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Dark Sky - Weather Radar, Hyperlocal Forecasts, and Storm Alerts
3.5 based on 2,910 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 2,910 Votes. This version 4.1.2 has an average rating of 3 based on 469 Users.

Your device must have atleast 3.9 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.

What's New on this 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.

Recent Reviews and Comments

  • Still one of a kind...seriously needs map update

    Recent update screwed up the map view. Guys please make an update to the map, otherwise love the app

  • Once the best!

    Too bad the programmer felt the need to make it 'better'. 1 star now.

  • Seems perfectly amazing.

    I see a lot of whining in the reviews, but I can't figure out why. The app is well designed and both asthetically and in utility. The app is wonderful and worth the money it costs. Never mind the (what I can only imagine are) weather channel shills.

  • It works wonderfully well for me

    I find this to be the most useful weather app available. I'm sitting on Lopez Island, Washington State right now, and about 25 minutes ago, Dark Sky said alerted me with "light rain starting in 15 minutes." This allows me to get the outdoor furniture cushions under cover. By the way! Last night there wasn't any rain in the forecast...yet, as predicted, 15-18 minutes later it started raining. I don't have any of the location issues others have spoken of. I've been running on an iPhone 4 until a couple of weeks ago, and now successfully on an iPhone 5. I really like this app, and find it very, very useful.

  • Great app

    Love the app. Eagerly awaiting a widget.

  • iOS 8 widget please!

    Please add a widget for iOS 8!

  • Location services always on is a deal breaker

    When I upgraded to iOS8 I noticed that the app was always on on the background. It completely drained my battery. This wasn't a problem with iOS7. Will start using again when they fix this problem.

  • Not impressed

    So far this app is not accurate for where I live. Does not alert me to a thunderstorm. In the middle of the storm tells me light drizzle will be starting soon. Waste of money.

  • Advice to Developer...

    My advice... read these reviews. Also, I would like the application I purchased restored please. Classic mode... something... seriously. ~~~~~~~~~~ Old Review Below ~~~~~~~~~ I have to say something... every time I open this app I am more and more disappointed. The old interface was amazing. It had an innovative UI and UX that was also very intuitive. This new design makes very little sense in my opinion. The single most frustrating thing... I paid money for the old version... I would not pay money for this version. Suggestion... a "classic" mode that brings back the old look and function. Even if it's never updated again ever. I just wish I could get the old one back.

  • Insists on location services

    App constantly asks to turn on continuous location monitoring.

  • Location services constantly running

    Probably an iOS 8 driven glitch that needs to be addressed by the Dark Sky team. I enjoy the rain motivations but have it turned off till location services gets fixed. Running on iPhone 6 here.

  • Once great, now useless

    Echoing everyone else's same gripes. Disappointing.

  • Doesn't work anymore

    It used to alert me when it was about to rain, however now it was pouring this week and the app said there was no rain expected for the day... Disappointing. I really want this to work

  • Time to update!

    Great app, now we need a widget for iOS 8 and re-design for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus!

  • Disabling location services

    DOES cause the app to yell at you. Enabling it causes the app to use it "always."

  • Location services heavy handed approach !

    On iOS8 and the location services are still goes crazy and is on all the time ! The developers need to be smarter. --------------- Update, Release notes on latest version says that it has fixed the location services disabled, well nope ! It is still going crazy when on has location services disabled for this app. It absolutely hates it. Come on guys, you don't need gps location for everything. ---------------- Was a nice app, but man oh man the location services are a big drain on it, has my gps running continuously on my ipad even when the app is closed (and yes it is this app using it), then when I went to disable the location services the all became useless ! It basically becomes heavy handed and only lets you access the screen for a few secs before gives the error message and then brings you back to the address screen ! This needs to be changed. Why have the option to enter addresses at all if this is how you want to act ? For all the above it gets one star, if they fixed these two issues then my score would change dramatically...

  • From amazing to meh...

    I don't know what went wrong but the early version was uncannily accurate. When the app said "rain in ten minutes", there was rain in ten minutes. Now it can mean anything from no rain to "its been raining for ten minutes". Or you know it's raining because you hear it, not because you were notified. Recently, I saw "drizzle for the hour" for when nothing was happening. Also, discovered torrential rain by driving into it. "Look out the window" has become more accurate. Further, the text and the graph sometimes have contradicted each other. That's a flat out bug. Too bad too. Used to be an amazing app. Now I'm kicking it off my devices. Especially after last night when it repeatedly "notified" me of apparently invisible rain and right as I was falling asleep.

