Dark Sky’s API, iOS app, and web app will all stop working next year

A new blog post from the developers of Apple-owned, hyperlocal weather app Dark Sky has announced that the iOS and web versions of the app, as well as the Dark Sky API, will sunset at the end of 2022.

Here’s the exact wording from the blog post:

Support for the Dark Sky API service for existing customers will continue until the end of 2022. The iOS app and Dark Sky website will also be available until the end of 2022.

Dark Sky’s developers initially said the API would shut down at the end of 2021, but this new end-of-2022 target obviously moves things back a bit. This is the first time we’ve heard about an end date for the iOS app, though.

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#apple, #dark-sky, #dark-sky-api, #ios, #ios-15, #tech, #weather

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When Living in California Means Fearing the Outdoors

When air quality gets bad from wildfires, people are left clinging to their air purifiers.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drought, #forests-and-forestry, #goats, #los-angeles-calif, #paradise-calif, #population, #rain, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #weather, #wildfires

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The Western Drought Is Bad. Here’s What You Should Know About It.

Answers to questions about the current situation in California and the Western half of the United States.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #drought, #global-warming, #reservoirs, #water, #weather

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China Suspends Ultramarathons After Death of 21 Runners

Some relatives of the runners who died in an recent race are quietly asking whether their loved ones could have been saved.

#china, #deaths-fatalities, #gansu-province-china, #rescues, #ultramarathon-running, #weather, #wechat-mobile-app, #xi-jinping

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Record Heat Bakes Drought-Stricken West

Blistering temperatures add to concerns of a potentially devasting wildfire season

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#climate, #sustainability, #weather

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Western States Face Excessive Heat Warnings and Advisories

Temperatures in Northern California could hit 107 on Tuesday and areas across Washington could reach the lower 100s, the National Weather Service said.

#california, #global-warming, #las-vegas-nev, #montana, #national-weather-service, #nevada, #washington-state, #weather, #western-states-us

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Seasonal Affective Disorder Isn’t Just for Winter

Feeling blue even though everyone seems to be basking in perfect summer weather? There might be a good reason for that.

#content-type-service, #depression-mental, #mental-health-and-disorders, #pollen, #psychology-and-psychologists, #research, #rosenthal-norman-e, #seasonal-affective-disorder-sad, #summer-season, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #weather

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Will the Next Space-Weather Season Be Stormy or Fair?

As another 11-year cycle of solar activity begins, scientists debate how violent our stellar friend is likely to be.

#earth, #planets, #radiation, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #sun, #weather, #your-feed-science

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Taiwan Drought: Residents Pray for Rain and Scramble to Save Water

Some of the island’s lakes and reservoirs have nearly run dry. And water restrictions have forced many residents to modify how they shower, wash dishes and flush.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #drought, #rain, #reservoirs, #shortages, #sun-moon-lake-taiwan, #taichung, #taiwan, #typhoons, #water, #weather

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Chinese Ultramarathon: A Survivor Describes the Deadly Race

After 21 runners died when high winds and freezing rain struck an ultramarathon race, one competitor said he had survived only because a shepherd carried his unconscious body to shelter.

#accidents-and-safety, #china, #deaths-fatalities, #rescues, #ultramarathon-running, #weather, #zhang-xiaotao-1970

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21 Runners Dead After Extreme Weather Hits Chinese Ultramarathon

The 62-mile mountain race in Gansu Province left athletes in shorts and T-shirts facing freezing rain, hail and high winds.

#accidents-and-safety, #china, #deaths-fatalities, #gansu-province-china, #rescues, #ultramarathon-running, #weather

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Even Amid a Pandemic, More Than 40 Million People Fled Their Homes

Storms, floods, wildfires and to a lesser degree, conflict, uprooted millions globally in 2020 — the largest human displacement in more than a decade.

#floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #internal-displacement-monitoring-center, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #weather

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Scientists Predict an ‘Above Normal’ Atlantic Hurricane Season

The forecast, which follows a record season in 2020, arrives as hurricanes are becoming more destructive over time.

