Introducing Weathercloud Beta 6

Introducing Weathercloud Beta 6

Today we’re thrilled to announce the release of Weathercloud Beta 6!

In addition to new features and enhancements included in this version, Beta 6 comes with massive changes under the hood that lay the foundation for all the future developments that we’re working on. In other words, this version is an important step towards optimal stability, scalability and performance. We hope that you love Beta 6 and, as always, we would really appreciate any feedback from you.

 

What’s New in Beta 6

Improved Performance

We have upgraded our servers and started to adopt big data technologies and techniques to ensure the most efficient handling possible of all the weather data. Just to give you an idea, the Weathercloud database currently has over 3 billion records that translate into more than 100 GB of space. In addition, we receive around 500,000 new records every hour from the more than 7,000 online devices. This huge and rapidly growing volume of data is a challenge that requires us to constantly rethink and improve how we manage the data in order to keep pace. The changes introduced in Beta 6 guarantee long-term stability, scalability and performance, and we’re sure that you’ll notice the boost in speed right away.

 

Reports

But not everything in Beta 6 is about performance. The new Reports tool is the easiest and fastest way to check the records of a specific day or month. It shows in a table the average values for each hour of the day or day of the month (depending on what you choose), as well as a nice summary with the average, maximum and minimum value for the whole selected time period. You will find the Reports tool in the header of the site, between Database and Plots. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Reports Tool

 

Revamped Plots

Some changes have been done to the Plots tool in order to enhance it and make it easier to use. We have switched to a new graphic library that features a more modern look and that is responsive in real time, which means that you no longer have to refresh the page in case you resize your browser window. In addition, the information is now displayed full screen, and we have highlighted the average, maximum and minimum values of each selected variable at the top of the screen and in large digits so you can check them at a glance.

Revamped Plots

 

Enhanced Evolution Graphs

The Evolution Graphs on your public device page now use the same new graphic library as Plots. Thanks to that, the graphs are also fully responsive and when you hover over a dot you see the date and the maximum, average and minimum values for that day all at once, instead of just the value for that specific dot as in the prior version. This makes the Plots tool more usable and helps you save time. Finally, we have slightly adjusted the color of the lines in each graph to allow for easier differentiation between them.

Enhanced Evolution Graphs

 

Other minor bug fixes and improvements:

  • Added instructions for uploading data via Cumulus MX, EasyWeather and UnderTheWX.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the user device to be displayed blue instead of green on the weather map.
  • Fixed an issue that caused wind speed to be displayed as as ‘Calm’ in the automatic tweets when there was no data.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented unfollowing METARs from the Devices page.

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20 Responses

  1. Ivo Jebáček says:

    The report shows bad numbers of rain. On another places the values are OK.

  2. Alexander says:

    Loving the plots and reports!

  3. Congratulations you keep moving!

  4. Is there a option to set when rainfall daily data is reset
    In Australia rail fall daily totals are reset at 9am
    All reads rail fall to 9 am
    Cheers

    • Weathercloud says:

      Hi Martin, currently there’s no option to set this parameter, but we’ll think of a way to implement it. The main challenge is that many weather station models reset the rainfall daily data automatically at midnight.

  5. John Blick says:

    I am unable to plot anything. I just get the Weathercloud computing graphic but I never get a plot.

    However, I like the changes, Thanks for continuing to improve this app. You have outstanding graphics!

    • Weathercloud says:

      Hi John, are you using Safari? For some reason, this browser does not support the standard data range pickers, so you need to manually enter the start and end dates. Also, make sure to change the “-” separator for a “/” as follows: 2016-06-30 -> 2016/06/30, otherwise the plot won’t show on Safari. We’ll look for a way to fix this.

  6. Irving Dunn says:

    Hello,
    Regarding the plots, can someone tell me how the quantity Rain(mm) is calculated? From the plots, looking like bar graphs, it seems to be the accumulated rain in mm over a certain time period. But the values do not seem to make sense with the corresponding values of Rain Rate in mm/h. I get a time period of 3.6 min for rate data over one day. The rate data correspond correctly to my original WeatherCat data.
    I would think that the accumulated rain added up over a period of 24h would be a more useful plot.

    Regards, Irving

  7. Gordon Pilcher says:

    I’ve tried everything to get my computer to link but no matter what I try it will not link the software I’m using is Weather smart my weather station is Fine Offset WH2310, I’ve turned off all firewalls which I’m not happy about I know it’s working my end. After I beginning to feel a little frustrated.

  8. Dominique says:

    Hi,
    I’m unable to get Plots curve on Firefox 45.3.0 (Linux RHEL6)?

    After selected 2 variables , 2 dates and clicked on the “View Button”, I just see a rose rectangle on the top of the page …
    Firebug says :
    POST values to https://app.weathercloud.net/plot/values
    400 Bad Request

    Post:
    device : 0578040194
    end : Invalid date
    start : Invalid date
    variables[1][] : 101
    variables[2][] : 200

    Response :
    Bad request

    Looks like javascript failed to get the 2 dates values (2016-09-01 and 2016-09-02)?
    It fails whatever date and/or variables I try .

    Thanks for your works.

  9. Michael says:

    Hello, im glad I found weathercloud because its the best looking pws site.
    When do you think we will have rapid fire updates ?

    Thanks.

  10. Michael says:

    Hello and thanks for your reply. Is there any chance we can remove the graphics for the variables we don’t use, instead of having them still showing faded on the page ? Also can we have our inside gauges showing on the public, not logged in, pages ? Thanks

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