  • Seems like it used to be better

    Totally missed two rain storms earlier this week. Now, is currently raining. Screen one says rain for the hour. But screen two says zero percent chance of rain at this time and continuing for the rest of the day. Seems inconsistent.

  • ios 8

    Used to be my favorite app as well as the app I showed off to my friends the most. However, over the past few updates loading has taken forever, and now, since the ios 8 update this app causes location services to constantly run in the background. Please allow permission to run location services only while the app is in use. Otherwise I am deleting the app.

  • Problems with iOS 8

    App won't release the GPS under iOS 8. Please fix.

  • No push notifications

    Does this app not support push notifications anymore?!!!!!

  • Not good

    According to Dark Sky it will be overcast. According to current weather it is raining. Thanks, Dark Sky. One star "Uh oh, looks like location services is disabled". Constantly. Jump out of the app and go back to dark sky? "Uh oh". Select the location you want. Look around at the map. Give it a few moments and "Uh oh" is back. At this point I'm not sure what the app offers beyond the frustration of tapping "ok" when the location message pops up.

  • Confused

    my friend had the app and it was 100% accurate. I decided to download it and it is currently pouring... The app says light rain will be beginning in 25 minutes.. Im I don't think so.. Lol

  • Lanscape Mode

    Still as accurate as ever, but it really needs a landscape mode!

  • It used to be great

    This used to be an an amazing app.... With the new updated it's unfortunately useless.... It's raining when it says it's sunny... It's sunny when it says it's raining. Please bring back the old dark skies.

  • Formerly Great Now Useless

    I was an early adopted of this app. It was very accurate for hyperlocal forecasting. It had a way for users to give feedback about their local weather. Now, it just really doesn’t work. For example, right now it says “no rain.” Except it’s freakin’ POURING here at the moment. No warning, not even getting current conditions right. COME ON. Unless there’s an update some soon that restore this app to it’s former glory, I’m uninstalling.

  • Simply not that accurate.

    I bought this because I work in a snack bar/club house at a golf course. Knowing when its going to rain and stop raining is useful as it gives me information when to expect an influx of golfers who need to get off the course when lightning and storms are coming. Knowing this helps me to prepare food or not due to a surge of people (or them leaving for the day if its going to stay raining) The course has an automated system that will sound a siren if lighting is in the area but I wanted something more precise for precipitation. It works well only occasionally. Sometimes the regular free radar weather apps are just as good or better. I don’t care about the graphics or the map as other have mentioned. All i care about is its accuracy to tell me when it will rain and stop raining. Unfortunately it is too inconsistent. BTW Im running ios7 on an iPhone 4 not that it should make a difference in my opinion.

  • What are you all talking about?!

    Hands down the best weather app ever created. Gorgeous design, amazing accuracy pinpointed to you exact location. Will it rain on your picnic in 10 minutes or 30 minutes. Dark Sky knows. And it has all the features you expect from a fully functional weather all: sunrise/set, pressure, visibility, humidity, radar maps, etc. plus National Weather Service emergency alerts. The only thing that would make it better would be push notifications for these NWS alerts. Other than that, this app could not be more perfect if it were made of solid diamonds.

  • Best weather app

    More information. Presented beautifully and simply. Tufte would approve.

  • Disappointing

    This used to be one of my favorite apps on my iPhone, but since the iOS 7 update, the app has never been the same. It regularly fails to alert me about the weather and rarely gives me advanced notice about rain, which is the whole point of the app. Hoping they fix this sometime soon.

  • Great app, but recent version has but that makes it useless.

    I used to love this app. It has a nice clean interface that shows when rain will arrive at your specific location– very useful. Unfortunately recent versions just continually alert me that location services are unavailable. These endless alerts force me to the location selection screen, which prevents me from seeing any of the app's weather information. I do not have Dark Sky configured to show weather for my current location; I have it set to a fixed address (my home), so there’s no need for the app to even query location services. If the developer would bother to fix this, Dark Sky would be excellent. I’ve reported the bug several times since January 2014, and despite an update that promised to fix the problem, it still exists. If I could request a refund for this app I would, since it’s effectively useless to me, but the App Store does not allow for such a thing.

  • Inaccurate

    I have used this app for years and have always (still do) like the features and aesthetics of it. However, it is inaccurate. It will not already me of rain until it is already pouring, it's future predictions are wrong, etc. fianlly deleted after months of frustration. I'll really miss this one.

  • Clean interface, ruined by GPS usage.

