Dark Skies

Kickstarter has an interesting project looking for funding.  Dark Sky is a predictive radar app being developed for iOS.

This is interesting on several levels but one of the most important to me is the two fellows who are creating the software.  I see no evidence (admittedly with little research) that either of them, or anyone on their team, has any background in meteorology.  I’m not saying they need one, the point is they are here, as are others.

The barriers to entry to many things continue to lower.  The old model protections are gone.  Adapt or get run over.


About Kevin Selle

Chief Meteorologist, KFDX-TV. Co-host, WeatherBrains.
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5 Responses to Dark Skies

  1. Nate Johnson says:

    The general idea behind this — using image processing techniques to forecast short-term radar patterns — has been done before. Baron licensed this technology from a research group at MIT in the early 2000s; it became their future radar product. The promise (accurate, short-term rainfall forecasts) and limitations (doesn’t take meteorological changes into account, can’t forecast initiation) are basically the same; although, the nitty gritty behind it may be different and perhaps improved.

  2. Kevin Selle says:

    It would be interesting to know what kind of viewer impressions there have been to this predictive stuff. Of course the days of research are long gone. I’m still interested in the history of the developers. As I recall the guys that did Stormpulse didn’t have much in the way of a weather background and something in my memory tells me I saw it being used at the White House!??! Welcome to the Wild West!

  3. Nate Johnson says:

    Well, and don’t forget the best example of a non-meteorologist disrupting the weather enterprise: Mike Gibson!

  4. Morgan Palmer says:

    Mike Gibson truly should win some sort of weather award from the AMS, or even better, the NWA. Not only for the software, but the fact that he has kept it affordable for the every-person. Even a broadcast license is a pittance compared to other weather vendors.

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