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weather.net.nz Chooses Windy.com as map partner
I'm excited to announce that we've selected Windy.com as our mapping partner. This post describes what that means to visitors to the weather.net.nz site.
For a long period of time, we've been looking for a way of displaying weather conditions for personal weather stations. I've personally been involved with other sites in maintaining standalone networks, and these are alot of work to build and maintain. For the weather.net.nz website this isn't our main purpose. We're more focused around education and developing an interest in all things meteorology.
However it's acknowledged that such maps do drive traffic to a website. It's convenient to come to one spot and see weather conditions in near realtime. However without operating your own network there is a loss of control in that you are at the mercy of any changes a third party may make in the future
The best solution for us was therefore to utilise one of the many networks out there that currently provide this information. For regular visitors to the site you will see we have tried a number of solutions such as Weather Underground and Open Weather Maps. Each have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Recently Windy.com implemented an API interface to allow Personal Weather Station owners to upload their data to the site. Windy.com is a well established site and it provides some great maps, and data which make it easier to support the goals of this site. I'll cover this off in a separate post at a later point. More importantly their view on data is that it by uploading it to the site, it does not become their property, which is in contrast to many other similar services.
For those who are technical the API is provided on the windy.com site. However luckily there are some clever people out there who have written a more user friendly interface. I'm going to write instructions on how you can do this, and you can find these in the links below:
- Weather Display - Upload your data to Windy.com
Once you are uploading your data to Windy.com, give it a few hours and you will see it on the weather.net.nz map. You may need to zoom in to see your details.
Don't forget that if you need somewhere to upload your data, we can arrange that for free - well, for the cost of signing up to the weather.net.nz website. Details can be found here.
It is important to note that this isn't any formal commercial or non commercial relationship between Windy.com and weather.net.nz. We've just chosen to push people towards the windy.com service as that's the map solution we are implementing on this site.
If you have any questions feel free to post them in the comments section below