WW2010
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Open-Ended Projects
 
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Trusting the Forecast
 
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> start up activity
 
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  culminating project
 
  analyzing results
 
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Start Up Activity
trusting the forecast project


map of surface observations


Activity Overview:
As the Internet became more and more publicly accessible, a number of corporate institutions (like Intellicast) and educational institutions (like the University of Illinois) have developed web servers that provide real time weather data to Internet users. Anyone with a computer and an Internet connection is able to connect with such a web site and access information like the latest satellite image, surface map and forecasts.

Many of the weather products available on the web are pregenerated, they are generated at preset times with preset features. The user has the ability to download these images, but has no control over what features appear on the image. Here is an example.

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has designed a visualization tool that allows the user to created his/her own customized weather maps. You have the ability to decide what features appear on the final image. Like filling out a shopping list, the user clicks on (selects) the features to be placed on the weather map, the order is sent and a minute later the custom image is returned.


Accessing Current Weather Data:
Use the Weather Visualizer ( CoVis version or the public version) to access the latest "surface observations" for Chicago, Illinois. Record the following pieces of data:
Weather:

Temperature:

Cloud Cover:

Dew Point Temperature:

Wind Direction and Speed:

Date and Time of the Image:

Here are some additional instructions on how to use the Weather Visualizer.


Additional Resources for Accessing Surface Weather Data:
Surface weather data can be accessed from many sites on the Internet. A list of weather web sites have been given below as fairly reliable sources of weather data, in case the Weather Visualizer is overloaded.



project handbook
Terms for using data resources. CD-ROM available.
Credits and Acknowledgments for WW2010.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

wx resources