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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!

Meteo·Mobile by aviador turns two

When we started back on July 12th 2006 there was nothing similar to Meteo·Mobile.
Almost no one had a data plan for the cell phone. Those who had GPRS where paying high prices for traffic.
Blackberry was probably the first company not only to understand that users where going mobile, but to really do something about it.

The company I worked for gave me one such blackberry. I was amazed by the fact that you could actually browse the internet in such a small device. I had fallen for Its high contrast screen.

Computers and gadgets are one of the things that have always thrilled me. The other is aviation.

Flying is such a beautiful thing. It is when you imagine how it would be, and it is even better when you finally discover.
There are dangers though. You have to be proficient and thorough. And you need to know the plane’s limitations and your own.

When you begin flying, one of the first things that catch your atention is the weather. I can remember very well the light rain on the day that I had to fly my first solo cross-country trip. Wow, did that innocent rain look threatening!

Before flying, I always went to the weather station in my airfield asking for the latest METAR report of my departure, destination, alternative and enroute airfields. But, what if the destination airport didn’t have a weather station? What would happen when I was to return?

But I had a blackberry!
There HAD to be something out there! Internet is SO BIG. And there wasn’t, or I couldn’t find it.
I did find some things. I found an e-mail address where you could send code that would be interpreted by a server and, in return, if the code was right, you’d get an e-mail for each METAR or TAF requested.

That was AWSOME. I recall my pilot friends getting together near the mobile device before departing to watch the latest METAR.

But it had its problems. When you traveled to a different destination, you had to change the code. You also had to know the ICAO designator of the aerodromes you would query in advance. Sometimes the response would take a couple of minutes, other times it would take a lot more than that. And you know, there is a limit to the time you can ask your pilot friends to stand by your mobile device while the info arrives.

There HAD TO BE something better! I kept searching, googling, asking… with no luck.
Even though there where plenty of sites that would give such sort of information, none of those would display decently in my blackberry or any other similar device.

What if we made something? Was that doable?

Impossible is not in my dictionary.

At first, I started playing around with HTML. I made a very simple html page that would be in my desktop and show the information related to my home field. That was NEAT!

If that could be done, why stop? I got a hosting plan and uploaded that very simple page. And it’s still there. But it has changed. Or even more, It hasn’t stopped changing and growing.

In these years, www.aviador.es has had over 70,000 different pilots get over HALF A MILLION METAR reports through over ONE MILLION pages.

Google problably does that in a millisecond, but that’s not bad at all, specially if you consider the growth is exponential.

We are thankful for your time and patience.
A special thanks go to those of you who participated giving your opinion