Weather forecast: also show rain and cloud probability

Georg D shared this idea 3 years ago
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According to http://help.locusmap.eu/topic/where_the_weather_is_taken_from the weather forecast of http://www.worldweatheronline.com is used. There, also rain and cloud probability are provided. Both are very interesting for outdoor activities: Rain makes paths slippery, you shall take your umbrella/GoreTex... but the perception amount is not telling much without probability (5mm at 15% is quite different to 2mm at 95%). High cloud probability in alpine terrain has implications on temperature, is a first indicator for thunderstorm / lightning probability,...

Could they please be shown in Locus' weather forecast? And if it's no big deal, please also visibility - if we can see only 2km far it's not that interesting to climb a mountain with wide panoramic view, so we would "reserve" that mountain for a "clearer" day and instead choose a tour with other features like interesting flowers or caves.


BTW: Yes, I could use a separate weather app to get this information, but daily copy & paste the coordinates of all potential tours from Locus to the app is not really my favorite way to spend my evenings during vacation ;-)

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I agree that the locus weather forecast is a very good tool for planning the tour of the day. But there still is an inconsistency in presenting the rain data, which could / should be improved:

The daily forecast shows the daily total rainfall in mm - fine. The detailed weather forecast of the day has three hour steps: fine for temperature, but the rain is given for only the hour displayed in mm. You might miss significant precipitation in the two hours in between. Stepping through the graphics shows that the hourly data is available for all single hours. But this way it is quite hard to retrieve it.

My proposal: give the rainfall with a unit including the time span, like on the daily screen in X mm/day , in the 3 hour steps either with X mm/3h (as the sum of the following three hours) or X mm/h (as the average of the following three hours). In addition a graphic representation (blue blocks per hour with the hourly rain forecast) together with the red temperature curve would be quite intuitive. The rain probability could be shown by the colour intensity of the blue rain blocks.