How Do Weather Maps Work in Weather Mate? (Part V)
The last episode of this series on the weather maps feature in Weather Mate has finally approached. Our previous parts of this series have focused on simplifying the various map layers and overlays for our users in order to enhance their experience of Weather Mate and help them in extracting maximum information from this feature. Our last article on this feature will entail the following map layers:
Active Fires:The active fire maps layer provides an overview of the wildland fire situation along with information regarding the density of smoke in the event that a fire is detected. Active Fire Map Settings provide the following customization options to the users:
Satellite Detected Fires: This feature displays the fire activity identified by the passing satellites over a certain region. The users can either choose imagery from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Word Satellites or North American World Satellites. MODIS is a key sensor mounted on a couple of NASA satellites used to collect thermal information. To learn more about MODIS, you may refer to this page: http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/about/design.php
Fire Perimeter: It displays the current perimeter of the fire activity.
Smoke Cover: This option is available for our users in USA only and depicts the area encompassed by the smoke on the map.
Hurricane:This map layer portrays storms of different categories including invest, tropical depression, tropical storm and categories from 1 to 5; current hurricane location; wind radius; and possible storm centre locations. Hurricane Map Settings provide the following options:
Past Track Observations: It helps to find a storm similar to some current one and then use that previous storm track to predict where some current storm is going.
Forecast: Accurate and reliable hurricane predictions.
Wind Radius: It is the distance between the centre of the cyclone and its band of strongest wind and is measured in knots.
Cone of Uncertainty: It represents the probable track of the centre of a tropical cyclone and is used in forecasting the hurricanes.
Sea/Oceans:This layer shows the temperature of water close to the ocean’s surface (Sea Surface Temperature) and its deviation from normal seasonal values at a certain location (Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly).
Webcams:Using this feature, weather conditions can be viewed from webcams in different parts of the world.
We hope that the simple explanation above will help you get a better understanding of Weather Mate. Visit us next week to learn more about different features of Weather Mate here.