How many times haven’t you planned a field trip thinking the weather was going to be amazing, the sun would be shining for hours, giving you the chance to sunbath and do all sort of activities with your friends? The weather forecast assured you about that and yes indeed the sun was shining and you were all set for your trip. 30 minutes later, the clouds got darker and darker and what the heck, it started raining. Rain out of nowhere. Your trip was ruined. Tired of this yet? Well there is an iPhone app that can definitely fix the problem.
It’s called Dark Sky. It doesn’t only have a beautiful design, but it also gives you accurate information about the weather. Not long term forecasts like meteorologists predict. This app uses your GPS location to give you accurate forecast minute by minute, for the next hour, and also weekly.
Adam Grossman, the maker of this app, has no background in meteorology, although he studied physics and computer science in school, along with his co-founder Jay LaPorte, and these skills were enough in building the app successfully. Dark Sky app has an average rating of 4 stars and is listed under Apple’s “essentials” list. It also works great with the Apple Watch.
How does this work? Well, the US government makes radar data commercially available for free. Their Global Forecast System also put out the global forecasts 16 days in advance. The Dark Sky app uses these sources and with its computer algorithms it tries to make the most accurate weather predictions.
Dark Sky updates its software often. The most interesting software version is the latest. Dark Sky can now collect data from the barometers in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. A barometer measures the weight of the atmosphere around you providing you reliable data. Also, the users who download the update, can submit manual reports about the weather in their area.
Adam Grossman keeps working hard, improving even more the accuracy of the forecasts. Even though the app is not free ( you can download it for $3.99), he says he will probably lower the price down the road. With so many free weather apps out there, one can think that the high price is quite a barrier. According to Grossman though, his app has been successful since day one. Dark Sky is now available in US, UK and Puerto Rico only, but let’s hope other countries will be able to get it soon.
It is amazing how new technology improves our lives. It is even more amazing how young people take advantage of it and with their skills and knowledge try to make life easier. Who would imagine a few years ago that there would be an application and with just one click, you would be able to know when it’s going to rain and when it’s going to stop? When the sun is coming out and when the clouds are going to cover the sky? Well, what are you waiting for? Download Dark Sky and the weather will be one thing less to worry about!