Here's a cool little crowd-sourced project from the National Severe Storms Laboratory and the University of Oklahoma. (Boomer Sooner!) The "Precipitation Near the Ground" project (aka W-PING) uses reports from civilians (that's you and me) to match against what radar sees. And as noted in the app description, radar doesn't see too well near the ground at long distances, and those snazzy automated sensors that can tell the difference between snow and rain and some dude spitting in the gutter are found only at airports.

That's where you and I come in. If it starts raining or snowing or whatever it does wherever you are (here in Florida it's either "build an ark" or "welcome to Hell"), fire up the app, let it detect where you are, then choose the closest description to what it is you're seeing, particularly with cold-weather storms.

Think of it as a cool way to give a little back to science, when science has given so much to you.

More: The Ping Project; via @jimcantore

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estockda says:

Crowd-sourced... unless you're Asian and you meant cloud-sourced.

lol. That was good.

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Happy New Year!

lol! one of the best things here on this site is the great comments that people make, that with all the tech info is awesome.

Superhyper says:

Boomer Sooner! I'll have to give this a try, although I live right down the street from the National Weather Center so I'm not sure how useful my data will be to them...

How can they use a screenshot of Tulsa when they are in Norman. Glad to see another normanite on here. Boomer!

Donmeister85 says:

Uh, time to juice up that battery, Phil.

icebike says:

I fired up the app in the Seattle area, but it only showed two reporting options, Rain and Drizzle. I think its location aware.

SRN7 says:

Cool app!
My dad ran the Cooperative Observer Program for Maine and NH before he retired - for those interested also see

CoasterCOG says:

If this is interesting to you also check out PressureNet:

It reports the barometric pressure from your phone in the background. I've been running it for a couple months and never notice it, it uses almost no battery or data.