Farewell to Dark Sky, which didn’t keep us dry, but forever changed the way we get our forecasts

The World’s Best Terrible Weather App

Interesting article.

Suddenly, everyone I knew was a meteorologist, pulling out their pocket-sized radar display to chime in about whether a baseball game would be postponed or a wedding ceremony moved inside.
The app’s standout was the radar map that allowed users to watch storms—rendered in electric blue and neon magenta—wash across their localities in real time.

Indeed, Dark Sky’s big innovation wasn’t simply that its map was gorgeous and user-friendly:
—Dark Sky simply monitored changes to the shape, size, speed, and direction of shapes on a radar map and fast-forwarded those images. “It wasn’t meteorology,” Blum said. “It was just graphics practice.”

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