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Partly Cloudy [partlycloudy-app.com], developed by creative consultancy firm Raureif, is a new kind of beautiful - yet still very informative - weather app for the iPhone. More concretely, the app demonstrates the still relatively untapped power of clever information design applied on everyday data.

Partly Cloudy displays the weather forecast as a colorful analog clock, rather than a list of digits and icons. Through this encompassing design concept, an entire day (or week) of temperature, precipitation, and wind information can be displayed and understood at a glance.

The outer ring changes color in a series of gradient patterns depending on the time of day and weather conditions, while the inner circle contains mini-vector lines that reflect ever-changing wind forces (yellow) and precipitation amounts (blue). Numerical and iconographic information can still be read from the top of the screen.

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