What do the timeline colors represent?
The light gray color represents a clear sky (i.e. sunny) and the darker gray colors represent varying levels of cloudiness (partly cloudy, mostly cloudy, and overcast). The blue colors represent rain, and the blue-purple colors represent snow -- the lighter variations of these colors mean the precipitation is forecasted to be light.
What does X error message mean?
- “Error retrieving forecast”, “Forecast unavailable”, or “Sorry, unable to get forecast”: The app was unable to fetch a forecast. This is usually due to connectivity issues.
- “Next hour forecast temporarily unavailable (radar station is down)”: This message means that the data from a government run radar station is down in your area. We don't have control over these stations, but this is generally fixed within a few days.
- “Detailed next hour forecast is unavailable due to lack of radar coverage” or “Detailed next hour forecast is unavailable”: We do not have enough radar data to create a reliable next hour forecast for this location.
- “Current Location Unavailable”, “Location unavailable”, or “Sorry, unable to find your location”: The app could not find your location. Please check that location is enabled and Dark Sky has the location permission enabled.
To what direction do the wind arrows point?
The arrows indicate the direction the wind is blowing. So if the arrows are pointing north (towards the top of the app), that means the wind is blowing from south to north.
What do the percentages mean?
The percentage shown below the day label is the probability of precipitation occurring at any time within the day. For example, if the percentage is 90%, this means we are reporting that there is a 90% chance it will rain at some point on that day.
The percentages shown if you click "Precip %" button are the probability of precipitation occurring at any time within that hour. For example, if the app showed "12AM 15%", this means we are reporting that there is a 15% chance it will rain at some point between 12am-1am.
The percentage shown in the weather condition description is the maximum hourly precipitation probability of that time block on the timeline. Using a time block of 8am-12pm and "Rain (14%)" as an example, this means one hour between 8am-12pm has a 14% chance of rain and all other hours have less than or equal to 14% chance of rain.
Why is the daily precipitation percentage so high when the hourly precipitation value is so low?
This is one confusing part of probability. While there may be just a small chance of precipitation during any individual hour, there are many chances for precipitation throughout the entire day. Because there are more chances for precipitation, the probability for the whole day will be higher than for any single hour.
The more hours you wait, the more likely it will rain during at least one of them.
Do you have a “feels like” feature?
We display “feels like” temperature wherever appropriate and screen real estate allows. There is no longer a way to display “feels like” temperature instead of actual temperature.
Why isn't the Apple Watch updating properly?
It’s possible that the Apple Watch app is not running. Simply opening the watch app should resolve any issues with the app itself and any associated watch complications.
With the addition of cellular connectivity to some Series 3 Apple Watch models, the Dark Sky app can load forecasts, update complications and receive notifications without being connected to your iPhone. However, any changes to your saved locations or preferred units of measurement must be made from the Dark Sky iPhone app, and will not be reflected on your watch until the watch and phone are paired again.
Why can’t I scroll further into the future?
The zoomed out view is the forecast model view (on the scale of days) and the zoomed in view is the radar view (on the scale of hours). You can toggle between the two views by pinching to zoom. You can drag your finger along the timeline to play the future forecast.
Why is the map view zoomed out when I load it? Can I change this?
The map zoom varies depending on nearby weather conditions. If there is no precipitation in your area, the zoom will be further out (otherwise the map would be completely blank). When there is precipitation in your area, the map will zoom in to provide an appropriate level of detail. We don’t offer a way to customize this functionality.
How do I search for a new location?
If you tap the magnifying glass at the top left of your main screen, you will be able to search for a new location. We save your past search locations in the “Recent Searches” section so you can find them again easily.
How do I permanently save a location?
Tap the icon to the right of each city and drag it to the Saved Locations section. You can reorder cities in your Saved Locations by dragging the same icon.
Why isn’t the location showing my home address?
We use third party geocoder services to determine your address. Generally speaking, this should be close to accurate, but not always perfect. It will not affect your forecasts, however, since we use your coordinates, not street address, to generate a forecast.
Why am I getting notifications for the wrong location?
Dark Sky may be using an old or cached location. Please try uninstalling and reinstalling the app (there’s no extra charge for this if you are signed in with the same App Store ID that you originally purchased with).