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Blue Skies is a simple, beautiful and free weather app for Windows Phone

Blue Skies Windows Phone

There are so many weather apps on Windows Phone, but they’re fun to cover. Most people will be served by apps like Bing Weather and AccuWeather, but a lot of folks have different preferences and wants from a weather app. Some want a ton of details and as much information as possible, while others just want to know the current temperature. The fact that weather apps can vary is why we like covering them. Maybe the new weather app we’re covering will be perfect for you if you haven’t found the one for you yet. Today we’re checking out newcomer Blue Skies for Windows Phone. It’s simple, it’s clean and it’s currently free for a limited time.

Blue Skies pulls in weather from forecast.io, a popular weather service that provides a weather API for developers. The popular iPhone app Dark Sky uses this data and has been praised by both users and critics. The secret-sauce in the data from forecast.io is that it predicts the weather as accurately as possible for the next hour.

Here’s what you get with Blue Skies on Windows Phone

  • Summary of next hour
  • Summary of next 24 hours
  • 12 hour forecast
  • 5 day forecast
  • Detailed weather information including: precipitation, humidity, sunrise, sunset
  • Displays severe weather warnings and advisories
  • Live tile with small, medium, and wide tile sizes
  • Choose the live tile update frequency to reduce battery consumption
  • Simple and easy to use

Blue Skies

This isn’t the most advanced and detailed weather app in the Windows Phone Store, but we’re really liking the simplicity of Blue Skies. Though it does manage to sneak in more details if you want them. For example, on the 5 day forecast page you can just tap a given day to expand it and get more information about it.

The app is free until May 1st, so we recommend picking it up and taking it for a spin. It costs developers a small fee to use the forecast.io APIs, which is why this app won’t always be free going forward. We’re happy with it so far and would gladly pay a dollar or two to use the app in the future.

Download Blue Skies from the Windows Phone Store.

Thanks for the tip ven07!

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Westoncreg says:

Ill have to try it in place a viether i really like this design work :)

hello_moto says:

Thanks so much, I'm glad you like the design!

Are you the developer ? If yes, could you please explain why I'm getting "sorry, the information is not available" in "the next hour" portion, but 24 hours portion gives information ? I'm in Punjab, India. Could you check this please ?
And also, i have a suggestion, could you give an option to turn off live tile and just display the app icon ? The tile doesn't suit my home screen, but i want to pin the app for quick access. So I'd like if i could simply pin a small tile which doesn't show a number which hasn't been updated.
Thanks ! And its a great app !

hello_moto says:

Unfortunatly Forecast.IO (where I get the weather forecast from) doesn't have the next hour information available for every location.  Sorry about that, unfortunatly that's not something I can fix. :/

I'll definitely implement an option to turn off the live tile in a future update.  Thanks for the support and the feedback.

I can think of a workaround for that, but it is a bit complex and I'm not sure whether it would work or not.
There are many services which can give hourly forecast of temperature, wind etc, and also of the type of weather (cloudy etc). What if you could make an if else.. Statement and if forecast.io doesn't have the next hour info, it could pick that bit of info from some other source ? Obviously it wont be in textual form, but you could just get it to display the temperature and weather as: "25 degree C, windy".
I know its not practical, but still if you think it is possible... :)
Thanks !
Edit: oh great ! Your app already has a section giving the hourly forecast, so you wont have to use another source. Just code it to display that information in "next hour", and its good to go ! "no information" seems very bad, so I'd like to see atleast some information there.. Now you have no excuse not to implement my suggestion ! ;) cheers !

@Saksham Sharma.
You don't want much do you❔;)
Anyway, I really like the design of this app but would love to be able to switch to a dark theme which would benefit my 1020's AMOLED screen a good deal. I have sent the developer an email regarding this so hope to get it implemented soon.

hello_moto says:

I'll definitely be adding that to my list of future features.  Glad you like the app! :)

hello_moto says:

Thanks for the suggestion!  My priority right now is the bug fixes but I'll add that to my list of possible future features.  Thanks!

conansaga says:

Another feature suggestion which many people find very useful - UV index information. By the way great job!

hello_moto says:

Thanks for the suggestion!  I'll definitely consider that!

dracus_loki says:

Ludhiana , Punjab , isn't supported for some reason in many apps ,,

Looks very much like the Dutch app 'Regenmeter'. A very populair weatherapp in The Netherlands.

