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WunderMap Displays Past and Present Weather Information

Ever wondered if it was that cold or hot last year as it is this year? Then WunderMap might be your go to weather application, as it offers to take you on a ride back in weather history. All you need to do to get started is to key in a location that you want weather information for. The app displays a list of suggestions if it is not immediately clear which location you are looking for. Once you hit enter or select one of the suggestions from the menu, you will see the app zoom in on the selected location.

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You will notice immediately that WunderMap uses Google Maps as the underlying mapping service. The zoomed in map displays weather station information by default. This includes the temperature and wind strength and direction, with options to switch to dew point / humidity or precipitation instead. A click on a weather station displays all available information, plus forecasts.

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Additional weather related information are selectable on the right. From severe weather and satellite imagery to webcams, traffic or storm reports. All that it takes to enable the new layers is to check an item to have it displayed on the map. Most offer options to change data sources or display different kinds of information on the map.

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One interesting option is available with a click on the clock icon next to the selected location. Here you can go back in time (hour, day, month or year) for information about the weather location at a specific date and time in history.

You can furthermore select future dates (in the day range) to see weather forecasts on the map.

The different layers, and the ability to go back in time, make WunderMap an interesting service. It is usually not something that you would go to to get a weather report though. The service has its specialized uses, you can for instance pull past data from holiday locations to see how the weather conditions have been during your planned stay.

Some layers are only available if you are displaying a location in the United States. You can check out Wundermap here.

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Comments

  1. Crodol said on February 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm
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    Nice one! Thanks

  2. Jim said on February 8, 2012 at 12:05 am
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    Thanks for the article. Weather Underground is my “go-to” weather site. They come up with cool toys like this on a fairly regular basis. They also have the best tropical weather information of any site I’ve seen. Definitely worth a bookmark.

  3. Joe said on February 8, 2012 at 1:10 am
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    Like you said, this is interesting, but might not be all that useful, except in particular cases. For visual presentation of past, present, and forecast weather, Weatherspark puts it to shame. You can see a vast amount of data that at once, in intuitive formats. The ease with which you can zoom out and in along the timeline makes it fun to explore past weather and averages and records. The control over the timeframe of the radar display is unparalleled: you can easily loop images from the past 1 to 120 hours and control the rate those images are displayed.

    I used to check different sites depending on whether I wanted to see the radar, hourly, or long-term forecasts. Weatherspark has replaced them all.

    http://weatherspark.com

  4. Crodol said on February 8, 2012 at 9:04 am
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    WeatherSpark looks good as well…

    Btw, for Europe, I like to look at
    http://www.meteocentrale.ch/de/wetter/profiwetter/temperatur/europa.html
    to see how the Sibirian cold air is having it’s grip on the continent during the coldest winter period in about 10 years.

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