The most powerful aspect of the new graph is the ability to mix and match any weather station within NWAC's network without leaving the page. All of our weather station parameters are available to plot so you can compare any dataset in our network.
• Linked pan and zoom capability for all plots, with station data viewable back to 2014
• Ability to modify tools by selecting which stations and parameters to display using a station list or map interface
• Cursor position will be linked with a vertical line through all plots and display the value readout and observation time
• Users will be able to bookmark a customized plot (launching later this month)
• Option for plots to update automatically (checkbox at the bottom of the graph will refresh your browser every 5 minutes)
Where can I find the new graphs?
• A pre-selected list of weather stations are paired with the corresponding avalanche zone under the observations tab in the avalanche forecast
Legacy graphs are still available!
We'd love to see these graphs used by a wide range of users; for the backcountry skier/rider/snowmobiler deciding where to tour the next day, for avalanche professionals teaching Level 1s and 2s every weekend, to the avalanche worker making operational decisions on their local mountain.
These graphs are a solid starting point but we already have short term and long term ideas to improve the data visualization. However, we want to hear from you if you find these graphs useful and what features or improvements you would like added in the future. Please send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title "Feedback on New Weather Station Graphs". Your input will help decide how much time and resources are directed toward improving the data visualization of our weather data. This project was made possible due to the support and funding from the non-profit arm of NWAC.
Potential next steps
• More elegant method of displaying new data vs. current browser refresh method
• Intelligent Y Axis so that parameters like Total Snowdepth can show more detail when zoomed in
Weather station data disclaimer:
Remote weather stations are subject to harsh conditions and it's a fact that most weather stations will have one or more sensors malfunction or break during the course of the year. It is imperative that you do not make decisions based solely on the weather station data. The data in context to other nearby weather stations will often provide clues to whether or not the data is reliable. NWAC tries to keep maintenance notes current on top of our text tables for each station.