Jewish Journal

iPhone weather app divides Jerusalem

by Adam Wills

June 3, 2010 | 10:18 am

The old single Jerusalem feed is now dead, and new East and West Jerusalem windows display identical weather information. Image by Jewlicious

I’ve heard of microclimates, but this is ridiculous. The Yahoo! Weather app, which comes pre-installed on the iPhone and iPod Touch, divided Jerusalem earlier this week, but the feeds for both West and East Jerusalem are coming from the same, united weather station.

More from Jewlicious:

A few days ago I noticed that the weather for Jerusalem on my iPhone’s ubiquitous [Yahoo! Weather app] stopped updating. Assuming it was some kind of network glitch, I didn’t pay it much attention, especially since I uh… live in Jerusalem and know what the weather is. This time of year? HOT, with mercifully cool evenings.

Well, it turns out that Yahoo, who runs the app with information gathered by Weather.com, suddenly changed its reporting. Now if you want the weather for Jerusalem, you have two choices – East Jerusalem and West Jerusalem. On the Yahoo weather page East Jerusalem’s weather is in Palestinian Occupied Territories >West Bank >Jerusalem and West Jerusalem’s weather is in Weather >Israel >Yerushalayim >Jerusalem. Now Gaza may or may not be considered “Occupied Territories” but if you want Gaza weather, you’d be out of luck.

OK, ok I get it. Yahoo decided to change its classification system to something that reflects a dominant international consensus on the status of Jerusalem. Fine. I don’t agree of course, but I get it. What I don’t get is that if you look closely, the location information for both East and West Jerusalem on the app is exactly the same – H: 83° L:61°.

Uhm, can you say fail?

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Sam Gliksman was born in Australia. As a child, the closest he ever came to technology was playing with a yo-yo that lit up at night. After college Sam made aliyah and took his...

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