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Chart and data upgrade work

Posted Thu, 30th March 2017 19:10

Sorry for the lack of Buzz updates this week. The reason is I've been hard at work building the new Chart viewer which is the first part of a major upgrade to the data services on the site and apps. 

New chart viewer

Charts using the new viewer are now available for the Arome, Arpege, ECMWF, CMC GEM, GEFS, GFS and UK Met Office models. Links are available from the main menu at the top of the page, or you can go to the Arpege page and switch between the different models.

There are still some bugs that I'm aware but hopefully they will be resolved in the next few days. In particular the vertical scroll hold isn't as smooth as I'd like it to be on some web browsers. Patience please.

Advantages of the new viewer include:

1) Much better on smart phones and small tablets (that's now over 60% of you)

2) Much easier to bookmark individual charts. For example, here's a direct link to the GEFS London 850hPa and precipitation plot  

 

Next steps

I'll be working on ironing out the bugs and adding in a few more features. Once that's sorted I'll move on to the charts themselves. I'll improve a number of the existing plots and add some news ones. Hopefully there also be additional model data. Also previous runs for most of the models will be available, at the moment only the GFS on the old Chart viewer offers this. A scaled live view of the key charts is also something I'm working on.  

If you'd like to something added let me know and I'll see whether I can build it in. 

Final note

Thanks for continuing to support the site. 2016 was our busiest year yet, and after the first three months of 2017 we're already significantly ahead of where we were at the end of last March. Remember the site can only continue to exist if many thousands of you use it! So please feel free to tell your friends about TWO.

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