How to use Maps
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Written by Jon Bilger
Updated over a week ago

Maps are a great way to view how the weather pattern develops across a region. Resolutions and formats can be selected from the menu below the maps.

  • Choose the map type you want to view from the left menu bar. All the maps in PredictWind are controlled using the same navigation layout.

  • Model, resolution, display type and animation speed are all controlled in the pop-out box opened by clicking the model button.

  • Click on the model button, select the model you wish to view, and change other map options.

  • You can view the maps at different resolutions by clicking on the forecast resolution.

  • The higher the resolution, the more accurate and detailed the forecast.

  • You have the choice of 3 different formats to view the wind maps and rain maps; all formats use coloured wind speed gradients.

  • Streamlines is a popular style that shows wind in an animated format.

  • Wind barbs give a more technical view.

  • Black arrows show direction and give a nice indication of spatial resolution.

  • You can control the animation speed to your liking using the speed settings.

  • At the 50 & 100-kilometre resolution level, you will see the pressure contours when you are on the Wind barbs or Arrows view. This will help identify high and low-pressure systems.

  • The maps can be viewed as a single model display or a split screen to compare two models at a time; use the toggle button to switch between the views.

  • Maps can be animated by pressing the play button, using the forward and back arrows or sliding the control bar.

  • All maps can be zoomed and panned to view the incredible detail in the high-resolution forecasts. The map will automatically change the resolution as you zoom in for more detail or zoom out for an overview.

  • Use the plus and minus zoom controls on the map, or scroll in or out on your mouse to zoom in and out. Pinch, tap, and drag to zoom and pan on a tablet.

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