Everyone likes to talk about the weather, and everyone loves to complain about weather reports. And now you have a chance to do that and help improve those predictions via your smartphone.
The folks behind an app called Weathermob claim that there are just 40,000 weather-observing stations for the whole of Earth that have the capability to regularly contribute to global weather forecasting. Worse, more than 80% of these stations are in the US and Europe, which are relatively small portions of the planet. If we’re going to improve our weather forecasting abilities and also learn more about climate change, we need much, much, better coverage.
With the Weathermob app (to get the iOS download directly, go here), you get what one reviewer calls “a great mix of Instagram and weather.com.” You get weather reports for your area of course, but you contribute your own pictures and data to the community. “It really brings the world together,” says the reviewer “You get to see the clouds in Dubai and the sunrise in Capetown, while also seeing that there is a big storm heading your way.”
Also, you have to love an app with tag lines like “Sunny and share” or “For crying out cloud.”
To get the iOS download directly, go here.