Weather apps have somehow managed to make checking something so simple so damn aggravating. It feels like an hour doesn’t go by without our phones being alerted to a threat of tornadoes, and don’t get us started on the Weather Chanel’s scare mongering tactics. We get it, we’re going to die!
So, it was a relief when Poncho, a Betaworks-created weather service, popped up last April. We’re no Jim Cantore, so we don’t need our eyeballs to be polluted with weather lingo when all that’s necessary is knowing whether or not we need to grab a jacket or an umbrella. The saucy weather alerts are delivered via text or email, but Poncho has quietly expanded to include more customizable features since its inception.
Do unexpectedly blustery days leave you wailing at the fates? Sick of dressing in your smartest spring sandals, only to walk outside and discover there’s still a nip in the air?
So are the folks at Betaworks, apparently.
And now, a small team led by hacker-in-residence Kuan Huang has dreamed up Poncho, a new weather service launching today for New York City. It promises to deliver a personalized forecast that’ll help you figure out whether you can really get by with just a cardigan.
Mr. Huang told Betabeat that the idea was born as “something for my personal use.” He wanted an interpreter for the forecast, who could tell him, “It’s 46 degrees, windy; you should wear a scarf.” He admitted it’s ”a pain point I have in my life.” You and me both, buddy.