Sunshine uses crowdsourced data to provide weather forecasts and real-time conditions

San Francisco-based startup Sunshine is hoping to provide more accurate weather forecasting and real-time conditions than ever before. That is, if you’re willing to help.

The new network aggregates weather data automatically using built-in barometric sensors in its users’ smartphones. Users can also report severe weather hazards like icy roads and oncoming storms to help and protect fellow users.

Traditional forecasting utilizes weather stations often located in remote areas that provide updates once every six hours. The thought is that transforming people’s smartphones into thousands of mini weather stations can provide better forecasting and more accurate current conditions.

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