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Down-to-the-minute weather prediction for your exact location. Accompanied by stunning high-resolution radar animations.
Down-to-the-minute weather prediction for your exact location. Accompanied by stunning high-resolution radar animations.
1,203 backers pledged $39,376 to help bring this project to life.

Dark Sky saved my wedding day.

First of all, thanks to all you awesome backers! We've just about reached the 10% funded point and things are really ramping up. Be sure to tell everyone you know (friends, family, therapists, that cute guy you see on the subway every day) about us!

Secondly, I'd just like to leave a little anecdote here:

I got married this past June. We decided to have the wedding outdoors, on the banks of the beautiful Connecticut River. Fearing rain, we got a big ol' tent to house the reception, but we really wanted the ceremony outside overlooking the river and were hoping we could keep the rain at bay with happy thoughts and magical incantations.

Unfortunately, I woke up the day of the wedding to find grey skies... Grey skies that gradually gave way to light rain... Rain that they forecasted would last all day.

Every time the rain would die down, I'd get hopeful, only to have that hope dashed with the precipitation's return. As the time of the ceremony approached, we had to make a decision whether to keep everything under the tent, or go ahead as planned. Everyone told us not to chance it and just have the ceremony under the tent.

Not so fast! Enter Dark Sky!

I'd been working on Dark Sky for some time, and it's been a prototype for more than a year. More importantly, I made sure the servers were running for the Big Day. So I grabbed my iPhone, opened up the app, and took a gander at the chart.

Despite the ominous clouds, Dark Sky reported that the rain would hold off for just under an hour... enough time to have the ceremony. So we rounded up a posse of groomsmen and had the entire area set up in 20 minutes. The ceremony went off without a hitch and we were back under the tent by the time the rain returned.

Dark Sky saved my wedding day!


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      joan traber on November 3, 2011

      Moving right along! You are now over 20% closer to making our weather reports more predictable.

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      Donna Grossman on November 3, 2011

      Nice wedding story. Loved the accompanying picture.

    3. Brian L. Frye & Penny Lane on November 2, 2011

      That's what I'm talking about!!! You guys gotta send this link to wedding bloggers. Nerdy ones. They totally exist.

    4. Adam Grossman & Jack Turner Creator on November 2, 2011

      Taylor: the situation you mention can sometimes trip up Dark Sky. But we think we know how to fix it! So your donations will help us do just that.

    5. Taylor Hively on November 1, 2011

      I'm curious to see how well Dark Sky handles rain prediction in valleys. I live on the dry side of a mountain range. Often on radar you can see heavy rain approaching from the other side of the mountains as the air mass approaches, dumps the rain on the mountains, and pass over us with little to no rain. Does Dark Sky factor this in? I love the concept and look forward to using it!

    6. Cindy Au on November 1, 2011

      Awww, that's a great story. Thanks for sharing!