As previously announced, the Dark Sky weather app that Apple acquired in 2020 is scheduled to shutdown on January 1, 2023. Ahead of this shutdown, we rounded up a few of our favorite alternative weather apps for iPhone and iPad…
Apple Weather app
Since Apple acquired Dark Sky in 2020, it has implemented a number of Dark Sky features into the stock Weather app on the iPhone (and now iPad and Mac). With these improvements, Apple’s first-party Weather app is now even more powerful and useful with a number of great features.
The Weather app features a modular design that dynamically adjusts based on the current weather conditions in your area. There are also detailed maps for things like precipitation and temperature. Similar to Dark Sky, Apple has also added support for real-time notifications for the Weather app. This means that you can get highly localized notifications about precipitation in your area, including when the rain starts and ends.
With this year’s software updates, the Weather app is now also available on the iPad and Mac, with many of these same features.
You can’t have a roundup of weather apps without mentioning Carrot Weather. This is easily one of the most impressive and customizable weather apps for iPhone. You can choose from a number of different data sources, and even connect Carrot Weather to your own weather station if you’d like:
Premium Club members can also use Dark Sky, AccuWeather, ClimaCell, MeteoGroup or AerisWeather as alternative data sources. Region-specific sources are also available: Environment Canada in Canada and WillyWeather in Australia.
Subscribers can also directly link data pulled from personal backyard weather stations. WeatherFlow/Tempest and Netatmo stations are directly supported, while any station that connects to PWSweather can be viewed in CARROT as well.
Carrot Weather has all the functionality you’d expect from a weather app, and more. The design of the application is fully customizable, there are detailed maps for different types of data, you can see long-term forecast data, and much more.
One of my favorite things about Carrot Weather is its combination of home screen and lock screen widgets. There are an infinite number of different options, and you can even change widget designs based on weather conditions and forecast updates. There’s also deep integration with Live Activities on the Lock screen and in the iPhone 14 Pro’s dynamic island.
Carrot Weather is known for its biting personality, which brings a playful twist to the forecast and current conditions. But if that’s not something you care about, you can easily disable it and get boring and characterless descriptions too.
You can download Carrot Weather from the App Store. If you’re looking for a Dark Sky alternative and don’t find the built-in Apple Weather powerful enough, Carrot Weather can probably fill that void quite easily.
AccuWeather is a household name in the weather industry, and there’s a reason it’s usually at the top of the App Store charts. The AccuWeather app delivers a great experience across iPhone and iPad, with design customization options, real-time alerts, in-depth forecast information, and more.
One of the most useful parts of the AccuWeather app is its advanced weather radar features. These allow you to view long-term data with radar views of water vapor, precipitation, sustained winds, and even storm surges. Other features of AccuWeather include:
- Live Weather Forecasts – Including MinuteCast forecasts for minute-by-minute precipitation updates
- Local Weather – Including severe weather alerts, temperature, precipitation, and allergy forecasts for your day
- WinterCast: Winter Weather Forecast – Gives you advanced warnings of possible snowfall and accumulation
- Daily Forecast – Includes precipitation probability, cloud cover, wind, live radar, air quality index, snowfall and even UV index
- Advanced Weather Radar – Gives you accurate views to track storms, snow, rain, ice, temperature changes and more
- Shade Temperature™ Technology – A feature that helps you get a better idea of what the weather is like in real life
You can download AccuWeather from the App Store for free with in-app purchase options for premium features.
The Weather Strip is an app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac with a unique spin. The app is known for its hourly week view, which “shows you the entire forecast at a glance, so you can pick the best times to go out more quickly.” The app also provides very useful home screen and lock screen widgets based on this data.
Use the interactive map to see forecasts for any location in the world – including mountains, trails, lakes, and anywhere you put a marker.
Severe weather warnings display directly on the forecast timeline, so you can see exactly when danger is expected—including storms, fires, hurricanes, floods, landslides, and everything else NOAA meteorologists track.
The Weather Strip is completely free to try for two weeks, after which you can sign up with an in-app purchase. Download it from the App Store.
Additionally, there are plenty of other weather apps on the App Store, with different features and capabilities. Here is a summary of the most popular options:
Do you have any recommendations for Dark Sky alternatives? Let us know in the comments.
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