my money back because I feel it is a waste now. I did not pay for what I have now :( Support guys seem ok (have reported a few bugs that were fixed) but not sure who is the person behind the scenes that is actually getting it wrong at the larger APP level. The Bottom Line: there are much better, FREE, weather apps out there. F you have money to burn, go for it... But I am willing to be you will wish you hadn't. Hope this helps someone! Hope it's seen by the people who can get it back on track!!!

  • The temps are off

    The temp is off by 11 degrees but the maps are pretty spot on

  • Money well spent! Flawless!

    is simply amazing how accurate this app is! But I would like a better widget with more info for my nc

  • Not accurate

    Dark Sky is saying it has been raining & will rain all day. Looking out my window, & watching the TV forecast, it has been snowing, is snowing, & will continue the snow will continue to accumulate...not rain. I am sorry I wasted money on this app.

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