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meteostat | Weather History and Climate Averages

Postby Christian » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:45 am

Hey guys,
My name is Christian. I’m a student from Germany and I’d like to get your feedback for a website I’ve created. Besides, to all Canadians reading this: I've travelled six months from Toronto to Vancouver last year and I'm in love with this country. You guys are very friendly and helpful, amazing people! :)

The project I'd like to introudce you to is called meteostat (available in English: https://www.meteostat.net) and provides weather and climate statistics for thousands of places worldwide. I developed this project because I wanted to offer people a simple platform for querying meteorological statistics. So far I’ve already realized some of my goals. But there is still some work that has to be done. In order to improve meteostat I wanted to reach out to you guys so I get an idea of how other people think about the project.

I have a few questions:

1. As I’m not native in English: Are there any mistakes regarding to my language and the vocabulary used on meteostat that could mislead users?
2. Currently, I’m using metric units for users from all countries but the United States, Belize, Bahamas and Cayman Islands for which I set the default unit system to imperial (°F). Are there any other countries (e.g. Canada, Australia) where people prefer imperial units?
3. How do you like the User Experience?
4. Which data do you miss?
5. Would you use meteostat as a source for weather and climate statistics?

It’s my goal to create a database which provides detailed weather statistics for as many places as possible. Furthermore, I want to focus on the provision of real time data – so people can check on yesterday’s averages and records. Currently, statistics are mainly based on data provided by NOAA’s GHCN, METAR reports and statistics published by the official weather administration of Germany. The data provided by these organizations is quite detailed, but it takes a few months till they update their datasets. Because of those delays I want to create my own statistics using hourly weather observations (probably SYNOP data).

I’m thankful for your hints and any feedback.

Christian

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stuffradio
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Re: meteostat | Weather History and Climate Averages

Postby stuffradio » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:07 am

Hallo Christian. (My heritage is German)

Normally I don't approve posts for website feedback from people who have not posted yet, but I made an exception this time since it's weather related. It appears the data from Germany is different than the data from Environment Canada.

1. I'd have to get back to you on this after using it more than just taking a glance.
2. In Canada we use celsius for temperature, mm for rain and cm for snow.
3. If possible, when you hover over the graph bars, it would be nice for it to show the actual value. For example, if the average temperature is between 13 and 14 C, it would be nice for it to show the exact value when you hover over the bar.
4. Not sure yet.
5. Possibly!

Will be interesting to see what others say!

Christian
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Re: meteostat | Weather History and Climate Averages

Postby Christian » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:20 am

Hi stuffradio,
Thank you very much for approving my post. Climate averages are based on the WorldClim project (http://worldclim.org/) as I wanted to ensure high coverage for all countries. Additionally, I join staistics provided by some weather administrations (currently only US and Germany) if available. Nevertheless, there should be no significant deviation between meteostat and Environment Canada data.

Regarding to #3: Good point, I'll add this

Thanks for your opinion :)

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Typeing3
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Re: meteostat | Weather History and Climate Averages

Postby Typeing3 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:51 am

Sounds like a great idea! It's often very hard to find historical weather online for other cities around the world.

One centralized location that has all the info for many places around the world would be a great help to everyone. :)
East Coquitlam. Elevation 25m(80ft).

Spring/Summer 2018
Last freeze: April 2 (-0.8C)
First 15C: March 11 (17.9C)
First 20C: March 12 (21.4C)
First 25C: April 24 (25.3C)
First 30C: May 13 (30.8C)
Hottest Temp 2018: 31.3C (May 14)


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