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Maps page bugs… squashed!

Previously when scrolling the maps page it would sometimes refresh the “Interactive Radar” map.

Also, on smaller viewports (like phones), the map was zoomed in too far. It was difficult to tell if precipitation was nearby but out of view.

Pinching the map to zoom in or out was also difficult and would lead to unwanted refreshes.

I believe all those unwanted behaviors are gone now. In addition, I have made the default zoom level of the map just a bit less.

The map will only change size (& refresh) when you change your device’s orientation (to portrait or landscape). Otherwise, it will remain whatever size it was when you first loaded the page.

New Hourly Forecast Feature

hourly forecast as seen on iPhoneAs of today, an hourly forecast from the National Weather Service is now available on the home page. Simply locate the horizontal row of weather icons and look immediately beneath them. You will see a section header: “Quick Forecast”. There you can select either “daily” or “hourly”. Your device should remember your selection over time (assuming you haven’t disabled “cookies”).

This new feature will allow you to see the next 24 hours in terms of temperature, wind, sky conditions and probability of precipitation. You can easily scroll with a finger (mobile) or trackpad (laptop) to see all available hours.

Also, for our “power” users, if you visit page settings on the home page (see gear icon in upper right), there is an option to enable dewpoints on the hourly forecast. This is quite useful in the summer to determine how “muggy” any given day will feel. The general rule of thumb is it starts to feel humid when dewpoints rise to the low 60s or greater. Once it hits 70° (only maybe a few times per summer in Marquette, generally), it’s quite humid. In the winter, when the dewpoint and the temperature begin converging, the likelihood of snow goes up. So there is value to this reading year round.

We hope you enjoy this new feature. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Site to Enter “Night Mode” at Sunset

In an effort to ease your pupils and preserve your circadian rhythms, this website now features dark background colors with light text from sunset to sunrise.

If you’re unfamiliar with this trend in web and application design, I encourage you to enter “blue light sleep” into your favorite search engine. Also, going “dark” at night saves energy since screen light accounts for a large percentage of power draw on any computing device.

Our design aesthetic (while certainly not “modern”) has long featured natural environmental cues. Night mode provides yet another indication of what is happening in our community. People from other time zones who visit the site (and we get a number of them daily) will now immediately know whether it is night or day here.

Currently, I am working on a user override feature for those who don’t enjoy this style change. I hope to release that enhancement within the next several days.

In the meantime, let me know what you think in the comments below.

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UPDATE 8/11/22 7:45 PM:

Theme options (auto | day | night) now appear at the bottom of each page. The site defaults to “auto” which will enable night mode only at night. But you can choose to override with “day” or “night” mode at any time. A cookie will be saved on your device so you shouldn’t have to continually select your preferred option each time you visit.

UPDATE 9/15/22 7:15 AM:

The site will now enter night mode at nautical sunset and remain dark until nautical sunrise. This will ensure it is actually dark outside when the site is in night mode. For more information on those times in Marquette, see https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/usa/marquette.

UPDATE 9/17/22 3:00 PM:

The nautical sunrise/sunset times are now listed at the bottom of each page.

A New Interactive Radar Map

New Maps PageLast December we had to remove the radar imagery that appeared on the home page (for most devices). This was due to the recent overhaul of radar data by the National Weather Service.

Since then I’ve been looking for a replacement radar interface that was free and didn’t track end users.

It turns out that Windy.com, a weather enthusiast site I subscribe to that provides all manner of modeled weather data, offers a ready-made widget that will, among other things, display current and past radar conditions. You’ll find this zoomable radar on our Maps page.

Continue reading “A New Interactive Radar Map”

Radar Changes

The National Weather Service has changed the method radar imagery is delivered. Unfortunately, that means, for the indefinite future, we will not be able to feature a static radar image on the home page.

For the time being, we offer two radar options: Weather Underground’s animated radar and Dark Sky’s static radar. These are available in the “Enhanced Radar” selector immediately beneath the quick forecast icons. There may come a time when these alternatives also cease to function.

We are searching out other possibilities for radar imagery. Please bear with us as this is beyond our control. Thank you!

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