Weathermob, a mobile, social network for sharing weather reports around the globe, has raised $360,000 in new funding from a number of angel investors including Christopher Austin, Tim Albright, Drew Volpe and Mark Hastings.
Via a free iOS app, Weathermob allows anyone to become a weather reporter. The app mashes up real-time meteorological data, photo and video sharing to allow users to report on and share the weather in their current location. Since launching in November, the app already has millions of users from 128 countries.
Founder Julia LeStage tells us that each crowdsourced Weathermob report attracts an average of 2.5 comments. Within the app, you can see local weather reports in your location, or search for reports in other destinations. Users can choose to view reports by popularity as well, and the app connects with Facebook Connect so you can see reports from friends.
The home screen presents a snapshot of the current weather conditions and current climate in your location. This screen also includes Flurries, which are short weather headlines that highlight something about the current or upcoming weather. And users earn points and titles for talking about the weather. For example, if you are producing popular weather reports viewed by other members, you can become the Bureau Chief for your zip code/area.
The new funding will be used toward international expansion and product development.