The future is in hyperlocal weather. Right now, when you look at the national weather sites for the latest forecast, how many times have you seen that it reads ‘Sunny’ only to look out at the pouring rain? All. The. Time. It’s one of the most frustrating things about weather reports because they are often based on a single weather station report that can be far away from where you are.
Netatmo launched a series of home weather monitoring smart products a couple years ago, and their usage has increased globally. One of the best parts about the Netatmo community is their willingness to share the data they are collecting. As a result, you can now search through a crowdsourced live weather map, along with forecasts based on that data as well. Best of all, it’s global – over 175 different countries have so many home data collectors that you can find live hyperlocal weather reports for.
Whether you want to know the current temperature, precipitation, wind speed, air pressure, humidity, and even air quality or noise pollution, you can find hundreds of local data sets that paint a pretty clear picture. Right now, looking at Toronto I’m seeing a TON of 5C, some 7C and a few 6C – meanwhile, The Weather Network says Toronto’s temperature is 3C. That 3C makes sense wherever their data collection point is (I think out near the airport), but it doesn’t make sense for someone about to walk out of their house.
Hyperlocal Weather in Application
The practical applications of the data are also useful – if you know it rained 10mm today at a nearby collection point, you can make an education decision on whether to water your plants or not. Likewise, knowing what to pack for a trip with a hyperlocal weather check can give you a much clearer idea than overall weather reports.