Our weather radar has been enhanced again! Not only have more countries been added to the list of those where the radar has been implemented (you can easily recognise it by light-gray circles on the darker map background), but there are some really exciting improvements: flashing icons representing real-time lightning strikes, and even thunder sound effect!
Therefore, this popular feature has a brand new name: 'Radar, lightning'. Please note, although the radar and the lightning radiolocation are both integrated into one overlay, they work independently of each other; they have different data sources and a slightly different map coverage. However, on this feature, they share the timeline occurrence; you can display them together as an animation in the time course of 12 hours to 5 mins back in the past.
We are getting the real-time lightning data from a database called Blitzortnung. It is a great community project that Windy has become a contributor to some time ago. It is created by weather fans who buy and install their own lightning detectors, and build a free creative commons map of real-time lightning strikes. These have been integrated just on the web version so far; but iOS and Android apps will follow soon.
Do you want to help? Blitzortung is currently looking for new contributors in Africa to improve the coverage and data quality. If you have any comments or ideas on how to contribute, you can contact us here.
Check out this awesome video presentation:
Moreover, we have improved the layout of the 'Points of interest' (POIs) on your quick menu (bottom right corner of the screen), which is alternatively called 'Display on map' in the mobile version. From left to right (or in the mobile version: from top to bottom) you can see the icons of these POIs:
My favourites, Forecasted weather, Reported wind, Reported temperature, Airports, Webcams, Paragliding spots, Kite/WS spots, Tide forecast, or Empty map. In the PC version, you can choose from 2 to 7 POIs-related layers that you will have at hand. For more than 7 options, you need to click 'More layers' and display any on the map – with or without adding them to your quick menu.