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Nice improvement for the maps

Maps improved thanks to pilot comments.

Some of you had asked to see color coded icons on the map based on flight conditions at the moment.
We’ve done just that!

Now, when you visit one of our maps, you’ll see the nearby airports (alternates) icon color based on weather conditions at the time you requested the METAR.

The color code is the same as explained here.

The icons are as follows:

  • VFR flying conditions
  • Marginal VFR flying conditions
  • IFR flying conditions
  • Limited IFR flying conditions

How do you see these maps?

On the Airport Information section of every METAR page, you have the airport’s ICAO and IATA codes, the current time, its coordinates (with a link to the map), its Sunrise and Sunset times. Just below this information you have a Google map showing a satellite image of the airport (except for US users who get the SkyVector version)

Clicking on the Google map will take you to a bigger map showing the nearby alternates, now with color coded icons.
US visitors will have to use the map link  below the ICAO and IATA codes, or click on the coordinates of the airport in the same section.

We sure hope you’ll enjoy this improvement and, again, want to THANK all of  YOU for visiting us, and specially those that send us suggestions (through comments on this blog or the FeedBack form)

Metar

When you ask for a Metar, this is what you get:

metar

Above we can see the Metar itself with a couple of things that help better check that we’ve gotten what we were asking for. Name it the Date and age of the weather report. Also , if the weather report is ‘old’ we will get a red warning stating so.

Next, we get a series of links to get other Wx reports. You can get the Metar, the last 4 Metars, the Taf, All of the previous, or you can also ask for the Navigation info only.

Next, we’ll get the station’s information tha you can see here:

  • Station name and country
  • Current UTC time
  • ICAO and IATA designator for the airport
  • Links too the map and kml of the airport
  • GPS coordinates
  • Sunrise and Sunset times


Next, we’ll get the ‘Extra information‘. This a spaced reserved for pilot input; that’s where we hope that in the future you’ll find the other pilot’s advice on what to do when you go there. Anyone can use the Share your POI’s link to send us information (POI stands for Point Of Interest).
You can use that to send us:

  • Your club’s web site
  • Your favorite local FBO
  • Your local webcam

Here we have a link to all of the weather charts that include this particular airport and the Geographic information:

  • A Google map
  • A list of the nearby alternates (5 unless you specify differently in your settings)
    For each alternate you get it’s ICAO designator, the distance and true course FROM this airport.
    Also the type of alternates that you get depend on your settings. There, you can choose whether you want to see any airport or only those with weather information.

Now look at the alternate’s names.
You’ll see some are in lower case, those don’t have METAR reports. The ones in UPPER CASE do have METAR reports. And the ones underlined have extra information (supplied by other pilots).

And finally you get a form to ask for another Metar for another aiport.

About Meteo·Mobile

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
    • etc.

Important Comments:

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!