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BloomSky's backyard weather stations hope to crowdsource the forecast

Susie Ochs | July 16, 2014
Anyone who's spent much time in San Francisco quickly learns the limitations of typical weather-forecasting apps: "Today's high 68 degrees" they'll say, and in return you'll scoff "Where?!"

Still, BloomSky's longevity will depend on getting enough people to install the $170 weather stations to supply enough crowdsourced data for good weather predictions. To do that, the company is marketing the devices to businesses as well as individuals. A bed and breakfast on the Northern California coast, for example, could use a BloomSky weather station to brag to potential visitors about the lovely climate, while also giving them a sneak peek of the view.

BloomSky is expanding its beta program in August (interested Bay Area residents and businesses can apply here), and plans to ship the outdoor module, as well as an indoor module and accessories, this December. Until then, just do what the San Franciscans do: Dress in layers, and always keep a scarf in your bag.


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