We all know how quickly the weather can change, and that’s how fast a weather app can change, too. Dark Sky was bought by Apple back in March and announced that the Android app would be shut down on July 1. Well, the Dark Sky weather app is no more, so if you need something to replace its “hyperlocal” weather and give you accurate forecasting in a well-designed package, here are some weather apps that should satisfy your needs while also not costing your a yearly subscription for the good stuff.
If you like that little carousel with the different conditions under the Dark Sky timeline, then you’ll probably be pretty happy with Appy Weather, powered by Dark Sky’s API — which will keep serving existing API customers through 2021, at which point Appy Weather will have multiple other weather sources for you to pull from. Appy Weather is the weather app I’ve been using for the last 10 months or so because it’s got a super-simplified card layout, it allows you to be very specific when setting your locations — my set default location is The Magic Kingdom so that I know what it feels like in the parks before I get there — and the timeline chart gives me the data I need in a more compact view.
The radar is hidden away under the layered icon in the top bar of the app, which I personally don’t mind because while Dark Sky’s radar maps are kind of cool for tracking hurricanes and massive Nor’easters, they really aren’t that great for local rainfall. Appy’s still relatively young for a weather app and it’s still in the process of adding more features and more data sources, but it’s been a great app that I keep next to my Walt Disney World app so that I can check temps and rain chances before I book a FastPass for Big Thunder Mountain.
To quote myself from our Best Weather Apps roundup:
“Hyperlocal, hyper-accurate forecasting is something of a misnomer, but it’s also something that’s invaluable when it works. AccuWeather has MinuteCast, which gives you a to-the-minute timeline for the next two hours predicting when rain will start, stop, and how hard it will be. In places where rain can start and stop seemingly at random — like wonderful, thunder-prone Orlando — this kind of feature is ridiculously addictive, and these days before I even start packing my bag to head to the parks, I consult the MinuteCast.”
Even though I rely on Appy Weather for temperature and regular conditions, when Orlando’s famous 3 o’clock showers are coming to literally rain on the parade and chase crowds out of the park, MinuteCast is crucial in determining when and how I make a break for my favorite rides or for the car. AccuWeather’s currently preparing a UI overhaul that will streamline and simplify its UI while putting MinuteCast front and center when you open the app; it’s in beta right now but should be out for everyone before much longer.
Like Appy Weather, Today Weather can pull its data from Dark Sky’s API if you want to keep getting the same weather data you’re used to, but it also allows you to get your data from ten different sources so you can start trying to find another source that seems as accurate for your locale. Today Weather has a more minimal look for its scrolling layout, with each page being one location that you can easily swipe through if you need to check multiple locations before packing for a business trip or multi-city vacation.
Today Weather puts data front and center that Dark Sky and Appy do not, such as the pollen and air quality. I am a chronic allergy sufferer — emphasis on suffer — so seeing that tree pollen is high and I should take an extra antihistamine is quite useful. I wish radar wasn’t hiding at the bottom, but it’s not hard to flick the screen and get there in a hurry if you’re trying to see how long you have before your yardwork gets rained out.