People tend to agree on the weather. Brrr, it’s freezing, or it’s disgustingly humid out are easily shared platitudes, no matter where you are or who you’re with.
People do not, however, always agree on how to check the weather. “When I open my weather app, I just want to know if it’s going to rain in the next few hours. Do I need to bring gloves?” says Jakob Henner Pedersen, a designer who lives in Copenhagen. “I don’t care if it’s going to rain in two or three days.”
Pederson spent two years developing an app that does exactly that. Sun offers neatly parceled amounts of information. Unlike apps like Apple Weather, Yahoo Weather, the awesome Braun-inspired Weather Dial app—Sun ($1.99) provides hourly snapshots, not a week’s forecast.
Open Sun, which pulls data from Dark Sky’s API, and you’re greeted with the current weather for your location. I can see that it’s 51 degrees and partly cloudy in Brooklyn. One circular icon reveals the temperature, and a royal blue ombré background represents the darkening sky. To see what the next few hours hold, I swipe left. A pencil-thin line connected to the temperature icon undulates as the day’s temperature rises and falls. If the forecast predicts rain, that line turns to dashes. Gradients of blue and white illustrate the rising and setting of the sun. These design details make for an at-a-glance app that feels sensory and intuitive to use—looking at it feels a little like looking out a window, or stepping outside.
If you need to know more, swipe up. A graph of hourly precipitation, wind, and humidity douse you in weather data. Or, you can simply enjoy the moment—rain or shine.