How Do Weather Maps Work in Weather Mate? (Part III)
The third installment of the series of tutorials on the weather maps feature of Weather Mate is here and will be discussing more map layers. Part I and Part II of this series have already focused on a number of weather map layers. We aim to dissect and analyze the various segments and layers of these maps to simplify them for the common user in order to render his/her experience of the app as much rewarding as possible.
Severe Weather Alerts:This layer portrays severe weather alerts, warnings, watches, statements and advisories from National Weather Service (USA/Canada) and MeteoAlarm (Europe). The users can choose severe weather alert types from among a variety of options including air quality and pollution, fire, flood, fog, heat, hurricane, lake and marine, severe storms, special statements and wind. Warnings, statements and watches are also available for tropical cyclones and tornadoes.
Weather Stations:Personal weather stations have been set up in a number of neighborhoods all throughout the US. The stations are home to a number of instruments designed to determine certain atmospheric variables at any point in time and hence provide the most accurate localized climate predictions. WeatherMate allows the users to extract a diverse range of information from these weather stations as follows:
Temperature: -60 degree Fahrenheit to 120 degree Fahrenheit
Wind Speed/Wind Gusts and Direction: Numerator in the colored bubble shows wind speed whereas denominator shows wind gusts
Precipitation: Precipitation are all solid and liquid particles that fall from sky including rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow or hail. Level of precipitation is indicated by no precipitation, less than 1 inch of precipitation and more than 1 inch of precipitation.
Dew Point/Humidity: Dew point is the temperature at which air becomes saturated; i.e., water vapour condenses into water. The higher the dew point temperature, the higher the humidity. While humidity is the amount of moisture/water vapour in the air. The numerator in the small colored bubble represents dew point (temperature) while denominator shows percentage humidity.
Heat Index/Pressure: Heat index is the measure of how hot weather feels to the body. The numerator in the colored rectangle shows heat index and atmospheric pressure is represented by the denominator in millimeter of mercury (mmHg).
Temperature Gradient:It describes the direction and the rate at which the temperature varies with respect to displacement across a certain boundary. It is a vector quantity having direction from cold to hot region.
We hope that the simple explanation above will help you extract more information from Weather Mate. Visit us next week for the next installment of walkthrough on another map layer.