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The best alternatives to Apple's Dark Sky weather app

Dark Sky

Apple's Dark Sky app will stop working on December 31, 2022. Here are some of our favorite alternative weather apps.

Dark Sky is one of the most popular weather apps for smartphones and browsers. However, since Apple acquired it, the app has been living on borrowed time.

The iOS version of Dark Sky will continue to function until December 31, 2022, and the API will be available until March 31, 2023. After that, you'll need to find an alternative.

There's no harm in starting your search early, though, so we've compiled a list of our favorite alternatives to Dark Sky.


Using an intuitive "weather layer" system, Ventusky gives you a plethora of information at a glance. For example, you can quickly look up temperature and temperature anomalies, cloud cover, radar, snow cover, dew point, air quality, and more.

It also includes two different widgets for forecast and radar in multiple sizes.

Ventusky is available for $3.99.

Carrot Weather

From the makers of Carrot Fit, Carrot To-Do, and Recur! The Reverse To-Do List, Carrot Weather, is a cheeky weather app that packs a punch.

Carrot Weather offers weather maps, a companion Apple Watch app, multiple forecast modes, and notifications to alert you to precipitation and severe weather.

And unlike many other weather apps, Carrot Weather allows you to switch between multiple sources for your weather data, including AccuWeather and ClimaCell.

Carrot Weather is free, but certain features are locked behind subscriptions, which start at $14.99 and can go up to $29.99 per year.

Weather Underground

Popular with thermometer-watchers around the world, Weather Underground is one of the top weather apps in the App Store.

Weather Underground uses its own data from over 250,000 Weather Underground-owned stations and a proprietary forecast model to give accurate hyperlocal forecasts.

Weather Underground is free but is ad supported. Users can remove ads for $1.99 per year, or choose a subscription for premium features for $19.99 per year, or $3.99 per month.

Geometric Weather

If you like lightweight, minimalist weather apps, Geometric Weather is one of the best. It provides real-time temperature, air quality, a two-week weather forecast, and local alerts for severe weather conditions.

Geometric Weather also gets its data from AccuWeather rather than OpenWeatherMap, which most other free apps tend to use. AccuWeather is allegedly more accurate than apps that use OpenWeatherMap.

Geometric Weather is free and absent of ads, but there's a caveat to using it — currently, it's only available as a TestFlight app. Android users, however, can get it at the Play store.