The Best Dark Sky alternatives for Android
Dark Sky is no more, at least for Android users. After Apple’s acquisition of Dark Sky, the popular weather app is being pulled from the Google Play Store and will cease working for Android smartphones and Wear OS devices on July 1. This leaves Android users in the dark (pun intended) when it comes to getting reliable weather forecasts and updates on their phones. Thankfully, there are plenty of worthwhile Dark Sky alternatives for Android, many of which are often more accurate than Dark Sky.
Additionally, many of them provide the kind of local weather forecasts that Dark Sky prided itself on, and they also don’t ask for unnecessary permissions or harvest needless amounts of personal data. Android users may mourn the passing of Dark Sky for now — it will live on for Apple users, likely in iOS 14 — but we will learn to love another Android weather app instead. Here are some of the best alternatives.
The Weather Channel
In a study of forecasts made between 2010 and 2017, ForecastWatch found that The Weather Channel provided the most accurate forecasts of any Android weather app. As such, the app should be one of your first ports of call when looking for the best Dark Sky alternatives.
Not only is The Weather Channel accurate, but it’s also free. Importantly, the app automatically updates its forecasts based on your location, providing hourly forecasts across the next two days, as well as the weather for the next 15 days. You can also switch on notifications for weather alerts, while it also offers exclusive videos and content, such as its six-minute morning weather program “The Lift.”
Looking almost like something developed by Apple, Today Weather is a very beautifully designed weather app that’s simple to use. Its user interface is clean and readable, providing local weather info on the current temperature, conditions, and cloud level. It also offers more finely grained detail on humidity, air quality, UV index, and pollen count. Importantly, its forecasts are usually very accurate, coming from the National Weather Service in the U.S., as well as from a range of other sources.
Usefully, Today Weather sends out alerts for strong wind and heavy rain, in addition to a variety of other severe weather events. For those who like to visualize their weather in more detail, it comes with a radar that can be used to see precipitation and how it’s moving across your town, region, and nation. It also lets you add a quick-view widget forecast.
The week will start with a very late season snowfall in the high elevations of the northern Rockies.
A low pressure system is producing widespread rain that will continue to accumulate across much of the region today. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the intense precipitation rates have driven snow levels down below 7,000 feet, particularly across Lemhi County in eastern Idaho and areas of southwestern Montana. This includes Bannock Pass, Lemhi Pass, US-93 over Lost Trail Pass and Georgetown Lake.
Elevations above 7,500 feet could get hit with snowfall totals of 6 inches through this morning, with as many as 12 inches on some of the tallest peaks. Most spots between 6,500 and 7,500 feet will see around 2 inches of snowfall.
Dan Zumpfe, a NWS meteorologist in Missoula, Montana, told FreightWaves that snowfall down to 7,000 feet or lower in this region in early summer is quite rare.
„Not so rare that it would be unheard of ever in historical records,” Zumpfe said. „But it’s probably not something you’ll see more often than maybe once every 10 to 20 years.”
Zumpfe also said truckers may run into minor slushy conditions on paved roads over some mountain passes, but snow won’t stick to these roads because the surface temperatures are too warm this time of year. However, some less-traveled and non-paved routes could be more troublesome.
„Anyone who is off the beaten path is going to be faced with snow accumulations that will make travel very difficult and traction very tenuous,” Zumpfe added.
He went on to say that the snowfall and low clouds may cause low visibility at times for drivers.
The NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory (WWA) for these areas. It is set to expire at noon Mountain Time today as forecasters expect the storm to ease during the afternoon.
The sun, Earth and moon will align on Saturday night, giving skywatchers around the globe a chance to see one of the top astronomical events of the month.
On the night of July 4, the full moon will pass through part of Earth’s shadow, creating a lunar eclipse that will be visible across North America and South America. This will be the first lunar eclipse visible from this part of the world since 2019. People in some places in Africa and western Europe will also be able to see part of the eclipse.
The eclipse will be the perfect celestial event for those across the United States staying up late after Independence Day fireworks, as long as clouds don’t interfere.
There are three types of lunar eclipses: a total lunar eclipse, a partial lunar eclipse and a penumbral lunar eclipse. Saturday night’s event will be the latter of the three.
In a penumbral lunar eclipse, the moon passes only through Earth’s outer shadow, called the penumbra, and misses the darker inner shadow, called the umbra.
„This third kind of lunar eclipse is much more subtle, and much more difficult to observe, than either a total or partial eclipse of the moon,” EarthSky explained on its website. „At best, at mid-eclipse, very observant people will notice a dark shading on the moon’s face.”
This is vastly different from a total lunar eclipse when the moon goes completely dark and can even take on a deep red or rusty orange color.
|The first penumbral eclipse of moon of 2017 is seen in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)|
People of all ages can see the event — no telescope required — but knowing what time to look up is key.
The eclipse will get underway on July 4 at 11:07 p.m. EDT and continue until July 5 at 1:52 a.m. EDT, but the best time to look will be during the middle of the event.
The shaded corner of the moon will be most evident around 12:30 a.m. EDT, just about mid-eclipse, before the moon gradually drifts out of the Earth’s shadow.
Folks across the western U.S. are expected to enjoy the best viewing conditions on Saturday night for watching the lunar eclipse and any firework displays. Mainly clear conditions will also lead to uninterrupted viewing in parts of Texas, the lower Midwest and the Canadian Prairies.
Clouds could be an issue for much of the rest of the U.S. mainland, especially across the Deep South, New England and swaths of the central U.S. where thick clouds and rain will block out the night sky.
Other areas of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico will have some clouds around throughout the night, but there should be enough breaks for people to catch occasional glimpses of the darkened moon throughout the eclipse.
The eclipse will be the main event in the night sky this weekend, but people may also want to look toward the moon on Sunday night as it shines extremely close to Jupiter and Saturn.
The three will be bunched together all night long with the trio rising in the southeasterly sky around 10 p.m. local time.
After this weekend, stargazers will need to wait until the night of Nov. 30 for the next opportunity to watch the moon pass through the Earth’s shadow. This too will be a penumbral lunar eclipse, but it will be visible over a larger area of land, including the Americas, Australia and eastern Asia.
The next total lunar eclipse is set to take place on May 26, 2021, and, similar to the eclipse in November, it will be visible over most of the Americas, Australia and eastern Asia.
Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.
A 72-year-old woman was gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park, park officials said.
The California woman approached the bison June 25 to take a photo of the animal. The bison gored her and the woman had “multiple goring wounds,” the National Park Service said in a Monday news release.
She was flown by helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, park officials said.
“The series of events that led to the goring suggest the bison was threatened by being repeatedly approached to within 10 feet,” Yellowstone’s Senior Bison Biologist Chris Geremia said in a news release. “Bison are wild animals that respond to threats by displaying aggressive behaviors like pawing the ground, snorting, bobbing their head, bellowing, and raising their tail.”
Bison are massive animals and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds, according to Yellowstone. They can travel up to 30 miles per hour and “can be aggressive,” the park said.
“To be safe around bison, stay at least 25 yards away, move away if they approach, and run away or find cover if they charge,” Geremia said.