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What's the weather like outside? There's an app for that.

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What's a person to do when you can't find another app to consider adding to your phone? Not to worry. There's one for precise weather forecasts anywhere and anytime.

Despite advances in meteorological technology, and the ever-increasing accuracy of weather predictions, there is still a degree of uncertainly that comes with any forecast.

The new app hopes to solve this problem through the power of crowdsourcing.

According to springwise.com, the app can be used to both submit and browse for local weather reports.

For example, a user in the suburbs wondering what the weather is like in the center of town can send a request to this app to find out.

The new app will then alert other users in the town center who can upload a report on the type of weather they are experiencing, as well as stating how they rate the temperature — as “perfect”, “hot”, “fresh”, or "freezing", for example.

Users can also upload reports unprompted by the app whenever they feel so inclined, with all the reports being placed on the app's map using the smartphone’s geolocator.

Whenever an entry is submitted, reporters gain points and are allocated a respective rank on the leader board.

Users can also set to have their reports shared automatically as status updates on Facebook or on Twitter.

The reports, meanwhile, fade on the map over time, to make sure that those made many hours before the map is checked do not mislead.

The app is currently available from the App store.

This app enables highly localized weather reporting, and also gives users the subjective views of those making the reports.

In the words of Ricardo Fonseca, the app’s co-founder, “With the old weather report services you get the usual, broad and generalist “New York, 93º f, 73% humidity, NE light wind” reports.

Through this application, someone, somewhere in Central Park will tell you that the weather “Feels perfect.”, another one near the river will tell you that “Feels good but windy”, because weather conditions really are different in a same city.”



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1 comments on What's the weather like outside? There's an app for that.

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By BusinessLife on May 31, 2011 at 07:14 pm

I find it fascinating at just how many items are developed day after day after day. Often for me, there are far too many to keep up with. I'm with you, Melody. :)

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