@hello_moto i think this app is done very well, the 1 thing i would say to add is on the live tile and on the main screen of the page, add the High and Low for the day, that is a must on any live tile i think for a weather. i would love to just look at the live tile and see the expected High and Low along with what the current tem is at the moment...

mab664 says:

Viether can suck my balls. Works about 10% of the time on my surface RT.
Anyway hello_Moto I really dig your app! Looks like a kid made it, lol. Would really like this design as an interactive lockscreen in 8.1.
And Daniel any more info on 8.1s lockscreen... Guess we might get it this week.

hello_moto says:

Glad you like the app!  Not sure if looking like a kid made it is a compliment but I'll take it!  haha  Thanks!

guillams says:

I Just downloaded, I use to use breez but with the lack of support I'll give a try to this one, I hope see support often!

leamsifig says:

Ill be replacing viether for this too, because 80% of the time viether does not refresh correctly when I open the app. I love that its free and it has no ads but it never really works right the first time.

Lipe13 says:

Thanks, Sam! This is a really pretty app. Trying it right now.

 

Edit: it fails to detect my connection, be it TIM 4G or WiFi. Am bummed but I will try to find a workaround :(

hello_moto says:

Sorry to see you're having a problem with it.  I'll take a look into and see if I can fix it!  If you send me an email (just go to the about section) and remind me, I can give you an update when it has been fixed!

Nakazul says:

Same here on my L1020 in Sweden. But the app is only in English so just wanted to peek anyway. Also, trying to do anything in settings and then save gives ... the suggest mail to dev alert, but it is not selectable and goes away after a second.

emanueledep says:

Same here in Italy on my L920 borh on WiFi and 3G

vgian says:

Same here, L620 Greece...
 

hello_moto says:

I don't know if you're already updated already but I just wanted to let you know that the latest version fixes this problem.

Huh, looks nice. Even I learn a thing or two coming to this site.

Lipe13 says:

Yup, and I learn a lot with you guys from Mobile Nations and with our fellow forum members/commenters. You all rock!

hello_moto says:

I'm glad you like the app! Let me know if you have any suggestions or feedback!  I'm all ears!

I posted a suggestion on the first comment. Thanks !

To be honest, the live tile needs a lot of work. But the app is great !! I can understand that you cant get everything right in the first try, but still the app portion is very nice !

MacDaMachine says:

When the live tile flips, the text is all jumbled up.

Kidderkat says:

Same (for the wide tile). Apparently it works fine on the medium tile but my 1520 likes'em embiggened.

hello_moto says:

I'll push out an update as soon as I figure out what's going on!

hello_moto says:

Thanks for letting me know.  I'll take a look at it and send out an update soon!

SnatchedIT says:

Does forecast.IO kinda sucks for Italy? I can't push any data :( But I totally love the design.

hello_moto says:

A lot of people from Italy specifically seem to be having problems with the app.  I'm taking a look into it and will hopefully have an update out fixing it within the next couple of days.

Guytronic says:

woo+hoo!

Another weather app for my download collection!

I will stick with bing weather :p

hello_moto says:

Do you have any suggestions on features you would like to see added?

hello_moto says:

Glad you like it! :)  Let me know if you have any feedback/suggestions.

DarwinPurol says:

That color, theme and the icon...clean and simple. Nice!! But 3 hrs live tile frequency kinda long to wait. How fast the bing weather btw?

hello_moto says:

I'm glad you like the app!  Added more frequent updates is something I'm considering now based on all the comments.  I may have to make it an in app purchase though since getting the weather forecast isn't free for me after a certain number of forecast requests.  But I'll look into it!

jmerrey says:

Nice start, needs some work though. I have an alert right now, and when I click it in the app, the alert text is behind the big circle, and therefore not visible. I'm not crazy about the thin, ios-like font on the live tile. I'd also like to see the tile update more than every three hours. I guess I sound critical, but I do really like how clean and uncluttered the app is. I'll definitely pay for it when it switches to a fee.

hello_moto says:

Thanks for the support!  I'll definitely be sending out an update fixing the problem with the alert soon.  In a future update, I may set an option for font and more frequent live tile updates.  If you have any other suggestions or feedback, just shoot me an email!  I love the feedback!

jmerrey says:

I sent you an email with a screenshot of the alert behind the circle. Looking forward to future updates. As for paying for more frequent live tile updates, I'm always willing to lay for good apps. :-)

hello_moto says:

Thanks for the support :)

Im no jedi, but this is great! When the Jedi block my Sith powers of the force. I can use this app for the weather of the current planet I'm on whether it be Hoth, tatooine or even Naboo!

hello_moto says:

Props for the Star Wars reference!  Thanks for all the support.  I really appreciate it.

inket says:

Windows Phone 8*

NIST says:

Why doesn't Sam just write a damn weather app?

