Realtime Data/Weather/Wind layer - suggested improvements

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Tom

29 Jul, 2021 05:19 PM

Thanks for the new Realtime Data/Weather layers, great feature, great improvements, I'm glad you discovered this new data source!
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Problems:
- Sometimes, in the Realtime Data/Weather/Wind layer, weather stations with wind data "barely show up" on the map and are difficult to see and discover. See screenshot.

- Also, it is not possible to discern the wind direction on the map, without first clicking on the weather station.

See screenshot. that shows a hard-to-see weather station just to the south of the crosshairs on the map.

Suggested Solutions, for consideration and discussion:

- Use easily seen and discovered "wind barbs", to visually communicates wind speed with the length of each barb, and wind direction with the direction each barb is pointing. See http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/maps/sfcobs/wnd.rxml

- Try to make wind barbs easy to see and discover in suboptimal conditions (sunshine, sweaty face, snowfall, rain, etc.), for a person with imperfect and worsening eyesight.

Thanks, great products!

  1. 1 Posted by Tom on 29 Jul, 2021 05:31 PM

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    Related:
    - For realtime temperature data, in addition to communicating the temperature with different colors, also display the number of the current temperature in black text on the map near each weather station.

    - For realtime wind data, in addition to communicating the wind direction and speed with a wind barb, experiment with also adding black text that communicates wind speed and direction, ex. "SSW 28" or "10 N".

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