$4 App Just Saved Me $1000

I just got back from a long walk and my favorite weather app (Dark Sky) just saved me from having to replace my iPhone 6 Plus. I live in Florida and we get a lot of super isolated out of nowhere "build an ark now" kind of downpours. Normally when I go out and exercise I am either just using my Apple Watch for music or if I'm on my bike I use my iPhone in a ziplock back to protect against rain. But not this morning...

I had to go out to Orlando and pick up my wife from the airport, who was returning on a red-eye flight from a business trip. I was way too tired when I got back to go run or bike, so I opted for a long walk instead. I took my iPhone and decided to listen to some podcasts. About half way into my walk Dark Sky sends me a push notification saying some seriously heavy rain has just appeared out of nowhere and is headed my way. I was able to time it such that I ran the last part of my walk and made it to my front door before I was totally soaked. When I say soaked I mean soaked. When it decides to rain in Florida you might as well just go jump in a pool and it get it over with. There is not a square inch of your body or a thread of your clothing that isn't going to be drenched. So, since I was out for a walk without any rain protection for my iPhone, that simple push notification from Dark Sky]ds) did quite literally save me from having to replace my phone.

I've written about Dark Sky) recently on a GeekDad.com post, but I find that people have fell into the habit of NOT PAYING for mobile device applications so I like to point out very specific examples of apps you SHOULD BE paying for. Dark Sky is one of those apps. Between being able to time outdoor exercise and being alerted before leaving work that I either need to run out and grab my umbrella or leave early unless I want to swim to my car in 20 minutes, Dark Sky has paid for itself over and over and over again.

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