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.