MySunset App

Sunrise. Sunset. Sometimes the sky lights up with amazing color, other times.. not so much. MySunset provides a sunrise & sunset forecast for the next 5 days as well as notifications for great forecasts. Don’t miss the next great sunset!

About the app

MySunset is an iPhone and android app that uses data provided by sunsetWx.com. SunsetWx uses NOAA weather data to calculate the sunset quality based on weather patterns, projected cloud density, and other factors.

Interactive map

Interactive Map

The main screen is an interactive map with an overlay showing the forecasted quality of upcoming sunrises and sunsets. By default, your current location is shown on the map. The next sunrise or sunset will be shown. If today’s sunset has already happened, it will automatically change to tomorrow’s sunrise. Use the arrows at the top of the screen to view future sunrises/sunsets.

Location Example

Location List

The second screen is a tabular view showing a list of custom locations, and is most people’s favorite view. Each location displays a percentage and corresponding color representing the quality of the sunrise/sunset as well as what time the sun will rise and set. Keep in mind that the forecast changes multiple times per day. Today’s forecast will be more accurate than 3 days from now.

iPhone Notifications

Notifications

Get a notification sent to your phone when a sunrise or sunset is predicted to be great! Notifications are configurable per location. Choose how high of a threshold you want to be notified and how soon you want to be notified – anywhere from 1 to 36 hours prior to sunset.

Sunrise over Utah hoodoos

Sunrise at Little Egypt, Utah – forecast was 85%

Data Quality

Just like weather forecasts, sunrise and sunset forecasts are far from perfect. However, when the forecast is high, there is a good chance the sunrise or sunset will be amazing. Some of the best sunrises and sunsets I have captured have been due to this data.

Tips & Tricks

The forecast shows how the sky will light up at a specific location. If you are using the app for photography, you will want to know the sunset prediction for your subject, not your location. For example, Vermillion Lakes is a popular location to shoot in Banff National Park. However, the main subject is Mount Rundle. Instead of using “Vermillion Lakes” as a location, I would use “Mount Rundle”. This will show the predicted quality of the sky over the mountain.

What do the numbers mean?
  • 0-25%: Little to no color, with precipitation or a thick cloud layer often blocking a direct view of the sun.
  • 25-50%: Some color for a short time, with conditions ranging from mostly cloudy, or hazy, to clear, with little to no clouds at all levels.
  • 50-75%: A fair amount of color, often multi-colored, lasting a considerable amount of time. Often caused by scattered clouds at multiple levels.
  • 75-100%: Extremely vibrant color lasting 30 minutes or more. Often caused by multiple arrangements of clouds at multiple levels, transitioning through multiple stages of vivid color.
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4 Comments

  1. Pamela November 16, 2017 at 2:40 am #

    Hello, I put your app on my SAMSUNG 8+ phone today and paid for the UPGRADE for sunset alerts. It shows the payment went through but nowhere do I show where to get the alerts, how to set it up, etc. Can you please advise.
    Thank you!

    • Emily November 16, 2017 at 2:54 am #

      Hi Pamela! The alerts can be enabled on the Locations screen. Here are the steps to enable the alerts:

      1 – Add a location to the Locations tab
      2 – You should see three dots on the right side of the screen next to the location – tap on that
      3 – A menu should appear with some options. One of those options is “Configure Alerts”. Select that.
      4 – You should see options to enable alerts for sunrise or sunset, as well as options for the alert threshold and how many hours prior to the sunset you would like to be notified.
      5 – Once alerts are enabled, it will say “Alerts ON” on the main locations tab

      That’s it! Please let me know if you have any issues. And thank you for your support!

  2. Pamela December 19, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

    Hello, I have been using your app since last month, really enjoy it. I have noticed the last week or so, the map is not working (reads data 0) and all the numbers seem so off, so low, all over the place! Also, when I go to set up my alerts, every time I hit the 3 dots on my location screen, it pulls up the map over button over top of it and nothing else. I have shut off my phone to reboot, same issues.
    Please advise, thank you,
    Pam

    • Emily December 22, 2017 at 12:06 pm #

      Hi Pam! I’m really glad you’ve been enjoying it. I’m sorry you’ve been having issues! Can you by chance send me a screenshot to show exactly what happens when you hit the 3 dots? I’m not sure I understand what is happening (you can send it to my email – emilyjeppson@gmail.com).

      As for the data issues, I have had a lot of new users trying it out lately and it has overloaded the system. The app is working sometimes, but once it exceeds a certain amount of data, it doesn’t work for anyone. I’m currently working on a fix for that and hope to have it out soon.

      Thanks for your support! -Emily

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