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01-19-2015 11:24 PM  3 years agoPost 1
matthewcornell

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Hi folks. Like many of us, I check the hourly weather forcast pretty regularly so I can plan my priorities :-) and I had an idea. Wouldn't it be cool if there was a site where you could go to get a quick 'stoplight (green, yellow, red) view of the next seven days? Well I went and coded it up, and I'd love to get your constructive feedback. The site is at rc-weather.herokuapp.com . Here's one from Houston: rc-weather.herokuapp.com/forecast/77001 . And here's the blurb from the main page:
This is a proof-of-concept app that gives an "at a glance" view of the next seven days from the perspective of an outdoor radio control aircraft enthusiast.

Because the weather is a major factor, I thought showing a simple color-coded hourly forecast would be useful. The table on this site has columns representing days of the week and has rows for hours of the day. Each cell is an hour whose color is determined by a simple algorithm that takes into account three forecast parameters: probability of precipitation, temperature, and wind speed. The Color ey table below shows details. The forecast data is currently US-only because it comes from the National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) REST Web Service.
Regarding the algorithm for determining each hour's color, check out the bottom of the forecast page. Here's an extract:
Each hour's color is chosen in three steps: First, each weather parameter is assessed individually (percent of precipitation, temperature, and wind speed) to get one of three desirability ratings - Low, Medium, and High - based on a simple set of ranges. Second, those three ratings are combined to get one of four overall desirability ratings for the hour itself - Low, Medium-Low, Medium-High, and High. Finally, the overall desirability rating is mapped to a color.
What would be helpful:

I'm mostly interested in functionality and quality of results. The two main areas are 1) The color-based tabular layout idea itself, 2) the color-selection algorithm (how a color is chosen based on precip, temp, and wind), and 3) forecast accuracy (the government data's wind is usually low for my area, best I can tell).

The site's style is "Programmer 1980s raw functionality" (my speciality), so it's not meant to be gorgeous yet. If people find the site valueable then I'll get someone to make it pretty. (Any web designer volunteers? :-)

Thanks!

matt

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01-20-2015 01:06 AM  3 years agoPost 2
JEEPWORLD2002/2

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Like it but only thing to stop me is the rain and bitter cold

which is why I think we need more large indoor aero domes who want to start a fund crowd funding site ?? I ve herd of one or two indoor flys near me but they are usually restricted to 450 n under I prefer 500 n up maybe talk to the local YMCA n start a Heli aero club n they can donate air space to the club sorry to hijack

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01-20-2015 08:30 PM  3 years agoPost 3
kingmeow

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In addition to allowing zip code, also allow city, state. Many times when you are traveling or going out of your local area, you know the town name but not the zip code. Saves a step of "looking it up".

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01-20-2015 09:33 PM  3 years agoPost 4
RyanW

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Pretty cool at a glance. Just need it embedded as a widget on my phone!

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01-20-2015 10:03 PM  3 years agoPost 5
Rafael23cc

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Man, I need to move further south!

I like the concept. Cool, quick glance information.

Rafael

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01-20-2015 11:04 PM  3 years agoPost 6
Ace Dude

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Good job Matt!

  

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01-21-2015 03:50 AM  3 years agoPost 7
matthewcornell

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Thanks, guys. I appreciate the comments. I'll start working on the most popular ones.

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01-21-2015 03:56 AM  3 years agoPost 8
Dan Minick

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Im showing all RED

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01-21-2015 04:38 AM  3 years agoPost 9
matthewcornell

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Thanks again for the comments. I'm looking forward to continuing developing it. It's been a lot of fun so far!

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01-21-2015 03:42 PM  3 years agoPost 10
matthewcornell

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I collected all of your very helpful suggestions, with the most popular being:
  • factor in sunset and sunrise times
  • edit the acceptable value ranges
  • factor in overcast (sunny or cloudy)
  • make a mobile-friendly version or a mobile app
There are many other good ones too, and they're also on my list.

BTW I *really* like the Clear Sky Chart (pic below). I love the tasty little colored squares, the black background (is that because it's night?) Their approach is more like weather.gov (attached) - with hours going from left to right. The only issue is that this is limited to a few days due to monitor width, or would require scrolling right to see seven days. OTOH, you can pack in more information, which is cool. I was going for more of a glance-and-go thing, but maybe my users are mostly geeks like us here on HF who want some detail. Thoughts?

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01-21-2015 04:07 PM  3 years agoPost 11
Ace Dude

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Matt, I've been using the air sports weather site below for years. You may find it helpful for some ideas for your application.

http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi

  

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01-21-2015 04:28 PM  3 years agoPost 12
fastflyer20

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Very nice job.

I like the details, often referring to the NOAA graph you posted.
Many times the calm before a storm is a great time to fly and hour by hour can make all the difference.

Tom
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01-21-2015 04:45 PM  3 years agoPost 13
Jim Cimino

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Nice job. This is the site I use for a quick glance at aviation weather for flying the real stuff. It also is usable for RC. Just enter your state and it gives available areas.

http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/lau...a=KAVP&state=PA

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01-21-2015 06:48 PM  3 years agoPost 14
Futura SE

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This is the site I use for a quick glance at aviation weather for flying the real stuff. It also is usable for RC. Just enter your state and it gives available areas.
This is exactly what I use too and have for several years....

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01-22-2015 01:59 PM  3 years agoPost 15
cudaboy_71

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I'd been looking for something like this for some time. When I really thought about it, all I really need is.....

Hour by hour:
Temperature
Wind
Cloud conditions (I don't like flying in really overcast conditions due to silhouetting. I really don't like flying in fog)

after many trial and error attempts, I finally stumbled upon 1Weather.app for android.

It does a lot of what your typical weather app do. But, most importantly--at a glance--it provides hourly incremented forecasts of the 3 criteria I am after. And, after several years of use, the forecasts are very accurate even 36 hours out.

It also has an interactive, layered map to show cloud/fog cover, among other things, with a 2 hour, 30 minute interval time progression.

give it a try.

if it ain't broke, break it.

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02-07-2015 10:58 PM  3 years agoPost 16
matthewcornell

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FYI the app is now live at peepweather.com !
Hi again everyone. I've been hard at work making the app (hopefully!) usable, and it's now located at peepweather.com . If you check it out, please let me know what you think.

And if you want to share, go ahead :-) There are a couple of links for that, including an embed one for clubs. I'm not making any money off it, I just wanted to bring the simple idea into to the world.

New features:
  1. geolocation to use your current lat/lon
  2. search for zip codes
  3. much improved interface, including 'responsive' for small devices
  4. user-customizable ranges for precip, wind, temp, and clouds
  5. cloud cover now included
  6. tasty weather icons (can be disabled)
  7. url sharing that includes customized settings
  8. embed link for web masters
  9. tap/hover detail information for each hour (shows how the hour was rated)
Cheers!

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02-08-2015 01:45 AM  3 years agoPost 17
artimus

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I have a windows based weather station...i pull the shades up and look out the window.

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02-08-2015 02:55 AM  3 years agoPost 18
jgunpilot

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It's now a home tab, thanks!

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02-08-2015 10:28 AM  3 years agoPost 19
Pascal-KC

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Pretty cool Matthew. How about a user account for the customized settings to follow the user on every computer?
So far, I have been using Intellicast on iPad and iPhone. Great app.

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02-08-2015 03:04 PM  3 years agoPost 20
matthewcornell

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@Pascal-KC

> Pretty cool Matthew. How about a user account for the customized settings to follow the user on every computer? So far, I have been using Intellicast on iPad and iPhone. Great app.

Good idea! I'm keeping track of all of these. Thanks, Pascal. -- matt

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