Apple Acquires Dark Sky

created Mar 31, 2020

Hacker News thread from today.

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22739839

https://blog.darksky.net/dark-sky-has-a-new-home/

https://9to5mac.com/2020/03/31/apple-purchases-hyperlocal-weather-app-dark-sky-killing-android-apps/

Techmeme headline:

Weather app Dark Sky says it's been acquired by Apple along with its team; the Android app is no longer available and the API will shutter on Dec. 31, 2021

In the summer of 2013, I created my weather web app http://toledoweather.info, and I incorporated Dark Sky data by accessing their simple, JSON-based API. I shall miss their info.

http://toledoweather.info/darksky.html

But Dark Sky may get all of its U.S. weather info from the National Weather Service.

HN comment:

Have you considered using the National Weather Service API directly? To someone with only a casual interest in this stuff it seems like it has what I would want, curious about shortcomings compared with the many commercial offerings? Especially considering it's their data that e.g. DarkSky resells.

https://www.weather.gov/documentation/services-web-api

I'll have to explore if it's possible to replicate the Dark Sky data by processing NWS data at least for my usage.

For my toledoweather.info website, most of the info comes from fetching NWS HTML pages, XML files, and JSON files.

That HN thread contains over 500 comments. Excerpts from the top comment:

Sigh.

I mean, congratulations to the founders of Dark Sky. It’s a wonderful app and they deserve all the money they’ll get from this and they deserve a lot of credit for not selling user data when almost every other weather app does. But shutting down the API and Android apps feels like an egregious move by Apple.

From the Dark Sky blog post:

Website

Weather forecasts, maps, and embeds will continue until July 1, 2020. The website will remain active beyond that time in support of API and iOS App customers.

API

Our API service for existing customers is not changing today, but we will no longer accept new signups. The API will continue to function through the end of 2021.

The little, handy embed widget that I use on my Dark Sky page will stop working this summer. I will try to replace it with something text-based, along with standard weather icons.

Example output from Dark Sky's API:

http://testcode.soupmode.com/darksky.json

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