MIT Technology Review recently reported on a new app called Sunshine that uses crowdsourcing to create more accurate, localized weather forecasts. The app, currently in a private beta test, combines data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with atmospheric pressure readings captured by a smartphone. The latest iPhones, and some Android smartphones, include barometers for measuring atmospheric pressure. While these sensors are usually used to determine elevation for navigation, changes in air pressure can also signal changes in the weather. Sunshine will also rely on users to report sudden weather hazards like fog. About 250 people spread out among the Bay Area, New York, and Dallas are currently using Sunshine.
Crowdsourcing the Weather Forecast
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About the Author: Ellyssa
Ellyssa Valenti Kroski is the Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 60 books including Law Librarianship in the Digital Age for which she won the AALL's 2014 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. Her ten-book technology series, The Tech Set won the ALA's Best Book in Library Literature Award in 2011. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Pratt Institute, and an international conference speaker.
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