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You’re sending your kids off to the bus stop but the skies look as if rain might start pouring any minute.
You’re headed to a business lunch but aren’t sure whether to bring an umbrella in case the predicted storm hits before you’re done with dessert.
You’re ready for your morning run when it starts to rain. You want to know if the rain will end soon or whether you should head out now and brave the weather.
There are times when you need to know the five-day forecast but there are plenty of other times when you need to know the weather within the next few hours. SkyMotion is a free weather service that gives you real time hyper-local weather with impressive accuracy.
How SkyMotion Works
SkyMotion is a mobile app and a website that can give you immediate weather information in an exact location. SkyMotion gives you temperature as well as predictions about rain, snow, hail, sleet and other forms of precipitation.
You can use SkyMotion on your mobile device or your computer. SkyMotion can either find your location or you can type in an address.
Skymotion will show you the temperature and predict the likelihood of precipitation at your location within the next two hours in five minute intervals. The service will also tell you how heavy the precipitation will be.
Here’s a quick video showing you how Skymotion works:
The app is simple to use and easy to navigate. You can save favorite addresses and set your temperature readings to Fahrenheit or Celsius. You can also set your weather intervals to one, five or fifteen minutes apart.
The first time I tested the app, I compared SkyMotion to four other weather apps I have on my iPhone. I woke one morning and opened SkyMotion which told me that the temperature outside was 38°. I checked with other weather apps, including The Weather Channel, Weather Bug, and Outside, as well as with Siri which uses the iPhone native weather app. Each of the other apps told me that the temperature where I was located was 54°, a 16° difference from SkyMotion.
I then went old school and consulted my trusty thermometer. In the battle of SkyMotion vs. my other weather apps, SkyMotion won by a landslide. The thermometer read 38°.
How could SkyMotion be so right when the other apps were so wrong? SkyMotion used my exact location instead of my street address. The other apps based their information on the town where I live, not my precise location.
SkyMotion’s predictions about precipitation were extremely accurate as well. A couple of times when the skies were quite gray, I checked with SkyMotion to see whether rain was in my near future. SkyMotion correctly assured me that rain wasn’t in the immediate forecast.
The predictions sometimes aren’t as clear cut as yes or no. Sometimes the app says that rain is likely or highly likely. but the app never was completely wrong in the weeks that I have been testing it.
SkyMotion is available as a free app for Android at Google Play, and for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at the iTunes App Store. SkyMotion is also available free online through the SkyMotion website.
Update: SkyMotion is now available free for Windows Phones at the Windows Phone Store.
SkyMotion has information on over 16 million zones in the lower 48 states of the US and in Canada. The company has plans to expand into Europe with coverage coming to the UK soon.
Have you been looking for a weather service that gives you immediate information? Have you ever been steered wrong by a weather service? Do you like the idea of a weather service that can give you hyper-local, real-time weather forecasts? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Red Umbrella image by Stefano Corso.