Find The Most Accurate Weather Service Wherever You Are With ForecastAdvisor

It’s a bummer that Dark Sky is going away for some people”whether you’re an Android user or your depend on the service’s API for your own customised weather setup, like a Home Assistant card. But maybe it wasn’t the best weather service to begin with?

I don’t say that to crap on Dark Sky; it’s a great app and a great weather service. However, where you live is different from where I live, and there might be apps that are even more accurate at predicting the forecast than what a lot of people have simply assured you was “the best weather app.”

To actually find the best weather service for where you live, try Dark Sky alternatives, and it’s useful enough for your everyday life to warrant its own special callout.

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The site is simple to use. You enter your zip code or city/state combination and are delivered a quick five-day forecast in return. That’s not nearly as interesting as the other data ForecastAdvisor offers, however: The site also details which of the major weather services have been the most accurate at predicting your local weather conditions over the previous month and the same time period a year earlier. That’s useful if you’d like to see who has upped their prediction game”or gotten worse.

I also like ForecastAdvisor’s advanced analysis, found using the tiny “Further accuracy analysis »” link in the lower-right corner; click that for even more detail about which weather service is most worth your attention.

My suspicion is that you won’t find a ton of variance between the Top Five: The Weather Channel, Weather Underground, AccuWeather, Dark Sky and Foreca. I’d probably stick with one of them”or at least an app that taps into one of them”were I looking for a new source for weather updates.

As for which app might serve you best, that depends on just how much of a variance you see on your ForecastAdvisor report. If your favourite app uses a service that’s only a few percentage points away from the most accurate one, I wouldn’t sweat it. No need shuffle around your life or app habits for a service that might be only marginally better at predicting your weather at the expense of, say, an annoying UI.

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