When I started flying further than local, I often found myself far from a local weather forecaster or a PC where I could get real time weather information such as METARs or TAFs, surface maps, satellite images and the like.
I thought it would be nice to be able to get it in my blackberry. I first found an e-mail address where you could send an e-mail with the name of the field you were interested in, and in return you’d get the METAR for that field. Often, it would take longer than expected to get the response. Also, METARs are fine, but you usually need some ENROUTE information as well.
There are some very nice weather related websites, but usually they will not show fine on such a small mobile device. That was when I started asking my computer-literate friends how to build something that would help me out.
With the help of a lot of people, I started building something that has kept improving based on your comments and suggestions. I thank you for that.
Today, Meteo·Mobile has plenty of information:
- A database with over 12.800 fields from 233 countries with their GPS coordinates and ICAO and IATA codes
- A link to help you see Google Maps for Mobile for those fields, and up to 9 other nearby alternates
- METAR, long and short TAF for any field with a local meteorologist
- Images such as:
- IR Satellite imagery
- Water Vapour Satellite imagery
- Enhanced Satellite imagery
- Stüve diagrams
- Rainfall Radar imagery for Spain, France and UK
- Surface Analysis for Europe
- 24 hour forecast for Europe
- Icing probability maps for Europe
Images in this site usually contain date and time. Make sure you check them out, or you might be reading obsolete information. Often, your mobile browser will load a cached image (specially if you got it earlier the same day), Refresh your page (R key in the blackberry) to make sure you get the latest.
When an image is heavy (expensive if you pay by traffic), it is marked with ” >> ”
I encourage you to take the advice of a professional local forecaster… I am not.
Use this site AT YOUR OWN RISK. I will not accept ANY liability for the contents or the decisions a PIC takes based on them.
I first developed this site for my own use. Then my friends started using it, all of us from a mobile device.
When I saw that the site was also visited from PC’s, I didn’t hesitate to put some Google AdSense advertising which prints only if you use a (bigger screen) PC.
Your visits are very much welcome, they encourage me to keep improving the site.
Don’t hesitate to tell your friends about it.
And let me know ways of improving it. You can do so through this link.
Thank you and Blue skies!