Maps Guide

Sierra Kirtz
Sierra Kirtz
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Who can use this feature?

Team Admins, Standard Users

Available on all plans

The maps workflow enables you to see real-time, historical and forecast weather information all at global scale, against locations that are relevant to your business. With the map, leverage data layers, known as weather parameters, to see where those weather conditions are taking place.

Customizing the Map

The map allows you to customize your viewing experience based on display, location, and weather data layers. With these controls, you're able to curate views to present the most relevant weather information. Check out these tutorials to begin leveraging the map:

Viewing Functions

The map can be displayed in light mode, dark mode or satellite mode. In metropolitan areas, the Tomorrow.io platform can optionally render buildings in a 3D view. You can also tilt the map for a perspective, non-overhead view, which makes the 3D buildings stand out. There is a Reset View button which will re-orient the map to the standard bird's-eye overhead angle. The opacity of the 3D buildings can be controlled via the slider.

Finally, there is a TV mode, intended for display purposes such as lobbies or operation centers. When enabled, TV mode hides the map controls and only displays the map.

At any time you can use the plus or minus buttons to zoom in or out, or use your mouse to pan and zoom to particular areas of interest.

Data Layers

The weather parameters that you choose to overlay on the map can be specific to your account plan. Today, Tomorrow.io supports the following data layers and displays them on the map:

  • Dynamic wind: displays real-time surface wind direction and speed as animated wind vectors

  • Active fires: displays fires, detected from weather satellites

  • Global radar: display ground-based and satellite based precipitation information

  • Satellite clouds: display ground-based and satellite based precipitation information.

  • Real time lightning: displays live, global lighting data, both cloud-to-ground and cloud-to-cloud and populates in the platform in real-time. Red lightning icons refer to strikes that occurred less than 30 seconds ago. Yellow lightning icons refer to strikes that occurred less than 10 minutes ago. In certain situations, the Tomorrow.io platform will provide its own proprietary predictive forecast cone of where lightning strikes are forecasted to occur in the next 15 and 30 minutes

  • Severe weather advisories (US only): displays advisories, watches and warnings published by the National Weather Service. These can be filtered by category.

  • Aviation-specific overlays: display current airport conditions, live flights, navigational aids and FIR Boundaries.

It's important to note that some of these overlays are premium and may not be available in your account. For a list of core weather parameters, visit this link.  

To turn on the different layers, simply click on a data layer icon. All the various weather data overlays in the Tomorrow.io platform are displayed as colored heat maps. The percent slider scale will dictate the opacity of the data layer on the map. 0% means you will not see it, 100% means that weather data layer is most visually vibrant. 

Data Legend

The legend will display the correlation between parameter intensity and color for weather conditions according to the national weather advisory service. For instance, precipitation over 4.7 in/hr is considered an extreme weather event and will be overlayed onto the map in red. From the legend, you can also see the air quality index, which is automatically overlayed onto the map. The numbers below each weather parameter's name refer to that parameter's current value of whatever location is actively selected on the map.

Locations

Locations are data points that you want to view on the map. You can view your locations in the context of these map overlays. Although covered in the locations guide, locations displayed on the map are represented as: 

  • Points, with star icons that identify a specific pair of latitude and longitude coordinates. 

  • Polygons, represented by shapes, which represent a specific bounded area. 

  • Polylines, represented by lines, which identify a specific segment.

  • Clusters, represented as a circle with a number inside, to indicate the number of locations in that region, when zoomed out on the map.

Check out these tutorials to begin creating and managing locations from the map:

Dashboard Views

Timeline View

The weather tab shows additional data layers that can be overlayed on the map. Equally, raw forecast values for data layers are summarized below the map in the timeline view. When clicking on a specific location, or star, on the map, the timeline view will display weather data according to that location. This enables you to deactivate the weather parameter overlay, but still display the forecast timeline data below the map. The timeline is shown as either a trendline or a bar chart depending on the parameter selected.

The timeline provides minute-by-minute forecasts out to 6 hours and hourly forecasts between 4 and 14 days. Tomorrow.io also provides historical data back to 7 days. These forecast and historical time ranges vary depending on your subscription package.

Except for precipitation, only a single parameter can be overlaid on the map at a time. Meaning that temperature and humidity can't be shown simultaneously, but temperature and precipitation can. You can toggle the precipitation layer on or off by clicking the precipitation icon in the map overlay toolbar. The Trends workflow in the Tomorow.io platform does enable you to display any two parameters simultaneously. Check out these tutorials to begin creating and managing timeline views from the map:

Monitoring

Monitoring is the culmination of the Tomorrow.io platform- it  gives you a holistic understanding of the weather approaching your locations, and the actions you need to take, based on the weather parameters, or insights you care about. These insights can be grouped into an insight dashboard view, where you can see multiple insights for one location. 

The concepts of insights and the insights dashboard are covered in the Insights/Insight dashboards guide. For now, it's important to understand that the monitoring view brings in the insight dashboards onto the map page, so that you can visualize the locations tied to that dashboard on the map, against weather parameters specified in that insight.  

Tomorrow.io Tip

By going back to the monitoring view and zooming out on the map a bit, you will actually see other locations found on this monitoring view (insight dashboard). Click on the locations pins and the dashboard will transfer locations.

Checkout these tutorials to begin leveraging the monitoring view from the map:

METAR/TAF

A METAR (METeorological Aerodrome Report) is an observation and provides information about the current weather. A TAF (Terminal Area Forecast) provides a forecast for a longer period, for example 8, 24 or 36 hours. Both are prepared for aviation and contain weather information that pilots need.

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