    I really enjoyed the initial version of Dark Sky as it has a nice, clean interface and very accurate weather data. However, the last update makes the app effectively impossible to use with location services / GPS disabled for the app, which is a mode I prefer to use it in. Any attempt to enter a zip or address will be met with a “no GPS” type error, constantly. With location services enabled, the app constantly uses the GPS radio and causes an unacceptable battery drain. Needs to be a method of using the app with less frequent GPS activity, or without it all together.

  • Radar animation too fast

    Could you include a setting to allow the user to slow the radar down? It glides through the timespan so quickly that I can't get a good, reasonably accurate sense of where a storm cell was at a given time.

  • great for heads up!

    i use this app for when raining is coming let's me know and has always been correct so far!

  • Astonishingly accurate. Crazy.

    This app tells me everything I want to know, including: Is it going to rain? When? How hard? How long will it last? And it notifies me ahead of time. And it's ridiculously accurate in its predictions. I love this app!

  • Not worth the money for an app that crashes

    With all the hype behind this app, I was expecting something new and different. Don't waste your money. It looks nice, but you get more information from Weather Bug or Accuweather free apps. Should be able to choose from dark (Dark Sky) or white as the background color. Also, I'd say the app crashes 50% of the time. Either it crashes or the load time for the map takes forever. Wish I didn't spend $3.99 on it.

  • The Best

    This app is outstanding. It is amazing how accurate it is at predicting rain. Keep it up...…

  • Don't think it's worth your money to buy

    The app is clean but unresponsive sometimes and you can't change your preference of degrees

  • When it works, it's a nice app

    More often than not I do not get notifications about rain, the purpose of the app. Some weeks it works... others it doesn't.

  • Does what it's supposed to...

    App accurately predicts when it's going to start raining and alerts accordingly. Great as I have a Jeep and the 15min notice gives me time to get my top up. Folks are concerned about other features. This apps purpose is to provide data on rain. It's great!

  • Not A Fan

    I don't write a lot of reviews. What prompted this one is I was about to leave for the day and wondered if the rain was going to hold off. While looking at the open app, I see my correct address at the top, and while I begin to hear raindrops falling on the roof, I read "no rain for the next hour". And... I paid for that information.

  • Wonderful! Crazy Accurate!

    Amazing. I regularly tell the family "you can go swimming from 4:14 until 4:43" or "this should pass in 13 minutes" it is hilariously accurate for Massachusetts, perhaps due to our terrain or modern monitoring stations. Great app.

  • Accurate, but terrible.

    It only tells me when it's gonna rain, what's the visibility, how hot/cold it is, and when it's gonna be cloudy or sunny. This is terrible because earlier, it said light rain throughout the day, its storming and pouring the rain outside.

  • Best, most convenient weather app - with story

    The best weather app out there just got waaaay better. In addition to having all the features that made the original Dark Sky app great - such as beautiful radar, down-to-the-minute forecasts, and timely alerts - the app has gone over a complete redesign for iOS 7 while adding new features. The app looks better than ever, and performs better, too. It now has detailed 24-hour and 7-day forecasts, and your are able to have the radar map on a global scale. This is THE best weather app in the app store. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great weather app for their iOS device. Only app I need. One time I was in a building on campus and wanted to leave. Since I brought my iPad and it was raining I couldn't leave. Went on the app which said the rain would stop in 15 minutes. Lo and behold, that happened and I was able to go back to my dorm. My only gripe is there is no landscape view for iPad. For those of you who are complaining about the two added screens, why not just ignore them? If you use the main screen and the radar screen, it’s just like the “original” app.

  • Had to delete it

    I live in NoCal where we haven't and won't get any rain for months. Dark Sky keeps telling me that rain is on its way. I wish it were true!! But very annoying.

  • On the other hand

    While other reviewers offer good constructive criticism, this app is simply great to keep from getting caught during a commute without an umbrella (and, if having brought one, losing it given a propensity to leave it behind should it not be raining). Absent a single exception so far, it has worked extremely well, mostly an amazing plus/minus 5 min. There are other really good apps with great maps and endless statistics for the other stuff, but to predict the immediate future, it's very, very good.



  • Worthless. This is App Store robbery!

    I heard great things about this app from friends, but never experienced them. The highlight was the user interface. Don't count on this for actual weather. It rarely, if ever, tells me about upcoming rain, even while raining it has no updates to share (and yes my settings are set for all updates during KCs wettest summer in years). I feel like I was robbed and wish I had my $3.99 back instead if this worthless weather app.

  • 0% chance of accuracy

    OK dark sky. I'm done. You have gotten me caught in the rain way too many times to count. Your lovely UI kept me around but I'm deleting you, finally. When you get your act together, let me know & I'll use you again. Bye.

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