Weather forecasts crowdsourced from smartphones

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It's a little-known fact that many smartphones today include barometers, quietly recording a wealth of atmospheric pressure data that could be used to improve local weather forecasts. Enter Canadian Cumulonimbus, whose free pressureNET app is designed to collect just such data from Android phones and submit it to meteorological researchers for better forecasting. pressureNET is “a global network of user-contributed atmospheric pressure readings,” in the words of its creator. Interested users begin by downloading pressureNET from Google Play. A minimum of Android 3.0 is required, but only devices with barometers can contribute data; these include the Galaxy Nexus, S3, S4,…

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