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The App: Perhaps the most visually captivating app on the list, Dark Sky’s star design feature is its forecast map, which presents a color-coded global temperature and precipitation forecast on a 3-dimensional map of the planet. But the app’s main service is its short-term precipitation prediction, which lends itself to a more spontaneous crowd. This feature tells the user whether to expect precipitation in the next hour and pinpoints where the nearest precipitation is (for example, 50 miles to the south).
The Data: Dark Sky is powered by a weather service called Forecast, which takes a different approach from most others. While it draws its data mostly from the National Weather Service and several equivalent European agencies, it’s powered exclusively by computers. While Huff says input from human meteorologists is key to The Weather Channel’s accuracy, Nese says relying solely on computer models and algorithms can still produce highly accurate forecasts.
$3.99. Available for iOS.
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