As we know all too well from the past month, New York weather BE CRAZY. One day it feels like Spring in January and the next, we wake up only to trek through a few feet of toxic slush to a delayed train. If only there was a better way to get the weather report than sifting through an hour-by-hour forecast in a state of half sleep, trying to determine what shoes to put on…
Welcome to the world of Poncho, a personalized weather service that emails/texts you each morning with an update specifically tailored to your daily habits. It’s just like the device in Her, except instead of Scarlet Johansson whispering sweet nothings into your ear, it’s an adorable cat in a poncho telling you the weather.
The site starts by asking you about your commute to work, if you have pets that need to go out, and whether or not you’re allergic to pollen. You don’t have to download an app or sign up for some weird facebook promotion that steals all your information; you’ll start receiving forecasts the next morning, bright and early on your phone or fancy computer machine. And you won’t get a high/low hourly breakdown of wind-chill and polar trends. The info will be simple and helpful and no more than 1 or 2 sentences, so your brain won’t explode with information overload. You can save that brain space for more important things, like finding out which strippers Justin Bieber is hanging out with or like reading important world news…or whatever it is that you do.
Today, my Poncho told me that it was going to be “incredi-burr” outside, which I enjoyed very much. It just rolls off the tongue and I said until my roomates were super annoyed.
The best part is that we have an extra special gift for our beloved Greenpointers readers. If you sign up to try out Poncho via this link by 2/17, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to our favorite new neighborhood joint, Delilah’s. That’s $50 worth of CHEESESTEAKS y’all.
And if you eat 5 cheesesteaks in one sitting (by yourself) you win the unofficial prize of GREENPOINT WORLD CHAMPION. No one can ever take that away from you.
But really everyone wins here, because this cute and very wise professor of weather, whom I will henceforth call Poncho Cat, is going to make all our lives a little easier. Seriously, this cat is the COOLEST.