Dark Sky: Rain Forecaster App

Curator: Scribble Tone
date: November 22, 2012
Categories: Experience Design, Information Design
Tags: App, graphs, mobile, weather
In-app screenshots of rain forecast and radar

Anyone that’s been to Portland knows it rains a lot. This iOS micro-weather app is especially helpful to us because we like to walk, bike and take advantage of nature, which surrounds us here and is easily accessible.

Dark Sky basically only does two things, but it does them well. First, it graphs out the expected rain intensity for the next hour. You can quickly see when the rain is coming, and how hard it will fall.

Second, it alerts you before the rain comes. You can set the threshold to light, medium or heavy, and an alert will be sent shortly before that threshold is expected to be reached.

Dark Sky is a great example of showing how less information can be more useful. Presented in a very attractive interface, this app better prepares us for the weather, and it has the strange effect of making rain fun.

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