Know When It Will Rain, To the Minute, With Dark Sky [iOS]

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There are many weather apps on the iOS platform. In the winter, I’m a weather geek, so I have several of them. One of the coolest ones out there is Dark Sky, which can tell you when it is going to rain, down to the minute.

Dark Sky shows off cool functionality (telling you when it’s going to rain!) with a pretty simple interface. I’ve only used the app on the iPad, so that’s where this screenshot comes from.

Dark Sky

Most of the screen is taken up with a map, while the bottom of the screen has a graph area and text area that shows you when to expect rain. You can also tap the map icon in the top left of the screen to go to another area of the control.

An app like this is only cool if it works. In my experience, the app is eerily accurate. I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes, but the app has been reliable in predicting rain. I live in an area, though, where storms move in a fairly predictable way. Some of the complaints I’ve seen about the app are from people who live in areas where storms can pop up out of nowhere, so your mileage may vary.

Dark Sky [iTunes]

Evan Kline

Hello, I'm Evan. I write about tech from my perspective – that of the average 40-something tech geek. You can also find me on Twitter and at my real-life job as a lawyer.    MORE ABOUT ME.


  1. My by the minute weather App is 100% accurate.

    I look out a window.

  2. Does this app work with say snow or hail just as accurately?

  3. it doesnt work for me, sky motion is way better alternative

  4. It does sound cool when I have to plan my events and can schedule my time according to the prediction.

  5. As a fellow weather obsessor, this app hits my radar of useful tools. Thanks for sharing – very cool :)

  6. Amazing app! I hate how general weather apps give you 50% chance of rain. What does that even mean? Finally someone is doing a better job.

  7. Seems like a nice app, i am gonna give it try.

  8. That’s outstanding. Now I’ll know when to carry my umbrella around.

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  9. Perfect app :)

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