Why does WeatherBug's data suck, and is there anything better?
December 15, 2013 9:14 AM Subscribe
Last night I was checking WeatherBug, the iphone app I use for weather, and it said the expected low for the night would be 25. It was also telling me that the current temperature was 18.
In the forecast for today, it predicted a high temperature of 42. Great! Snow melt! So I checked the hour-by-hour forecast to see when it would hit that high, and it didn't show anything higher than 35.
This sort of thing happens a lot, and it offends the nerd in me. So: can other apps do better, or do they all just feed off the same NOAA data?
posted by Quisp Lover to Computers & Internet (23 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Another issue: raw data is often not enough. I tune to local radio weathermen to hear not just the most likely outcome, but the confidence level, and the best/worst case scenarios. That info requires a human touch, and none of the weather apps, understandably, provide that. Or do they? Are there weather apps which do include some subjective human judgement and detail in the loop?