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The Dark Sky app just made weather more fun. Several interactive features have recently been added to the outdoor forecast platform, which can help individuals benefit from accurate weather predictions.

Through crowdsourcing, the app now collects local data from users. As a result, forecasts from the app are more responsive. The official blog post mentioned the following about the importance of this feature:

“Up until now, we’ve relied mostly on government-run weather stations to provide ‘ground truth’ to validate our forecasts. But there are relatively few stations world-wide, and they don’t always provide timely updates when we need them. By recruiting our wonderful users to help us, we can greatly increase the on-the-ground data that we need most.”

Dark Sky local weather submission

Simple Reporting and Real-time Weather Submissions

To encourage people to use the reporting feature, developers created a very straightforward way to submit personalized forecasts. Individuals who would like to make a contribution would simply need to match the current outdoor condition in the area with a corresponding icon. Lightning and fog options are also available for added information.

There are no incentives for consistent participation at this time. For now, the data is only being used to boost local forecasts. However, that doesn’t mean it will stop there. The app’s shift to crowdsourcing hints at a possible online weather community brewing, ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and amateur meteorologists to come together and talk about the climate. Such additions would help the company breakaway from the sea of weather apps in the Apple App Store.

Automatic Forecast-gathering Features

For iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, there is another way to contribute to the app. Using a built-in barometer, individuals have the option to submit local pressure readings. The whole process is done automatically. There is no need to manually create a report. One would be required to opt-in to participate by turning on the enlisting feature.

Dark Sky app Apple Watch

Custom Notifications

Everyone has different weather forecast preferences. In order to cater to a wide range of lifestyles, the Dark Sky team launched advanced notifications. Users can enter a list of weather criteria (precipitation, wind, UV index and etc.) in the app and receive alerts when an outdoor condition has been met.

For example, if you have a set of plants that are sensitive to frost, setting up a notification for below freezing temperatures would ensure your precious garden makes it through the unforgiving winter. If you’re a kite surfer, knowing about the latest wind conditions could help you gauge when to hit the water.

This feature could ease the number of times you actually check the outdoor forecast. Essentially, you’ll only need to look into the weather when an alert comes through.

Price and Compatibility

The Dark Sky app costs $3.99 in the Apple App Store. A device running iOS 7 or later is required to operate the app. It works on the Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. To get the most out of the weather platform, it is recommended to use the app on the following smartphones: iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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