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Six Months Later, Betaworks’ Weather Service Poncho Sees Clear Skies


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. Read More

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How Alarmed You Should Be by the Weather, According to Popular Weather Apps

You, me, everyone IRL. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Maybe you’ve noticed, but it’s hot as hell outside. It feels like the heat will never abate, nor will the endless coverage of the heat, which only makes it worse. In just a few short hours, you’ll have to leave your place of business, and you need to be prepared. Will the temps require you to bounce from Duane Reade to movie theater to bar to bodega until 2 a.m., roaming the city in search of adequate A.C.? Or is it safe to descend into the subway? 

Well, let’s see what the various popular weather apps have to say. Just how concerned should you be about venturing out into the heat sink that is Manhattan?

This morning Poncho plaintively warned us about the hell to come then disappeared, presumably to go cry inside of an air conditioner: Read More