#air-pollution, #floods, #global-warming, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #lake-charles-la, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #weather

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Before Deadly Accident, Lift Boat Turned Toward Heavy Winds, N.T.S.B. Says

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board detailed the events that led to a commercial vessel’s capsizing off the Louisiana coast.

#boats-and-boating, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #national-transportation-safety-board, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #rescues, #weather, #wind

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We’re Not Ready for the Next Big Climate Disasters

Any infrastructure bill should include money to protect communities from flooding, storms, drought and wildfires.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-aid-us, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather

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The new abnormal is warming up the US government’s new climate norms

Map of the US, largely shaded in red.

Enlarge / What a difference a decade makes. Even though 2/3 of the data in the new normals is present in the previous ones, the last decade’s still been hot enough to drag the temperatures upwards. (credit: NOAA)

On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a set of data it terms the “US Climate Normals.” Updated once a decade, the figures contained in the report are based on the past 30 years of weather records, and they provide a sense of what the typical weather is on a given day of the year in each of the US’s states and territories.

As you might imagine, given the recent global temperature records, these figures show widespread warming compared to the normals of even a decade ago. They also reveal that while much of the US is getting wetter with the changing climate, California and the Southwest are in the midst of a dramatic drying trend.

What’s normal, anyway?

As NOAA puts it, you’re most likely to come across its climate normals on a weather forecast when the projected conditions are compared to the ones typical for that location and time of year. The normals provide information on what’s typical.

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#climate, #climate-change, #noaa, #science, #weather

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Severe Weather Expected in South for Third Straight Day

At least two people have been killed, and forecasters said more tornadoes could come on Tuesday.

#alabama, #arkansas, #georgia, #national-weather-service, #southern-states-us, #texas, #tornadoes, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #weather, #wind

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Damage Reported as Tornadoes Tear Across the South

The National Weather Service planned to survey damage in four Mississippi counties on Monday. Tornadoes were also reported in Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina.

#alabama, #atlanta-ga, #georgia, #kentucky, #mississippi, #national-weather-service, #tennessee, #tornadoes, #weather

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With Search Ending, 13 Are Likely Dead in Capsized Boat in Gulf

The Seacor Power, a lift boat carrying 19 people, capsized last week, eight miles from a Louisiana port in stormy weather. Six crew members were quickly rescued. The bodies of five others have been recovered.

#gulf-of-mexico, #louisiana, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #rescues, #seacor-power, #united-states-coast-guard, #weather

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Missing Arctic ice fueled the “Beast of the East” winter storm

Image of clouds streaming over the ocean.

Enlarge / Picking up moisture from the ice-free sea, a storm builds and heads towards Europe. (credit: NASA)

Extreme weather has become the new normal—whether it’s precipitation, drought, wind, heat, or cold. The question of how the ever-shrinking layer of Arctic sea ice has contributed to any of these changes has prompted some lively discussion over the past few years. Researchers have proposed that a weakened jet stream driven by vanishing Arctic sea ice might play a large role in extreme winter events like the descending polar vortex that struck North America earlier this year. But the idea hasn’t held up well in light of more recent evidence.

But now, researchers have identified a direct link between extreme winter weather and sea ice loss. The 2018 “Beast of the East” winter storm hit Europe with record-breaking snowfall and low temperatures. And potentially as much as 88 percent of that snowfall originated from increased evaporation of the Barents Sea.

The working hypothesis is that Arctic sea ice acts as a cap for Arctic waters, limiting evaporation. Less sea ice and warmer Arctic temperatures mean more evaporation, potentially explaining the increased severity of winter storms like the Beast of the East. Until now, it’s been tough to measure direct evidence linking sea ice loss to extreme European winters, but recent advances in technology are making this a little less challenging.

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#airport-extreme, #climate-change, #science, #sea-ice, #weather

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French Wine Production Ravaged by a Devastating Frost

France’s winegrowers had already been hit by higher U.S. taxes and the pandemic. Now they are dealing with a “violent” cold snap.

