Yahoo Pairs Weather With Flickr Photos in Gorgeous New Weather App


Yahoo! just released a new weather app that takes advantage of beautiful photos provided by the company’s Flickr community to pair in depth weather information with gorgeous photos of your city experiencing similar weather. The idea is that users don’t just want to know the weather (numerically speaking), they want to see it.

Here’s a short ad Yahoo! put together to showcase the stunning new app:

As a free weather app, it leaves nothing to be desired. You’ve got all of your info, from a big current temp display that’s easy to read at a glance, to info about everything from wind to the phase of the moon. But what makes the app special is the photos that illustrate it.

Yahoo! is pulling photos from Flickr and categorizing them based on the weather at the time the pic was taken. That way, when it’s, say, 55-degrees and clear in NYC, you’ll get a photo to match:


Obviously, in order to make this happen world-wide, Yahoo! will need some help adding to its already substantial library of quality photos — and the company isn’t too shy to ask for it. Here’s a snippet from the blog post announcing the update:

Our goal is to have amazing photos for every weather condition that cover the globe — morning, afternoon, and night — across every city in the world, and we want your help. Whether you’re simply a daydreamer or an avid photographer, submit photos of your favorite places to our Flickr Group and your image can be seen by tens of millions in Yahoo! Weather for iPhone.

That Flickr group is Project Weather, and that’s how Yahoo is pulling these photos without getting on the wrong side of the photographers that took them. Each photo is properly credited in the bottom right and clickable so that if someone really likes your pic, they can check it out on Flickr and give you the praise you deserve.

Obviously, if you live in a small town right now, your city may not have much uploaded to Project Weather, but that’s where you can come in. Head over to the Project Weather Flickr group to upload all-weather photos from your city and then see them (along with every other Yahoo! Weather user in your city) by downloading the free app from the iTunes app store here.

  • Christopher

    This is yet another example of how Yahoo!’s Flickr ToS is worlds apart from everybody else’s. If Facebook wanted to do this they could just release it and use whomever’s photos they want, but the Flickr ToS allows them to publish your photos “solely for the purpose for which such content was submitted” (and only for as long as you choose to leave your photos on Flickr) so they need a separate opt in to display your photos in a weather app.

  • Leigh Smith

    When is the Android app coming!?

  • Nathaniel Young

    I want to download this app soooo bad. can’t stand the icon tho

  • Durand

    There’s already a Yahoo Weather android app (which showcases flickr images) but it looks nowhere near as good as this. I don’t get it.

  • Johnny Blood

    And, as a photographer, you would be an idiot to participate. Why? Because Yahoo! doesn’t pay photographers to license the photos. They contacted me. I said ‘no’.

  • lidocaineus

    Right. Because all photographers care about is money.

  • Dean Forbes

    Not so. If you place value on your the work you create then you would understand Johnny’s comment. I’m glad that that at least you have a choice whether to participate in this app by placing photos into a special flickr group.

  • lidocaineus

    So you abide by the fact that you’re an idiot if you choose to participate in this group? That there are no folks out there who are great photographers who like giving some of their photos away? That the exposure you’d garner with an awesome shot and free publicity wouldn’t be worth it? Right.

  • mike s

    Very nice app

  • bobbobitybob

    I would rather see real-time shots of the weather than stock photos of “cloudy days” or whatever. If nobody local had uploaded something recent, an image from the nearest weather webcam would do. Attractive photos are all very well. but this is weather app, not a photography app. I want to see the weather today, not “What a similar day two years ago” looked like.

  • Johnny Blood

    No, because they NEED to care about money, or otherwise they will not be able to afford replacement cameras, lenses, liability insurance, fuel, tools, memory cards, taxes, equipment insurance, tripods, accessories, artificial lighting, room & board, computer equipment, software, Flickr membership fees, telecommunications fees, etc. And that’s before they get paid a red cent for their time. If you want to give away your photographs and cripple an industry as a result, go right ahead. But don’t come whining to me when you need help from me paying for your those things the government pays (via my taxes) for you on your behalf. Cad.

  • Johnny Blood

    No, they are idiots BECAUSE they give their photography away. Exposure does not pay bills. And I’ll send you a buck if you can show any evidence a photographer via the Flickr Weather app gets a sale as a result of having their photograph seen. Your view in this regard is HIGHLY naive. Besides, why should Yahoo! profit and not the photographer? Why are you cheering for big corporation to make more money and not the little guy? Yeah, you know what I want to call you now. Starts with an ‘i’ and ends with a ‘t’ and I don’t mean ‘inkjet’.

  • lidocaineus

    I’m almost at a loss for words at this. Clearly you don’t work as a photographer or are an extremely unsuccessful one because every successful photographer (business-wise) knows the value of publicity and sample work, and how to use it to further interest in their work. And for those who are great phtographers and don’t care about profit (you know, those that like doing things for artistic merit? I’m guessing this is also an alien concept to you) , this can be a fun, entertaining way to get your work out there.

    Do you have to post your photos to the app’s availability pool? Of course not. But it’s a great option for plenty of people, and their decision to let Flickr / Yahoo! generate ad revenue is entirely their choice, not something for you to decide for them. And finally, the business side of photography is just like any business – market needs are met by supply and demand. If you can’t adapt and find a way to profit, you’re doing it wrong.

    You are either incredibly naive or you’re a troll.