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.

  • 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 resolution as you zoom in for more detail or zoom out for an overview.

  • To zoom in and out use the plus and minus zoom controls on the map, your mouse wheel, or the trackpad on your laptop.

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

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

  • By clicking on the forecast resolution you can view the maps at different resolutions.

  • The higher the resolution, the more accuracy and detail of 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.

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