Betaworks, the New York startup incubator behind Gif search engine Giphy and the relaunch of Digg, debuted a quirky, text message-only weather service called Poncho back in 2013. Nearly three years later, the service has generated a following across the U.S. based on simplicity and witty weather commentary alone.
Now, Poncho is making things a bit more complicated: The service launched a self-titled, free iOS app today, complete with alarm functionality (which failed to wake me up this morning, as I left the sound off on my phone overnight, something the app did warn about). It also offers a timeline-style view of your forecast, which places more emphasis on how the weather affects your day and commute and less on actual forecast data.
Weather is boring. Apps are boring, Therefore Weather Apps must be the most boring. We agree. Weather needs a wake up.
Sadly, Poncho is U.S. and iOS-only. You can download the app here.
Poncho explains the weather in plain, clear English — just like weather forecasters used to do. But, this time, it’s personal, local and timely. Instead of providing you with more data a... All Poncho news »