I've started shaking the dust off the chips in my servers. Due to medical issues, I haven't had the strength to do anything for a good while. Months and months. You can read about it in a brief here: "Answers, not good ones, but answers just the same." There are many other articles about it, but the linked one summarizes and tries to draw closure.
On to business. Improvements that I have planned for this season:
- Graphic representation of weather systems drawing from ground-based sensors.
- Fully automated storm detection and notification.
- Beautification of the site (I'm going to draw from my wife for this--I suck at pretty websites)
I'm looking forward to presenting current frontal movements on a near-real-time basis. I was working on the task when my body fired my brain. I've been collecting data-sets from OpenWeather.org for the last year. I've stored away more than 8.5 million lines of data to create these charts.
There are two major reasons for this:
- Non-critical event
- Frontal systems, rainfall and other weather elements can be visualized in a method not currently available
- Simplicity is key. What I find currently available would confuse Einstein. The design goal is for people to be able to see the map and say, "Meh, I'm safe." or, "Damn, time to inflate the rubber raft."
- Critical Event
- Watching a satellite image of the storm doesn't really tell the people on the ground where the damage is being done. It is a lovely image of the storm from the sky. Not the ground.
- The maps will present the viewer with as much data is available during the storms.
- NOTE: I tested this concept during one of the storms that hit the East Coast. It needed refinement, but most of the ground-based stations kept reporting days into the aftermath.
- The fact that the stations kept reporting lends to the idea of Critical event mapping an obtainable goal
- Again, not currently available in a simple form.
Why? I hate commercials and sites that track you. I track storms, and weather data, not people. The funds for this site come out of my own pocket. If you care to support my efforts, you can donate at may PayPal Account
God Bless and I hope we have an uneventful season. I'm perfectly content with tracking fish-storms.
Thanks for reading,
Jay C. "Jazzy_J" Theriot