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#1341328 - 17/09/2015 14:53 New feature - Weatherzone Layers
Andrew Miskelly Offline
Weatherzone Webmaster

Registered: 15/11/2001
Posts: 3147
Loc: Mittagong, NSW
Hi folks,

We're preparing a new tool for our Pro subscribers (initially) and thought it worth giving forum users an early look.

Weatherzone "Layers" is a spatial data viewer which allows you to overlay data from various sources and, of course, zoom and pan to your heart's content.

Data available includes:
  • Composite radar
  • Weatherzone Total Lightning
  • Satellite (will transition from MTSAT to Himawari-8 within the next few weeks)
  • Forecast models (currently GFS, ACCESS-G, ACCESS-R and ACCESS-C)
  • Observations

Also included is a viewer for NASA's EOSDIS imagery (MODIS etc.).

If you're a Pro subscriber, please go ahead and try it out. http://www.weatherzone.com.au/layers/

For people who don't use the main Weatherzone site so much but are interested, a free 30-day trial of Pro is available.


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#1341331 - 17/09/2015 15:03 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
DaveM Offline
Meteorological Motor Mouth

Registered: 21/05/2001
Posts: 9379
Loc: Bathurst NSW about 700 m asl
Nice stuff AM smile

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#1341341 - 17/09/2015 16:00 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
Remy Offline
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Registered: 28/02/2015
Posts: 198
Loc: Mulgrave (SE Suburbs), Melbour...
Awesome! smile

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#1341535 - 20/09/2015 08:50 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
ozone doug Offline
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Registered: 06/11/2006
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Yes i really like the layers and zoom. Its Nice Andrew.
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#1341603 - 21/09/2015 09:11 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
teckert Offline
Weatherzone Moderator

Registered: 27/05/2001
Posts: 17456
Loc: NE suburbs, Adelaide, South Au...
Andrew, this is fantastic! Thank you!

Any possibility of incl the full range of the EC forecast model on there?

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#1341687 - 22/09/2015 17:06 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
Andrew Miskelly Offline
Weatherzone Webmaster

Registered: 15/11/2001
Posts: 3147
Loc: Mittagong, NSW
We'll get the limited range of EC data that's on the main site in there before long but the "full range" is extremely expensive and we've never yet managed to come up with a way of being able to afford it.

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#1341695 - 22/09/2015 18:47 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
Petros Offline
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Registered: 30/12/2002
Posts: 6389
Loc: Maffra, Central Gippsland, Vi...
Love the new features. Maintaining good value for money imo.

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#1341698 - 22/09/2015 19:39 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
Ben Quinn (BSCH) Offline
Weatherzone Addict

Registered: 23/06/2001
Posts: 2987
Loc: Caboolture, ~45km north of Bri...
This looks and works great!!! Nice job. The new high resolution satellite imagery will look awesome in this.

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#1341717 - 23/09/2015 07:39 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
Colin Maitland Offline
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Registered: 01/09/2009
Posts: 2202
Loc: North Brisbane ( Bracken Ridge...
Excellent, looking forward to it, thanks for the hard work that goes into WZ.
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#1341726 - 23/09/2015 10:55 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
Aikhme Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 16/11/2014
Posts: 58
Loc: South Australia
Oh thank you for the hard work and excellent product and service. Looks fantastic.

Love Weatherzone.


Edited by Aikhme (23/09/2015 10:55)

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#1341834 - 24/09/2015 19:38 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
Aikhme Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 16/11/2014
Posts: 58
Loc: South Australia
Just some feedback.

I am really enjoying the functionality of the forecast model layers, in particular the Totals, Cape and Lifting Index.

Hopefully, WZ are able to introduce 7 day forecast models.

The only thing I find lacking are detailed Skew-T diagrams which we can get from BSCH.

But pretty good and very impressed I got to say.

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#1342517 - 01/10/2015 14:19 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
Willoughby Offline
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Registered: 10/05/2003
Posts: 986
Loc: Darwin NT
Himawari looks great on here - amazing work guys!!

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#1344399 - 20/10/2015 18:25 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
Petros Offline
Meteorological Motor Mouth

Registered: 30/12/2002
Posts: 6389
Loc: Maffra, Central Gippsland, Vi...
Just a minor request: - could the location of E Vic towns of Orbost and Cann R please be added to the Vic maps? (eg. VicRadar).

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#1349135 - 17/11/2015 21:05 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
jimbo Offline
Cloud Gazer

Registered: 16/03/2012
Posts: 31
Loc: Broome
Love the layers, but is there a Tab to overlay road networks?? or have I missed something?

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#1349775 - 23/11/2015 12:11 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
Andrew Miskelly Offline
Weatherzone Webmaster

Registered: 15/11/2001
Posts: 3147
Loc: Mittagong, NSW
No roads at present, but it's on the list.