#agriculture-and-farming, #france, #weather, #wines

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Taiwan’s Drought Pits Chip Makers Against Farmers

The island is going to great lengths to keep water flowing to its all-important semiconductor industry, including shutting off irrigation to legions of rice growers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #computer-chips, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #irrigation, #reservoirs, #rice, #shortages, #taiwan, #taiwan-semiconductor-manufacturing-company-ltd, #water, #weather

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Floods and Mudslides in Eastern Indonesia Leave at Least 41 Dead

Entire neighborhoods were submerged, with some of the worst effects hitting a remote island accessible only by sea, officials said.

#deaths-fatalities, #floods, #indonesia, #landslides-and-mudslides, #rain, #weather

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Flooding in Nashville Kills at Least 4 as Water Keeps Rising

Dozens of people were rescued as cars were swept away and neighborhoods were swamped. “We’re not out of the woods yet,” officials said, as water levels climbed on the Cumberland River.

#floods, #landslides-and-mudslides, #nashville-tenn, #rain, #weather

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Small Towns Grieve After Tornadoes Across Georgia and Alabama

Dozens of tornadoes tore across Alabama and Georgia beginning on Thursday, leaving at least six dead and many neighborhoods in tatters.

#alabama, #georgia, #mobile-homes-and-trailers, #national-weather-service, #newnan-ga, #ohatchee-ala, #tornadoes, #weather

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The ‘Old American Dream,’ a Trap as the Floods Keep Coming

In Houston’s poorest neighborhoods, an unfamiliar winter storm stoked a familiar anguish, one fueled by recurring floods and what residents see as a pattern of neglect.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #families-and-family-life, #floods, #global-warming, #houston-tex, #hurricane-harvey-2017, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #texas, #weather

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Tornado Watch Warns South of ‘Particularly Dangerous’ Storms

The storms were expected to bring damaging winds over 100 miles per hour and large hail to parts of the South on Wednesday evening.

#national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #national-weather-service, #southern-states-us, #tornadoes, #weather, #wind

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Eight States Are Seeding Clouds to Overcome Megadrought

But there is little evidence to show that the process is increasing precipitation

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#environment, #sustainability, #weather

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Colorado Snowstorm Knocks Out Power to Thousands and Snarls Travel

The storm, which brought heavy, wet snow to parts of Colorado and Wyoming, resulted in road closings, canceled flights and downed trees and power lines.

#colorado, #denver-colo, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #wyoming

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Colorado Braces for a Major Snowstorm This Weekend

Denver could see up to two feet of snow, while areas north could see four feet. Gov. Jared Polis has activated the Colorado National Guard.

#colorado, #denver-colo, #fort-collins-colo, #nebraska, #polis-jared-s-1975, #rocky-mountain-national-park-colo, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #wyoming

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Global Warming’s Deadly Combination: Heat and Humidity

A new study suggests that large swaths of the tropics will experience dangerous living and working conditions if global warming isn’t limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

#global-warming, #nature-journal, #temperature, #weather

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How We Can Better Predict Weather Catastrophes

We need to develop an early warning system to forecast climate-induced extreme weather events.

#arctic-regions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-dioxide, #earth, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #siberia, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #weather

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How We Can Better Predict Weather Catastrophes

We need to develop an early warning system to forecast climate-induced extreme weather events.

#arctic-regions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-dioxide, #earth, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #siberia, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #weather

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Can You Believe This Is Happening in America?

We used to dream big. Now we’re increasingly thinking short term.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #global-warming, #mars-planet, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather, #wind-power

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Storm Victims Didn’t Bring It on Themselves

Disasters call for compassion and action, not sniping on social media.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #portland-ore, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #southern-states-us, #texas, #weather

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Why Texas Republicans Fear the Green New Deal

Small government is no match for a crisis born of the state’s twin addictions to market fixes and fossil fuels.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #cuomo-andrew-m, #friedman-milton, #green-new-deal, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #privatization, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #solar-energy, #texas, #weather

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When There’s No Heat: ‘You Need Wood, You Get Wood’

Community wood banks, like food banks, help people in need. Climate change is shaping their role.

