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The most accurate weather information for your exact location

The most accurate weather information for your exact location
Photo courtesy of Dark Sky

If you've ever been caught in the rain, snow or sun unprepared, then you know how important it is to know the weather at any given moment. The weather affects nearly everything we do. It determines how we dress, if we go out or if we stay in.

There's certainly not a shortage of weather apps. Most provide general overall information about the day’s high and low temperature and chances of precipitation. This is where the app Dark Sky is different.

Dark Sky provides detailed information and predicts when it will rain or snow, down-to-the-minute, at your exact location to help you plan for the day or week. The app uses your phone’s GPS to know exactly where you are standing and works remarkably well.

While in Maui recently, I was packing for a hike when the app sent a notification that it was about to rain in 16 minutes. Sure enough, in 15 minutes dark clouds covered the sun and a drizzle started.

Dark Sky has a slew of built-in notification options for rain and severe weather alerts. You can also set you own notifications. The app developers give an example such as setting a custom alert to let you know if it’ll be too cold at night for the plants in your garden.

While on iOS the app is a $3.99 purchase, Dark Sky is a free download on Android. The free version provides current conditions, the next 24-hour forecast, a detailed next week forecast, and our weather maps. But then there’s an in-app purchase to upgrade to Dark Sky Premium, which unlocks the magic mojo: the hyperlocal minute-by-minute forecasts, the fancy notifications and alerts, and widgets.

There’s a two-week free trial period for the full set of features, so you can see for yourself what Dark Sky can do before committing to the Android version. Dark Sky Premium is a $2.99/year subscription for Android.

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