Map FAQ

Tips and Tricks

  • Pin to Windows Taskbar
    • From desktop Internet Explorer, drag the tab to the taskbar for a rich application link with Jump List:
      Pinned site for Windows 7 or 8 taskbar
  • Pin to Windows Start screen
    • From the immersive Internet Explorer, click the favorites Star and then Pushpin icon to pin the site. The live tile will flip with news an announcements from HazWx.
  • Here is a video about how to use our maps
  • AccuWeather Pro Customer? See this video! 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use my own logo?
    • Yes! Our media partners, who have a media subscription can use their own logos! If you are not a media subscriber yet, please sign up here. If you are, please format your image as Portable Network Graphics (PNG) file with alpha transparency (RBGA color) sized to 300×65.  Upload the image to any publicly-accessible location (your own server or a service like SkyDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, or others). When ready, visit the “Preferences” option on our “Interactive Weather” page, with the URL of your image, for further instructions!
  • How do I refresh the data without reloading the entire page?
    • HazWx maps refresh live as you use them. You can select the same product again to refresh the data for that product, or select another product entirely and it will refresh as well. This means you do not have to refresh the entire page like other services!
  • Why is animation slow?
    • Our images are very high resolution and thus may take a while to load. We are currently working to optimize this process and provide a better user experience.
  • How do I get a forecast soundings?
    • Forecast soundings are available for the RAP, NAM12 and GFS models. Once you have selected a product and forecast hour, simply right click on your location of interest to generate the forecast sounding. This sounding will pop up in a new window.
  • How do I share images?
    • You can share images with the share button at the top right of the map. If a user that does not have an account attempts to view your image, they will only have access to the particular image you shared, and no other data.
  • Do you have the ECMWF?
  • What browsers do you support?
    • We support the latest versions of IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. You may use these browsers on your mobile devices as well.
  • What is UTC time?
    • Here is a good link about UTC time
      • If you prefer to use AM/PM times, you can do so in the “Preferences” panel on the map.

Known Issues

  • Cannot zoom with mousewheel in IE11.
    • This was a confirmed bug in the Google Maps API that Google has been patched.
  • Displayed product image disappears during zoom animation and then reappear.
    • This is a confirmed bug in the Google Maps API. No current workarounds.
  • I found a different bug!

Change Log

  • 1 Sept 2015
    • Feature Upgrade 5
      • Drawing tools added
      • Split screen enhancements
      • HazEuro added
      • HazWRF3 to operational status
  • 13 Apr 2014
    • Feature Upgrade 4
      • New. URL generation for sharing
      • Update. AllisonHouse bug fixes
  • 9 Apr 2014
    • Feature Upgrade 3
      • New. AllisonHouse integration
      • New. Google Weather
      • Update. Changing products will default to same hour as current view.
      • Update. Shortened URL’s for Twitter Sharing
  • 26 Mar 2014
    • Feature Upgrade 2
      • New. Right click soundings.
  • 14 Feb 2014
    • Feature Upgrade 1 (see the detailed blog post about this update)
      • New. Enhanced responsive UI (resize your browser or try it on your phone).
      • New. User interface updates.
      • New. Enhanced social sharing (includes metadata about your share).
      • New. Enhanced overlay controls and opacity for layers.
      • Update. Split screen can now be controlled from both sides.
      • New. Google Traffic layer.
      • Update. Day of week (DOW) added to time formats.
      • Update. Additional preferences and settings are remembered between visits
  • 1 Feb 2014
    • Public Release 1
      • New. Added more layers, including Spotter Network storm tracker positions and live radar/GEOS visible satellite imagery.
      • New. Added option for media partners to specify a logo image (only visible for media accounts).
      • New. Verbose logging in console.
      • Update. General bugfixes and performance tweaks.
  • 16 Jan 2014
    • Beta Update 3
      • UI enhancements, updated controls.
      • New models available. RTMS model auto-selects the only valid hour if only one map is in use. If user has two maps, they must choose a map before applying image.
      • Fix. Transparency slider does not work if right map has not been initialized.
      • Fix. Page no longer scrolls up in Chrome during image loading.
  • 2 Jan 2014
    • Beta Update 2
      • New. Public crowdsourced data viewer page.
      • New. Prorated payment handling.
      • New. Synchronized dual-map view for forecast product comparison.
      • Change. No longer automatically select 0th hour on first product selection.
      • Change. No longer automatically select previously selected hour on product change.
  • 13 Dec 2013
    • Beta Update 1
      • New. Time display preference: UTC versus Local System time zone offset. Set global or only apply to forecast hour timestamps.
      • New. Forecast valid hours grouped into logical days.
      • New. Additional preferences are remembered between visits, including map style, time format, and opacity level.
      • Fix. Wrong title attribute (tooltips) in free preview mode is corrected.
      • Change. Go to Forecast Hours panel every time a product is selected or reselected (old behavior only did so if no forecast hour had yet been chosen).
      • Change. Added day separation/grouping of Forecast Hours panel.
  • 9 Dec 2013
    • Beta Release 1
      • New. TargetTracker heatmap and submission form.
      • Change. UI changes (color bar background and title).
      • New. Remember previously-selected valid hour during product changes (if hour exists).
      • New. Automatically select 0 hour on first product selection.
      • New. Display friendly date name when hovering over a valid hour button.
      • New. Option to pre-cache all product images when choosing a product.
      • New. Personal map logo available for media partners.
      • UI style updates.
      • Additional bugfixes.
  • 20 Nov 2013
    • Pre-release (alpha)
      • Google Map v3 AJAX API.
      • Limit zooming range.
      • Authenticate via WordPress directly.
      • Personal view persistence (save map zoom/position between visits).
      • Color bar display conditional to product selection.
      • Dynamic map title string (current product and timestamps).
      • Keyboard control to switch image hours.
      • UI style updates.
      • Feedback form created in preparation of beta.

 

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