Car­rot Weather

Puts charm­less me­te­o­rol­o­gists and weather apps to shame

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Weather apps are gen­er­ally func­tional. You peer at sym­bols and pre­dic­tions, and per­haps watch the odd video of some­one point­ing at maps, but there’s rarely any fun. Me­te­o­rol­o­gists can’t even bring them­selves to wear amus­ing hats. Car­rot Weather has a markedly al­ter­na­tive ap­proach, in­fus­ing hu­mour and en­ter­tain­ment into fore­cast­ing, largely through hav­ing pre­dic­tions pro­vided by a hos­tile ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence that prob­a­bly has Skynet on speed-dial.

Af­ter cheer­ily stat­ing “Greet­ings, meat­bag”, not­ing ad­verse weather post-ac­ti­va­tion is “co­in­ci­den­tal”, and warn­ing you not to poke its oc­u­lar sen­sor, Car­rot be­gins fore­cast­ing. You can switch be­tween short-term, hourly and daily fore­casts, each with rain­fall and tem­per­a­ture pre­dic­tions. There’s also a time ma­chine fea­ture for ru­ing that it was warmer this time last year (then find­ing it wasn’t).

Mostly, though, Car­rot is about snark. The AI is amus­ingly hos­tile, laugh­ing at you when it’s rain­ing, send­ing hur­ri­canes when you poke its oc­u­lar sen­sor one too many times, and il­lus­trat­ing the weather with oddball il­lus­tra­tions, such as a sad per­son sit­ting in a bath when it’s grey and rainy. Nat­u­rally, the app’s a lux­ury – per­haps an ex­trav­a­gance. You can get sim­i­lar in­for­ma­tion for free via fore­cast.io. But we’re glad it ex­ists any­way – at least, as­sum­ing Car­rot doesn’t use its time ma­chine to find John Con­nor. Craig Gran­nell

Car­rot Weather: a bit like if fore­casts were pro­vided by The Ter­mi­na­tor.

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