New Nowcast and return of Geosatellite
2 October 2020
Nowcast 2.0 beta
After the very successfull update to our Locationforecast service, we have now upgraded Nowcast to a similar modern spec. New features include:
- a new JSON format, very similar to Locationforecast
- radar precipitation coverage extended from only Norway to include Sweden, Finland and Denmark (currently only northeastern parts)
- real-time corrected temperature forecasts for the whole MEPS area, see the data model documentation
While some parts are still missing (documentation, JSON Schema, radar data for the rest of Denmark) it is currently useable enough that you can familiarize yourself with the new data format and start upgrading your clients. Currently we do not have any estimate for how long the current 0.9 version will be supported.
After having been unavailable for two years due to licencing issues, we have finally resolved the situation. Unlike previously when only a small subset was available, we are now able to offer you the whole range of EUMETSAT image products under the CC BY 4.0 license.
With over 4000 different images at any one time this also means that the complete available list is very large and may result in timeouts. We therefore urge you to filter this on your specific requirements, e.g. area, type and size.
Future works in progress
We are currently working on updating our Oceanforecast service to the new JSON standard. We have also started on a new project for improving our map services (as seen on Yr.no). During our cooperation with the University of Oslo we have gotten valuable feedback from students regarding map integrations on mobile app development, but we are also very interested to hear from web developers what kind of maps you would like to see and which protocols and formats you would like to see supported.
If you have any feedback, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Map feature requests”. We will later collate this and use for planning new map products which hopefully should be available next year.