WIWX 5.3 is in development! The time away gave me a chance to rethink some things. I've delayed storm chasing logs and video archive. Working instead on many new maps. New graphs. New forecasts. New home page. Adjustments to many pages to make using them more intuitive and useful. Getting historical data closer to being useful. Removing the weird stuff that has no purpose plus fixing a bunch of small things here or there. But most important to me is trying to understand WHY and HOW someone should visit our website. Please let me know if there is anything you would like to see added and I'll do my best!
Wow it's been awhile! Hard at work on video projects. Took some time tonight to send through a website update. A few new things, a few bug fixes. Our blog was totally down for the last 30 days so it really wasn't an option. I rebuilt mapping scripts so I can create new visuals more frequently. Rebuilt historical observation data files, still testing. Want to do more with this. Repaired issue with not all warnings flowing through. Thinking about forecast graphics. Many things i have implemented before the new website.
Warnings and warning emails have been disabled again
Interesting feature on satellite I've never seen before. The surface cold front is located close to the arrow but it has a "shadow" to the east. It cannot be the cold front. Perhaps it is related to the cold front; sign of upwelling in the lower atmosphere? Maybe it's a fold at the 925-850mb level coincident with a wind shift? It's got perpendicular wave patterns north of La Crosse. Cool!
Wow. August was much quieter than June and July. Not much in eastern Wisconsin during August either though I did get out there once or twice. I'm thinking the season is done now but hoping for one more chase.
The last legit storm chase I was on was July 25th in eastern Minnesota. Not a single chase in August.
Feeling more like October lately.
Cool clouds moving through
Nearly finished with update 5.1 which will bring the return of email alerts and improvements in warning information throughout the website. Storm reports back to 2004, improved blog, redesigned home page, removal of the news page, bug fixes and more. Still technically in storm chase season so not getting too carried away. The time was now for most of the changes. Chase summaries still an update away. Thinking about leverage some of the data we already have to create new features.
I'm not chasing yet but will get out there once it gets closer
Expect to see the most unprecedented level of sensationalism surrounding the Texas Hurricane. Heavy rain is a key indicator of man made global warming according to folks who believe in that sort of thing. Part of the agenda is to drill it into lay audience's head that it's never happened before. Major hurricanes have impacted this area of the country many times throughout recorded history. The only thing that changes is our sensitivity to it via societal changes AND urbanization. 30" is a lot of rain and it's certainly significant, but "worst ever" is always relative. Don't be fooled by knee jerkers. This is a motivation for me to finish the historical data aspect of Wisconsinwx.com so we can separate sensationalism from factual reality.