#environment, #food-banks-and-pantries, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #maine, #new-england-states-us, #unemployment, #volunteers-and-community-service, #weather, #winter-season, #wood-and-wood-products

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Extreme Cold Killed Texans in Their Bedrooms, Vehicles and Backyards

At least 58 people died in storm-affected areas stretching to Ohio, victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, car crashes, drownings, house fires and hypothermia.

#carbon-monoxide, #deaths-fatalities, #deaths-obituaries, #hypothermia, #poisoning-and-poisons, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas, #weather

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How To Get Your Family Through An Extreme Weather Event

Take these steps when critical services are affected by freezing temperatures.

#austin-tex, #carbon-monoxide, #content-type-service, #electric-light-and-power, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #texas, #weather

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How to Help Winter Storm Relief in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana

These organizations are providing food, supplies and shelter to devastated communities. If you want to give aid, here are some research pointers.

#blood-donation, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #homeless-persons, #humanitarian-aid, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #winter-season

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Texas Storms, California Heat Waves and ‘Vulnerable’ Utilities

Power failures have cast a spotlight on whether energy companies and regulators are doing enough to prepare for climate change and natural disasters.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #california, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #solar-energy, #texas, #weather, #wind-power

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How to Prevent the Next Texas Power Breakdown

The state’s massive blackouts are the result of a failure to insure against extreme weather.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #temperature, #texas, #weather, #wind-power

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Desperate for Light and Warmth, Texans See No End for Winter Storm

In central Texas, where many roads have already been impassible for days, another barrage of sleet and snow was expected late into Wednesday evening.

#electric-light-and-power, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas, #water, #weather

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Texas Winter Storm Leads to Power Outages and Angry Residents

“I’m kind of angry,” said one man whose family has been without power since Monday. A winter storm caused physical damage to the electrical grid’s infrastructure as well as a surge in demand.

#electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #energy-and-power, #heating, #oncor-incorporated, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #temperature, #texas, #weather

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Winter Storm Disrupts Automakers, Retailers and Delivery Services

Power outages, natural gas shortages and icy conditions made it hard for automakers, retailers and delivery carriers to operate across much of the South and Midwest.

#delivery-services, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fedex-corporation, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #midwestern-states-us, #natural-gas, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southern-states-us, #texas, #toyota-motor-corp, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-parcel-service-inc, #walmart-stores-inc, #weather

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How to Think About Wine Vintages

Conventional wisdom can often lead consumers away from delicious wines. Better to think of individual years in terms of character than of quality.

#california, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #weather, #wine-advocate-magazine, #wine-spectator-magazine, #wines

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Icy Storm Barrels Across Central U.S., Leaving Millions Without Power

The snowstorm covered a huge part of the country, including states unaccustomed to slick roads and a deep freeze.

#national-weather-service, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #temperature, #texas, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #weather, #wind-power

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Winter Storms Pummel U.S. With Snow, Ice and Extreme Cold

The harsh weather was a prelude to another winter storm that is expected to bring more snow, sleet and freezing rain to over 100 million Americans over the next several days.

#clark-county-wash, #northeastern-states-us, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #portland-general-electric-company, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #winter-season

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Driving in Winter? Tips From Experts on How to Arrive Safely

Recent pileups in Iowa and Texas amid severe winter weather have analysts and traffic experts issuing vital reminders about how to stay safe. One common refrain: Slow down.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #content-type-service, #iowa, #roads-and-traffic, #texas, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #weather, #winter-season

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5 People Die in ‘Massive’ Texas Crash of More Than 70 Vehicles

The accident, involving up to 100 vehicles, took place along Interstate 35 in Fort Worth, where the authorities warned of dangerous weather conditions.

#deaths-fatalities, #fort-worth-tex, #interstate-35, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #weather

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