Apparently, he isn't a regular programmer, as I've never seen an app by him..

TJWINS says:

Live Tile updates every 3 hours at the shortest setting. This is useless.

dalydose says:

Do you know what "useless" means? ha ha
This doesn't suit your need to have constantly updated weather data.  We get it.  Assuming that no one anywhere will have any use for this app at any time is a bit much.

hello_moto says:

I appreciate the suggestion for increasing the live tile update frequency.  A lot of people seem to be requesting increasing the frequency so that is something is something I'm considering implementing in the near future.  It's not free for me to request for the weather information after a certain number of requests which is why I've had to limit it right now.

Ultimateone says:

The only way I will change my weather app is if the app has a lock screen function

hello_moto says:

That's a great suggestion!  I'll have to consider implementing that in a future update.  What weather information would you like to see on the lockscreen?

jmerrey says:

I think putting the temperature in one of the 5 quick statue slots would be very useful. Similar to how the app "lock temp" works.

hello_moto says:

Thanks for that suggestion! I'll definitely be looking into adding that as a feature for a future update!

JW7 says:

Same here, at the moment I u se accuweather for my live tile, as I like the design, and how you can save lots of different locations. However for my lockscreen I use lockmix as it shows detailed info for the next few days and automatically changes the bing image background everyday, which is a winner in my eyes! It also displays battery info which is useful. If there was an app that included all the above, (along with accurate forecasting for the next hour) that would be a gamechanger, but i would personally prefer ad supported as I have never paid for an app and do not intend to. Looks a nice app, and will definitely try it, thx! (update) I have just tried it and the tiles are fine at all sizes on my lumia 820. I like the the info they show and the frequency they flip over, and would definitely consider using it over accuweather if the tile is seethrough in 8.1 and the 'weather gods' are consulted more frequently.

hello_moto says:

Thanks for giving it a try and for the feedback! 
 

bsoder13 says:

Hands down the cleanest and most enjoyable app to use. This kind of design and attention to esthetics of the app is wonderful. Props to the devs! Anyone know of other apps that look this great?

hello_moto says:

Thanks for the support.  I'm glad you like the design of it.  Let me know if you have any suggestions on features to implement!
 

Vieather is epic too, but it is very less detailed. That's why I'm switching to blue sky now.

Adretheon says:

Shit now I gotta buy it. My uncle worked for a hospital helio place with the same name.

hello_moto says:

Always a great reason to buy it.  Thanks for the support!

blackjackrm7 says:

Hey guys i installed the software update from the app preview for devs, and i cant see any changes in my phone

Novron says:

The took the "Bing" name off the Bing apps.

That was just a later build of GDR3, not 8.1, it just contained some bug fixes.

Its just that your phone updated to a latest version of Windows phone 8, Lumia black's OS version is slightly different than this. Check with another device with Lumia black. This update changes just a version no. Same happened with me

David Ray says:

Forecast.io!!!!!

hello_moto says:

You sound excited. Thanks for the support, I appreciate it!

blackhawk556 says:

I like bright weather because of the graphics and amount of info it gives.

Dean Lewis says:

Live tile is rubbish - uninstall. The simplicity of the app is quite nice.

hello_moto says:

Do you have any suggestions on how to improve the live tile?  I'm all ears!

blackjackrm7 says:

Help guys pleasee someone

Sam Sabri says:

No. Go to the forums. Please stop whining! :P

gonza1520 says:

Downloading this hope it's good!

hello_moto says:

Hope you like it!  Let me know if you have any suggestions or feedback!

Dude this app is sweet!!!(:

hello_moto says:

Thanks!  I appreciate the support!  Let me know if you have any suggestions on features to implement.

Novron says:

Not bad, just not a fan of hipster UI.

Hipster UI? What? Its called simplicity and good design...unless you like glossy chrome

Novron says:

It's called Frontpage version 1.0 from almost two decades ago. Flat and simplistic was how it started because nobody had anything better.

bozza72 says:

rubbish, it takes ages to load then only give me half the info

hello_moto says:

Sorry to hear that.  Unfortunatly Forecast.IO (where the information is from) doesn't have all the information for every location.  Thanks for givining the app a try though.  I hope you find an app that suits your needs!

You seems, really want to improve your app. I should give another chance. Reinstalling...

Darren Walsh says:

I glued a thermometer to the side of my phone, sweet UI and accurate lol !!

