Old Problem, New Solutions
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Optimistic Weather: Niche Forecasting
Ourcast doesn’t have a single meteorologist on its staff. What it has are data scientists. The app uses real-time radar data to predict, based on historical patterns, the movement of weather patterns within a two-hour timeframe.
This is the same kind of statistical modeling that meteorologists have long depended on. But meteorologists also use their understanding of the atmosphere to pinpoint where the pattern is likely to veer off its predicted course – for instance, during a storm.