WEFOUNDI Can Be a Weather Forecaster I Can Be Series


Facebook started offering weather "greetings" to some users in April last year, but now it's rolling out a fully fledged weather app on both desktop and mobile. 

The app is still not available to everyone. For example, I can access it on Android — it's located in the hamburger More menu (upper right corner) in the app, and listed under "Apps." On desktop, however, it's nowhere to be found ( Update : it's coming in March. See end of post for more info). Some iOS users have also discovered it hidden in their Facebook app's hamburger menu.

If you do see it, you'll get a rudimentary app that gives you an hour-by-hour weather forecast for the current day and a simple forecast for the next five days. You can add custom locations in the settings (the app won't work without letting Facebook to access your location), switch from Celsius to Fahrenheit, and that's pretty much it in terms of options. 

Facebook started offering weather "greetings" to some users in April last year, but now it's rolling out a fully fledged weather app on both desktop and mobile. 

The app is still not available to everyone. For example, I can access it on Android — it's located in the hamburger More menu (upper right corner) in the app, and listed under "Apps." On desktop, however, it's nowhere to be found ( Update : it's coming in March. See end of post for more info). Some iOS users have also discovered it hidden in their Facebook app's hamburger menu.

If you do see it, you'll get a rudimentary app that gives you an hour-by-hour weather forecast for the current day and a simple forecast for the next five days. You can add custom locations in the settings (the app won't work without letting Facebook to access your location), switch from Celsius to Fahrenheit, and that's pretty much it in terms of options. 

“A written or spoken statement describing what the weather has been like recently, what it is like at the moment or what it will be for a period in the future.”

“A daily report of meteorological observations, and of probable changes in the weather; esp. one published by government authority”.

A weather report is a bit technical as compared to other report writing you have been practicing earlier. You need to choose words and phrases correctly and present the information gathered in the language of meteorologists.

A science fiction writer might imagine a future in which a government official -- the Minister of Weather Modification, perhaps -- dials up the day's weather for his country's citizens. A drought in the West? No problem, we'll just order a few gentle showers. A hurricane threatening the East Coast? Just stay calm, folks, we'll launch a small nuke to blast the storm apart.

They say truth is stranger than fiction, and such is the case with humans attempting to control the weather. Let's start with a brief history. Numerous Native American tribes, especially those living in semiarid desert country, such as the Pueblo, Hopi and Zuni, engaged in elaborate dances to coax moisture from the rain-stingy skies. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, rainmakers roamed across the western United States, promising to end droughts for a fee.

These itinerant salesmen used a combination of pseudo-science and grand showmanship to convince communities that their technique, often a device or structure used to deliver chemicals or gases into the air, would bring rain in short order. Even the U.S. government got in on the act. In 1891, Congress appropriated $19,000 to conduct rainmaking tests in Texas under the guidance of Robert Dryenforth. Dryenforth's results were inconclusive, and as the century turned, politicians and citizens began to regard rainmakers with increasing skepticism.

Facebook started offering weather "greetings" to some users in April last year, but now it's rolling out a fully fledged weather app on both desktop and mobile. 

The app is still not available to everyone. For example, I can access it on Android — it's located in the hamburger More menu (upper right corner) in the app, and listed under "Apps." On desktop, however, it's nowhere to be found ( Update : it's coming in March. See end of post for more info). Some iOS users have also discovered it hidden in their Facebook app's hamburger menu.

If you do see it, you'll get a rudimentary app that gives you an hour-by-hour weather forecast for the current day and a simple forecast for the next five days. You can add custom locations in the settings (the app won't work without letting Facebook to access your location), switch from Celsius to Fahrenheit, and that's pretty much it in terms of options. 

“A written or spoken statement describing what the weather has been like recently, what it is like at the moment or what it will be for a period in the future.”

“A daily report of meteorological observations, and of probable changes in the weather; esp. one published by government authority”.

A weather report is a bit technical as compared to other report writing you have been practicing earlier. You need to choose words and phrases correctly and present the information gathered in the language of meteorologists.


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