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#1349899 - 24/11/2015 00:15 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
teckert Offline
Weatherzone Moderator

Registered: 27/05/2001
Posts: 17456
Loc: NE suburbs, Adelaide, South Au...
Andrew, is the option to view satpic/radar/lightning etc in previous 18 (or even 24) hours a possibility or in the pipeline?
I use this a fair bit on the actual WZ site, but think it would be very beneficial on the layers site, especially say previous 2 hours of satpics...

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#1350104 - 25/11/2015 22:20 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
Andrew Miskelly Offline
Weatherzone Webmaster

Registered: 15/11/2001
Posts: 3147
Loc: Mittagong, NSW
Hi Tim,

That's available now - hit the cog at the left hand side of the animation control bar to choose the interval etc., then either play or use the other means of temporal navigation (see the help page).

There's one snag in that radar and lightning currently only go back six hours despite the satellite perspective allowing you to choose the past 48 hours. That's on the list to be fixed.

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#1350111 - 25/11/2015 23:10 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
teckert Offline
Weatherzone Moderator

Registered: 27/05/2001
Posts: 17456
Loc: NE suburbs, Adelaide, South Au...
ahh thanks!

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#1350112 - 25/11/2015 23:30 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
seaeagle2323 Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 13/11/2006
Posts: 448
Loc: Melbourne
How about metro grams like this!

https://www.windyty.com/-37.927/144.756?-37.911,145.772,9

that would be awesome!

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#1355255 - 26/12/2015 21:26 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
Things Offline
Meteorological Motor Mouth

Registered: 29/11/2009
Posts: 8400
Loc: Blair Athol, SA
Messed with it a bit today, love it grin

If I could make a suggestion though, maybe a way of setting an origin like on the original radar pages, or if you wanted to take it one step further, maybe another layer that had some basic drawing tools? Just like a pen, a few colours, rectangle tool etc, so you could mark things out. I'm aware there's tools that provide screen overlays to do this, but if you could do it in the viewer directly, it could be quite useful, and still fits with the "Layers" idea smile

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#1355687 - 28/12/2015 14:12 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
ColdFront Offline
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Registered: 29/06/2008
Posts: 17239
Loc: Wide Bay..Near the beach
Been playing with this for a couple of months now and surprised it has gone unnoticed by many. The location feature is next to useless though as it grabs your I.P. provider's address. I am not in Brisbane but that's where it tries to put me.

Looking forward to watching this feature develop.
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#1355915 - 29/12/2015 16:00 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
seaeagle2323 Offline
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Registered: 13/11/2006
Posts: 448
Loc: Melbourne
u running a vpn?

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#1358488 - 13/01/2016 13:55 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
teckert Offline
Weatherzone Moderator

Registered: 27/05/2001
Posts: 17456
Loc: NE suburbs, Adelaide, South Au...
Any chance we could get roads added as a layer please?

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#1404778 - 31/01/2017 22:59 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
Andrew Miskelly Offline
Weatherzone Webmaster

Registered: 15/11/2001
Posts: 3147
Loc: Mittagong, NSW
Yes, noted Tim. (Better late than never. blush )

A few other recent enhancements:

1. True colour visible satellite imagery is now available.

2. All four runs per day (00Z, 06Z, 12Z, 18Z) of GFS are now available, and out to +16 days.

3. There's a simple in-car/on-bike version, which is something folks can play with if so inclined. It's a bit of a test case - call it an alpha - and as such it's not currently linked from anywhere and there's no documentation.

To use it, you
* open https://www.weatherzone.com.au/layers/xms/ on your smart phone or tablet
* allow it to use your GPS location
* save it to the home screen from the browser, so that it has an icon and opens in full-screen
* set the auto screen lock to something long, or disable it
* put your device in a holder while in the car etc., and plug it in

A bit of a fiddle at this stage, but it shows radar, lightning and temperature observations against your current position which can be mighty useful.

Should go without saying: if you use this in your car, a) you must mount your device such that you're not caused to look away from the road; and b) you will use a small amount of data.


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#1404819 - 01/02/2017 10:16 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
StormCapture Offline
Weatherzone Addict

Registered: 19/12/2013
Posts: 1619
Loc: Uleybury
For a test it's really good
I tried in on chrome on my iPhone but didn't work so safari is the one to use.

This is a dream come true as we can see what we are exactly staring at on the radar and in real person when out in the field.

A suggestion with the OBS part can you see if we can change it from temp to rain, dew point and wind barb readings.

Other than that good job smile


Edited by StormCapture (01/02/2017 10:16)
Edit Reason: "t" ran away from "that"

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#1405610 - 06/02/2017 00:36 Re: New feature - Weatherzone Layers [Re: Andrew Miskelly]
Twister1 Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 30/12/2006
Posts: 492
Loc: Nundah Qld
Great feature

Love the true colour great add.

Great news re GFS getting all runs does that also occur on the models section or only on WZ layers.

Great work keep it up.
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