It doesn't seem to be booting up on my Icon? Gets stuck at "consulting the weather gods" and the phone is working really hard.

hello_moto says:

Hmmm, that's weird.  I'll have to take a look at that.  If you send me an email (just go through the about page in the app), I'll send you an email following up on the problem.

THE_Lawnboy says:

Very nice for initial release. Well done. One major feature missing: give us a quality, zoomable radar screen, then this app will be complete.

hello_moto says:

Thanks for the support!  I'll add to my list of features to add for future updates.  Let me know if you have any other suggestions!

2uiam says:

The app cannot detect my internet connection.

eskerrik says:

It happends to me as well. I'm in Spain. It never detects my internet connection and I'm pretty sure that I have it. I turned off the location service and put Madrid manually but it didn't work either. So sad.

hello_moto says:

Sorry to see you were having problems with the app :/  I'm looking into the problem and will hopefully have an update out within the next couple of days

jcw108 says:

Same here >> Uninstalled

hello_moto says:

I'm sorry to see that it didn't work for you.  Just to let you know, I am looking into the problems and should hopefully have an update out within the next couple of days if you're still interested in the app.

vgian says:

Thanks for your promt responce to our problems, I will definitely wait for the update, the design just rocks!

 

hello_moto says:

I'm looking into the problem and will hopefully have an update out within the next couple of days.

Can You add lockscreen support and also when I rezise it to the medium tile the text gets jumbled up. Anyhow, good app!

hello_moto says:

Thanks for the suggestions!  I'll consider it for future updates!

jomarr says:

This looks REALLY nice! I might try it out :-)

hello_moto says:

Hope you like it :)  Let me know if you have any suggestions or feedback!

I cannot even start the app. "Something went wrong and we couldn't get the forecast".

I have the same issue

hello_moto says:

I'm looking into the problem and should hopefully have an update out within the next couple of days.  Sorry for the trouble!

hello_moto says:

I'm looking into the problem and should hopefully have an update out within the next couple of days.  Sorry for the incovenience!

tpesa says:

Dark background on main app and transparent or color selectable live tile. Nice though..almost..too simple?

Live tile breaking in wide mode and medium. Small size working fine. thanks for the app. Simple and sweet.

hello_moto says:

There should be an update out within the next couple of days with bug fixes.  Thanks for trying out the app. Glad you like it!

ven07 says:

Ahhh My golden tip :D

WPJinn says:

This is my kinda weather app,its definately going to replace my Bing weather app when the bugs on it are fixed.I really do appreciate this developer,great work.

hello_moto says:

Thanks, I appreciate the support!  There should be an update out within the next couple of days!

thienhoang72 says:

Error about location( not add location)...

hello_moto says:

I'm looking into the problem and should have an update out within the next couple of days fixing the problem.

hello_moto says:

Thanks!  Glad you like it

hello_moto says:

I'm working on squashing those pesky bugs and should hopefully have an update out within the next couple of days.

Draude84 says:

If you like this app you may will love this one...

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/color-weather/5624081f-65fd-...

its even better designed

mamothstick says:

This app truly isn't ready for prime time. I guess it's decent looking, but buggy and feature "thin".

hello_moto says:

Sorry to see you had problems with the app.  There should be an update out within the next couple of days fixing the problems!

DaKidIndian says:

They should really rename it to Weather Phone 8

Sam Sabri says:

Can I rename you DaWeatherKidIndian? K.

Tonchi91 says:

"Looks like something went wrong and we couldn't get the forecast. Check your internet connection and try again."

I get this at a very opening of the applications. My internet connection is great.

Seems like I would be using Vieather

hello_moto says:

I'm looking into the problem and should hopefully have a fix out within the next couple of days!

Vieather is a great weather app too.  Thanks for giving Blue Skies a try!
 

lordbebech says:

"consulting Weather gods" x)

PureView says:

When in doubt, always make a weather app! Blogs love them.

76keith says:

Nice app but the live tile says I won't need an umbrella today and forecasts rain all day. Confused.

hello_moto says:

Would you mind sending me an email (through the about page of my app) with info about where you're from so I can take a look at it?  Thanks!

SwimSwim says:

Another weather app? Thank god, it's nearly impossible to find a good, clean, modern weather app for Windows Phone these days.

Danial S says:

Still like the ui and aesthetic of Breeze better. It may lack alot of super in depth data but its the most prettiest of the weather apps to me

hello_moto says:

Breeze is definitely a really well designed weather app.  Thanks for giving Blue Skies a try!

crise says:

App doesn't work, it says I have to check my internet connection, which is bullshit because I have one and it is always on.

hello_moto says:

I'm looking into the problem and should hopefully have a fix out within the next couple of days!

