The Economics of Weather

Weather has become an economic battleground. First we had Sequoia Capital’s recent sizable investment in WeatherBug, and now we have James Fallows’ N.Y. Times piece (see last para) which notes in sidelong fashion how AcuWeather and others are trying to get the government out of the weather business.

All of this, however, gives me an excuse to run Mike Moritz of Sequoia’s great post-closing quote about the weather business:

“There is one universal topic. It isn’t sex, money, or health. It is weather.”


  1. Some governments are fighting back, however. In Britain, the Met Office is cooperating with the British Retail Council to produce weather products attractive to business.