Apps for Private investigators - Dark Sky weather prediction software's unique "time machine" feature
By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
Working on a slip and fall case that requires data specifying what the weather in Englewood was on a specific day a year and a half ago? What about that ten month old personal injury investigation that requires evidence of a Colorado Springs hailstorm at a specific time on a specific date? Was it truly a dark and story night in Westminster on leap day five years back or is a witness' testimony questionable?
The Dark Sky website, funded through ongoing Kickstarter donations, provides fast and free access to weather data. It's unique selling point is it's accurate hyperlocal weather prediction abilities so while you may find it useful for figuring out whether or not rain will prevent you from flying a drone in your Highlands Ranch yard in the next five minutes, what provides the most value to private investigators is the option to punch in the date and location of your choosing using the "time machine" feature.
You can access the "time machine feature" by scrolling down to the bottom of the forecast page and punching in a date.
How does it do this? According to one of the site's creators, Adam Grossman, the developers use radar data obtained from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and break it into code. They then clean up the data, do a bunch of esoteric tech thingie things, lift the velvet cloth and da-dumm, your accurate weather pastcast or forecast.
Granted, it will be accurate as long as you don't try and project too far into the future. The software is only designed for short term predictions and has the added archive bonus that gives you access to past data.
Apps are for Android and iOS versions and for the Apple watch are available for $4.
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