NHunt67 says:

I have a few problems with the App.

1. The large tile information on the 2nd tile side is all condensed and squished onto itself. It's unreadable

2. The weather is VERY inaccurate (For Australia Anyway) It says my town is 7 degrees celsius warmer than 2 other weather Apps I run.

Thanks for making it available, butI may have to uninstall for now. It just looks broken with bad weather reports. :(

hello_moto says:

Sorry to hear that.  The live tile problem I can fix but the weather accuracy is out of my hands unfortunatly.  I hope you find an app that better suits your needs!

Rensul says:

Very well done. Simple but that's what it's intended to be. Don't let the comment committee make it too different from what you intended! Make a "deluxe" version and charge for it...

hello_moto says:

Thanks!  Glad you like it :)

TechFreak1 says:

Installed the app, which looks pretty impressive though did experience a hiccup upon starting it asked to use the current location (have location services turned off) so the app did not proceed when i tapped "sounds good", restarted the app - got an error - tapped no and put in location manually via settings. I would say ask the user if they want to manually input/search for a location at first launch and tapping "sounds good" checks if location services is turned on or not. Other than that its a pretty sold app -). Really digging the ux. I'll send you further feedback through the app -). Keep up the great work!

hello_moto says:

Thanks for the support and the feedback!  The update coming out within the next couple of days should fix the bugs.

Jazmac says:

Works well. I like the look and feel of the app. Good job on this one. Very fluid and and very smooth.

hello_moto says:

Glad you like the app! :)

this is a realy nice app

hello_moto says:

Thanks glad you like it! :)

KasakDesign says:

Ah here we go reinventing the wheel. Plenty of weather apps out there.

Jazmac says:

Yep there is and we are still waiting on yours. Have you built one yet?

Kunalya says:

I want to ask that In india, weather app is of no use acording to me,as who sees weather in this country... its natural phenomenon that happens, but by seeing them on this technoogy won't change it and why there are so many weather app... u download just for fun or really it's wearther report u beleive in and u plan as ur work from it.. Let me know... Becasue there are many many weather apps. paid version till free version...

Zarnywoop says:

The weather here can be unpredicatable.  It can go from sunny to rain, to windy all in a few hours, especially if you are moving about.  Sometimes you need to know whether you need a raincoat, something warm or something cool, or all three.

wpguy says:

My only complaint is that "Weather" isn't somewhere in the title, making it hard to search for the app when you forget its name. I had to find this article again to remember the name of the app. Blue Skies Weather would be just fine.

I really like the look of this app. Now my main weather app.

navidee says:

hello_moto...can you add a dark theme to the app eventually? Really like it so far, just wish it had a dark theme!

does not even work or open properly get an error  application error and just that is all tried of reinstall the software and is the same,  i live in Santiago ,Chile and just the application do not even work properly just  open it and get the error and later   sent the report to  developer but  the application still working  in "consulting weather gods"  just is a  bad joke this application very bad , can not even set up manually the place where i live if do not want to use the GPS of my device  and should work not  matter the phone locale and language  even have changed the locale and language to English USA and still not working, probably  is a month for get it  for free because     probably the developer need feedback to his buggy application which is indeed an major wreck.

 

 

hello_moto says:

Forecast.IO servers are currently down so the app is not working at the moment.

pconge says:

Hello_moto thanks for providing us this simple and amazing app for free. I am having a connection problem though. Wifi and 3g it always says check my internet connection even thought my connection is fine.
Just wanted to say again that this app is definitely what i was looking for simple metro icons on the live tile and main UI. I also love the 3 hour update saves me some battery life. Keep up the updates and good work!

hello_moto says:

Thanks, I'm glad you like the app!

There's an update coming out that will hopefully fix the issue.   Unfortunatly, I can't seem to replicate that problem so I can't tell for sure what is causing it.

TechBell says:

In all honesty, just another weather app with a modern UI. How about a Starbucks app - a real one from Starbucks?

tessierp says:

Any chance this app could be adapted for windows store as well? Good job on the app. I'm currently using Amazing Weather HD however, yours is pretty light weight. I would only suggest adding the flexibility to select between different styles of live tiles, different icons and detail of information on the tile like some of the other apps around (not to copy but everyone wants to see different kinds of info and a nice set of "themes" would be nice).

Hope it doesn't drain my battery like viether did ;-).. Cheers!