Thank you: A summary of Stormpulse feedback in recent days

First of all … with Hurricane Gustav less than 40 hours from landfall, our thoughts are with the people of Louisiana.

I wanted to write a quick post tonight letting all of you know how much we appreciate the flood of feedback and constructive criticism we’ve received, particularly in the last week.  While we read every single character you send our way, we no longer have the ability to respond to every email and continue making progress on the site.  So if we haven’t responded to you personally, we trust you understand …

Since many people claim to be listening to feedback but don’t seem to do much about it, I thought I would prove it by listing the most common (and best) suggestions we’ve heard so far:

  • It’s hard to tell the difference between the various colors in the storm category legend.  Specifically, we need to create a greater distinction between categories 3, 4, and 5.
  • “Please put the category somewhere on the map/info box.”  Done.  We now list “H1”, “H2”, etc. in the information box at the bottom of the map.
  • “Give me some way to make the map bigger“.  Done.  We’ve added a Full-Screen link to the site (look at the top-right), and we’ve made height and width settable parameters in the API.
  • “Let me zoom in farther.”  Coming … we just downloaded imagery from NASA that will allow you to zoom in another one or two steps.
  • Add Little Cayman and Cayman brac to the map!”  Seems reasonable to us.  Haven’t done this yet, though.  Sorry.
  • “Some of the photos for Hurricane Katrina as wrong/false.”  Done.  We’ve gone in and cleared the erroneous ones out, as far as we know.
  • “I can’t see the background tiles/map.”  We’ve narrowed this down, in most cases, to a corporate firewall blocking the traffic or a need to clear your browser cache and try again.
  • Add radar!”  Coming, although it probably won’t animate at first.
  • “Please label latitude and longitude on the grid.”  This is going to be a little tricky, but again, we’ll see what we can do once things calm down a bit.  :-)

All for now.  Thanks again to all of you that have taken the time to write.  And for those that haven’t, thanks for using the site and the API service.  And our fingers are flying fast trying to make it even better.

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  1. […] Thank you: A summary of Stormpulse feedback in recent days First of all with Hurricane Gustav less than 40 hours from landfall, our thoughts are with the people of Louisiana. […]

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  3. Pastor Andy on

    I absolutely love your website, especially the higher resolution with city/town names so that you can really tell how close/far away you might be from a projected hurricane landfall. The mouse drag mileage calculation is a brilliant feature also.

    I live in Corpus Christi having moved here almost 3 years ago from Dallas area. I had been monitoring nhc.noaa.gov at least daily but I now prefer using your site (along with Weather Channel on occasion).

    God Bless,
    Pastor Andy

  4. Betsy on

    Awesome website — keep up the great work!!! Question — Is there ever the possibility that one storm could catch another storm and they roll in together to create a monster of a storm?? For example, could Ike ever catch Hanna and they both head into land at the same place/same time? I pray the answer is NO!

  5. Jason on

    One more comment – great work! It’s good to see so many news sites picking up your maps as well. I worked on a newspaper’s website in Florida years ago and we didn’t have anything this useful.


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