Product Review: Dark Sky weather app

Dark Sky weather app, £2.99

Time tested: Four months

What’s good? It’s a weather forecasting app that uses ultra-localised data to give you the exact forecast for the next hour, wherever you are, meaning you can ride away from impending rain, find a café or at the very least get my waterproofs on. The app uses weather radar info for the area you are in to give you a basic screen with temperature and rainfall. It’ll plot where the nearest rain is, be it two or 200 miles away, and tell you how many minutes you have until it starts and stops raining. You can even set an alert, so that it’ll give you just enough notification to get pulled in to the side of the road and pull on waterproofs, if you happen to be on the move at the time.

What’s not? Like all weather forecasts, it’s not accurate 100% of the time, just most of the time – and it needs a mobile internet signal to update, which can be a bit of a pain when you’re out in the wilderness or even just at a race meeting where the networks are crammed. It’s also Apple-only at the minute, so no love if you use an Android phone.

Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 5/5

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer