Andrea drives a new release
Sometimes, when you think you have 3-weeks, you really have no time at all. So it was with the appearance of Andrea. Fortunately, we were at a point in our development where we could turn off the hose and put up what we have so far. This includes:
- A current view for the 2007 hurricane season. For now, it just means that the cloud cover is current—updated every 3-6 hours, depending on availability, and that we’re keeping track of storms for the ’07 season. We made some updates to the Season Summary box to enhance the effect.
- Wind probabilities. If you have the last plotpoint selected for a storm track, you can click a city name and a small window will appear with a chart, breaking down wind probabilities for that location over the next 5 days. In this screenshot, I’ve just clicked “Palm Beach” while plot point 5/5 is selected for Subtropical Storm Andrea:
- Time of Next Update. This appears in multiple places, but most prominently at the top of the site, and in the storm details box (the bright blue one with all of the latest details on the storm). This answers the question of ‘when will we have new information?‘.
- The first live appearance of our projected cone graphic. For Andrea, it’s just a big circle (in keeping with the official NHC graphic), but in the future it will be the familiar cone. When the cone is really a circle (as in Andrea’s case), we’ve only labeled date and time for the last forecast point (to avoid lots of overlapping). When it’s the more familiar cone, however, we’ll have each forecast labeled with date and time (screenshot). Our cone should always be identical to that published by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). If there’s ever a discrepancy (and it really should go without saying): go with the NHC.
- Geographic labels for countries and bodies of water (oceans and large seas). We’re pretty sure the countries labeling is complete, at 228 nations, but we realize there are many more bodies of water (especially capes and gulfs) that we could and should label. For now, we are at least calling out important hurricane landmarks like the Cape Verde islands and the Gulf of Mexico. If a label looks out of place, could you let us know (stormpulse symbol-for-at gmail dot com), pretty please?
Okay, that’s all for now, fellow storm trackers. Back to working on what didn’t make the cut.
NOTE: We’re aware that there is some clumsiness in the wind probabilities charts right now such that when you click the little ‘X’ to dismiss them, the map can pan around unexpectedly. Sorry about that; we’re going to fix it ASAP.