Mar 22 AT 3:32 PM Dustin Earley 28 Comments

Quick look: SkyMotion brings you up-to-the-minute forecasts in a beautiful, simple way

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I’ve always been a big fan of single-task apps. Apps that do one thing, but do it really well. Or in an innovative or beautiful way. SkyMotion is a good example of this. It’s a weather app, but it doesn’t give you a five day forecast, and there’s no radar, humidity readings, dew-point information or wind speeds. SkyMotion simply tells you if it’s going to rain, or snow, in the next two hours, with incredible accuracy, in a gorgeous way.

There’s isn’t a whole lot to say about what SkyMotion does; it’s how it does it that’s impressive. According to the in-app about section, SkyMotion uses a “proprietary 2-hour precipitation forecasting technology developed by Sky Motion Research called nowcasting.” SkyMotion uses over 200 weather radars in the United States and Canada and some unique “algorithms derived from the computer graphics industry” to produce minute-by-minute precipitation forecasts in high resolution 1 km x 1 km grids. SkyMotion then refreshes this information in either 5, 10 or 15 minute intervals, since weather is known to change to frequently. In other words: highly accurate, hyper-localized weather prediction.

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Functionality wise, that’s all SkyMotion does. There’s no radar map or anything else cluttering the app. Just a clean blue box with a subtle graphic, the current temperature and some text saying whether or not it’s going to snow in the next two hours. You can add more locations to swipe through, read the precipitation summary for the next two hours in five minute intervals and change whether the temperature is displayed in Celsius or Fahrenheit. But that’s it.

The accuracy of SkyMotion has yet to fail me, but reviews on Google Play are mixed. While some complain that SkyMotion is off the mark, others say it’s wonderfully accurate. Five-star reviews far outweigh one-star reviews, so I wouldn’t judge SkyMotion’s accuracy before you try it for yourself.

All in all, I highly recommend downloading SkyMotion and checking it out. Combined with Google Now, I don’t need any other weather apps on my phone (although I do keep Radar Now installed just in case I want to geek out on some NWS radar action). If nothing else, it’s free, so there really isn’t anything to lose.

 

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • HeadDoc

    I have never understood how there can be so many weather apps. How do these devs make any $? My phone comes with a weather app, weather forecasts are wrong all the time, and I don’t really need precise forecasts…

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      Well, before we can find an answer for that, we need to answer this question: how can there be a 24/7 cable channel dedicated entirely to weather.

      • www.phonewbie.com

        Well, before we can answer that we need to answer why are there so many photo editing apps that all do the same thing.

        • Alestry

          Well, before we can answer that; we need to figure out why ain’t nobody got time for that.

    • GrayCook

      in this case i read they’re selling their minute by minute weather technology. You’re lumping them with other apps but none of the other apps give you a minute by minute forecast.

      I like it, its pretty accurate. Helps when the skies are pretty gray and u have no idea when it’s about to pour cats and dogs on you, eeeek!!!!

    • Tangent

      For the same reason there are so many different cars, and motorcycles, and pants, etc… This isn’t a one-size-fits-all world. The features and look that you love in an app might be exactly why somebody else hates it. Fortunately with all these options you can find the one that’s the best fit for you. As long as you see a niche that isn’t being filled by an existing app, you can make money. This one has nothing I need myself, but I can definitely see how it would fix a huge shortcoming of all other apps for some people.

  • lolobabes

    Not available in my country great! Lol

  • jordanfritzsche

    I’ll give it a whirl. I don’t know why but I have always really liked trying out new weather apps even though I live in Arizona and the weather is pretty predictable.

    • Christopher Wueste

      I was thinking the same thing here in South Texas. lol I could make an app for South Texas that just showed 100 degrees and no chance of rain from April till October and it would be right on the money about 90% of the time. Sad days. I miss the rain.

      • SGB101

        Looking out the windows, at the snow and wind #jealous

    • jubileex

      skymotion is pretty amazing!!! I love how your location instantly pops up on screen

  • Robert Stevens

    I like weather bug, they have gear hanging at all of the local schools. They gather real time data and radar. The t.v.weather man even uses it!

    • Brushka

      Wow weather bug plant much? You missed the point of this entire article is seems. Weather bug or any other app for that matter does NOT give you minute by minute forecasts like Skymotion. Also none of them point out the fweather for ur exact location….

  • AndroidVND

    There tons of great apps to download at http://androidvnd.com

  • donger

    Nice weather app.

  • SGB101

    Google now does my weather reporting, but most of the time I look out the window!

    • Plezza212

      Ummmm…. i was shopping the other day and this app told me exactly when i could expect to leave the building without getting drenched…

      Looking out the window does not do this so much….

      • SGB101

        I’ll explain; if there are spots of water on the windows, put a coat on. If the trees are moving, put a coat on. If neither are visible, leave the coat.

        It quite a simple notion really.

        I live in the UK, we don’t need a window or an app, we just keep the coat on till June, replace with jacket, then put the coat back on in September.

  • Web and Other

    I will give it a try right away. Weather apps are awlays fun to check out.

  • Shawn Clark

    I like this app…very up-to-date- on the weather info…its simple and accurate…its definitely worth the checkout.

  • Tom

    I question the need for a 2 hour forecast… I need to know precipitation because I walk to work, but guess what? At the end of the day I have to walk home, too. This is a great app if you leave your house for <2 hours at a time, which I never do. I guess at least I'll know I can walk outside to smoke a cigarette and not be poured on within the 5 minutes it takes? This is great if accurate, to be included in a full featured weather app. Not on its own, with no forecast for the rest of the day.

    • SGB101

      Maybe good for walkers

  • Alex Pena

    I’ll check it out, I looked up the radar earlier and its supposed to rain very soon so lets see how accurate it is.

  • invierno

    This skymotion app so accurate. Told me it was going to rain in 25 mins and bam, there it was!

  • irishrally

    It doesn’t really rain enough in California to need this.

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  • Cliffy44

    This program / app is beyond excellent on both my AT&T Samsung Note 2 and on my Galaxy S3. And, I use Skymotion and one other weather program to be more accurate than the Main Stream Media weather-guessers are, on ABC (local and network). I was wrong only 1 time, in the past year. ABC can NOT say that; and perhaps, they should switch to this program / app.

    I give this program / app 10 out of 10 stars.

  • E-man

    I like the concept, besides the fact that an update every 5 minutes will probably be a battery drainer.