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Crowd-sourced weather apps claim accuracy, but watch the sky anyway

Crowd-sourced weather apps claim accuracy, but watch the sky anyway

Predicting the weather is an inexact science. The weatherman often seems to get it wrong, and you find you really didn’t need to lug that umbrella around on what turned out to be a sunny day.

Crowd-sourced, hyperlocal weather information has been touted as one solution, and web-oriented weather companies are pushing short-term forecasts, also known as “nowcasting,” to sky watchers everywhere.

As weather apps and consumer hardware proliferate, advocates say millions of smartphones and other devices at hand are providing more accurate predictions than traditional models of forecasting.

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Introduced in July 2015, AccUcast is a crowdsourcing weather feature in the AccuWeather universal iOS app. 

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Source: computerworld

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