Open weather: Your tax dollars at work

With a hat tip to the good folks at FlowingData, here’s an article detailing the history of weather data in the United States and how open weather data support a $1.5 billion industry.  The article closes by making the case that weather data aren’t open because the government sat down and made them open. Nope:

[...] it could be that the very nature of the data was such that it’s open
in the first place. You can’t stop a free person from knowing that it’s
raining.

Food for thought as we chart the future of the weather enterprise.  What are we offering that people can’t get by looking out the window or pulling out their iPhone?

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Meteorologist and Executive Producer at WRAL-TV. Lecturer at NC State. Panelist on WeatherBrains. Geek. (Opinions are mine only. C'mon, you think anyone else wants them?)
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