Weather Underground Launches New Website WunderMap(R).com to Showcase Its Enhanced Interactive Weather Map
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Dec 05, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Weather Underground has released a major upgrade of WunderMap(R),
its popular interactive weather map, which can now be accessed via a
new, standalone website at www.WunderMap.com. In addition to an
enhanced user interface, this new WunderMap(R) version includes time
controls that allow users to view animated historical weather data.
Users can set specific dates back in time or use the search function
to view historically significant storms such as Hurricane Katrina or
Hurricane Sandy. Archived radar spans back to 1994 while significant
tornadoes can be tracked back as far as 1950. The map can also look
into the future and display forecasted weather conditions for up to
10 days, including 6 hours of radar.
WunderMap(R) uses the latest Google Maps API so that users can zoom
in to a local level and view Weather Underground's unique network of
neighborhood weather stations or zoom out to view weather patterns as
they affect a region or continent. The new user interface has been
designed to keep the navigation process as simple as possible while
also presenting the vast amount of data that users can overlay on the
map. Each layer option has its own settings menu that allows the user
to fine-tune the data they are viewing.
"WunderMap(R) is the ultimate online resource for in-depth weather
information and its many data layers provide users with an unrivalled
interactive experience," said Alan Steremberg, President and
co-founder of Weather Underground. "The new user interface makes
switching between different data layers and using the map settings
even more intuitive."
The most significant feature upgrade on the WunderMap(R) is the more
robust time bar that allows users to utilize a slide rule navigation
tool to select and change date ranges, creating custom weather
animations. In addition to selecting specific date ranges, users can
simply jump through time by adjusting the year, month, day, or hour.
Weather Underground's collection of over 1.5 million user-contributed
photographs and its network of webcams are also available as a data
layer so archived images can be viewed alongside the weather.
In time for the holiday travel season the Road Trip Planner function
of the WunderMap(R) has also been upgraded and provides detailed
weather conditions alongside road directions for both drivers and
cyclists, dependent on planned departure times. A brand new data
layer to the WunderMap is a Real Estate layer that provides flood
risk data, seismic risk, fault line locations and tsunami data for
potential homebuyers wanting to conduct thorough research.
"The new time controls of WunderMap(R) provide endless opportunities
for weather enthusiasts to interact with our data," continues
Steremberg. "WunderMap(R) is an interactive encyclopedia of weather
and we're constantly adding unique data layers."
About Weather Underground
The world's first online weather service,
Weather Underground is committed to delivering the most
comprehensive, reliable weather information possible. In addition to
providing free weather data to millions of users around the globe,
Weather Underground provides weather solutions to many of the world's
largest media companies. With more than 24,000 users contributing
local observations from personal weather stations, Weather
Underground is able to provide up-to-the-minute weather conditions
for the most finely targeted areas. Weather Underground is part of
The Weather Channel Companies and is based in San Francisco.
Launched in 2008, WunderMap(R) is the Internet's
most interactive weather map, providing users with a number of
different data layers that are plotted over the Google Map interface.
These layers include the Weather Underground network of 25,000
neighborhood weather stations, owned and operated by its loyal
userbase. Also available are the following layers: animated radar and
satellite, severe weather alerts, webcams, photographs, forecasts,
hurricane tracking, ski weather, snow powder predictor, wildfires,
river levels, forecast model data, and extreme records. WunderMap(R)
is also available as an iPad app and a version is featured on the
Weather Underground iPhone app.
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SOURCE: Weather Underground
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