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Posted 30 March 2012 - 05:04 PM

The weather forecast of mabinoger.com looks rather strange at first glance, but I came up with this structure because I believe it's the best way to display the data. There are weather tools out there which can display more information on a single page, but visually they aren't very appealing. On the other hand there are ones which look very nice, but they take up an incredible amount of space. Who likes to scroll so much, just for one little bit of information? So, here we have the best of both worlds.

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Regions
To fit multiple days on one page, we have a tab bar at the top, where you can select the region you're interested in.

Filters
After that, you have a few filtering options on the right, to find the weather you're interested in more easily.

Data
Now we're coming to the confusing part, the actual weather information.
One table displays the data of one day. The weather changes every 20 minutes (real time), so we have 72 values per day. Each column represents 1 hour of the day, and every row is 20 minutes of that hour. So if you want to know the weather at 02:30 (am), you go to the third column (02), and the second row (20) (or rather 20-39).
As soon as you wrapped your head around the concept of hour columns, and 20 minute step rows, it should be rather easy to work with this weather forecast.
Also, the timezone the forecast is using is PST, since that's where NA servers are stationed. If you're in a different timezone, don't get confused by the fact that the current weather doesn't match your local time.





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