For those interested in seeing how local forecasters perform in select areas of the country (including Minneapolis/St. Paul), there’s a new service that can tell you just that. Weatherist.com, which launched in Beta in late November, aims to assess the comparative accuracy of television forecasters and select other sources.
|A sample "Leaderboard" of Minneapolis/St. Paul forecasters from Weatherist.com
The site features a number of interesting features including the ability of individuals to post their own forecasts and have them analyzed alongside the pros. The site also develops a “most probable forecast” that’s derived from the performance of “hot” forecasters.
According to Dave Chung, co-founder at Weatherist, the goal is to bring accountability to the weather forecasting industry and to provide a critical voice for consumers in an industry that has never had one. We applaud Weatherist’s ambitious goal and hope it’s successful.
If you’re curious to see an approach that’s far more scientific than ours, do check it out. And, as a new startup, Weatherist.com is interested in gathering as much feedback as possible. Feel free to leave your comments below.