Will a fantasy sports concept translate successfully to weather? We’re about to find out.

The latest version of Weather Battle is closer than ever to being released into the wild. This version finally introduces the ability for players to put their money where their mouth is. All that remains is integration of the payment processor and then a short beta period.

None of this has been easy and I tip my hat to the brilliant people doing the heavy lifting. In an era of minimal start-up effort, this project has felt painfully slow. Player financial data and location security, as well as legal argument in most U.S. states, has added the kinds of complexity near impossible to overcome for a new, mostly bootstrapped start-up.

But can the weather be successfully adapted to into a fantasy sport? We’ve done our research and believe it is. We could be wrong though, but that’s okay. The business foundation that’s been laid is one that can be quickly adapted and applied elsewhere.

As I’ve proclaimed three times before in these update blogs, Weather Battle should be up and running in the next month or so. The battle is near.