Molly Wood, Searching for the Best Weather App Among Weather Underground, Weatherbug and More — NYTimes.com

That work [building the prediction side of Dark Sky] evolved into longer-term forecasting, and led to a separate product called Forecast. Mr. Grossman says the weather predictions all come from computers; no meteorologists are involved. Algorithms compare predictions from various stations or weather sources with historical accuracy and spit out purely statistical predictions. “We get a lot of flak from meteorologists who say computers can’t do it and you always need a human in there to call the shots,” Mr. Grossman said. “But humans are really bad at forecasting. When it comes to weather forecasting it’s best to leave it to the computers.”

It’s a bit like “Moneyball” hits weather prediction — the idea that statistical models can, in the long run, offer better forecasts than a mix of information and gut instinct.

Molly Wood, Searching for the Best Weather App Among Weather Underground, Weatherbug and More — NYTimes.com

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