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Frequently Asked Questions


These are some common questions that people have asked. If you don't find the information you are after please contact us.

1. How do I read the arrow sensor?
2. Does it work on all computers?
3. I donít have Macromedia Flash, what do I do?
4. Will there be a non-flash version?
5. When will more sites be added?
6. Future enhancements and improvements
7. How do I use the service?
8. What information do I get as part of the service?


1. 

How do I read the arrow sensor ...isnít it going the wrong way?

A common question ...simply put, the arrow represents a real wind vane blowing into the wind and thus does not directly show the wind direction. This may sound strange but since almost all weather stations point into the wind, then it was appropriate to have our virtual sensors doing the same thing. It also makes reading the dial easier as all you have to do is read directly off the display to get the conditions. That is, a medium sized arrow pointing NW, means that the wind is NORTH WESTERLY and the size of the arrow represents the strength eg big arrow, big wind.

The other piece of information to be displayed in the arrow, is the colour. The colour of the arrow represents the outdoor temperature at that location. Dark blue for freezing cold changing to bright Red for stinking hot.

  • Arrows change SIZE to represent WIND STRENGTH
  • Arrows change COLOUR to represent TEMPERATURE
  • Arrows change DIRECTION to represent DIRECTION

Examples:

Northerly wind Means that it is a nice gentle breeze from the north and will be in the 20ís.
Southerly wind Means a big cold nasty southerly is blowing.

2. Does it work on all computers?

We have utilized Macromediaís Flash technology to give us the ability to do cool things with the information and to make it as dynamic as possible. We have tested it successfully on Apple, Wintel and Linux machines, Netscape and Internet Explorer. It does use a bit of processing horsepower but most machines these days have no problems.


3. I donít have Macromedia Flash, what do I do?

Basically, no flash - no service. Macromedia Flash is a FREE download so go and get it from http://www.macromedia.com/software/flashplayer

Hint: there is a version for most operating systems but check on your system first as it should also have been installed during the standard installation of your computer.


4. Will there be a non-flash version?

Not at this stage, you just can?t get the cross platform functionality AND market penetration without some sort of plug-in. Last time I checked at Macromedia 98.3% of all web machines can view information created in Flash so it would seem that not having it puts you in a minority.


5. When will more sites be added?

We add sites as the interest and viability stacks up as of April 2005, we have 68 locations and are ready to begin on adding more.


6. Future enhancements and improvements

We add sites as the interest and viability stacks up as of April 2005, we have 68 locations and are ready to begin on adding more.

However...we are working on two new versions. One will be for running directly on your PC desktop which will mean that you won't be dependant on the browser, and the other one will be for the new type of cellphones.


7. How do I use the service?

The objective of this site is to give you the quickest and simplest way of viewing the current wind conditions. We have designed the arrows to change size for the wind strength, they change from dark blue colours for cold right through to bright red for hot conditions, and finally the point into the wind to tell you what the wind direction is. We had to make a choice which way the arrows should go, and the basis of our choice was a straight reflection of the wind reading. i.e. a northerly wind, is a northerly reading on the compass, and technically has a northerly bearing associated with it.

Later on, you will see why this will be more relevant, as it's only an issue because we have the sensors on a New Zealand map. Once we make the application run on mobile phones etc, it will still be accurate.


8. What information do I get as part of the service?

The following information we provide for free on the internet is:

  • Realtime wind readings from around the country
  • Realtime temperature observations
  • latest Marine forecasts
  • National forecast updated daily from the Metservice

For our wind members we provide extra to the above are:

Hourly weather conditions that include:

  • Hourly Forecast wind information for 48 hours. Updated every 6 hours.
  • Forecast Temperature for 48 hours. Updated every 6 hours.
  • 48 trend graphs
  • Wind direction
  • Peak gust
  • Tide calcuations*
  • Barometric Pressure*
  • Humidity*

*where possible

Click here to learn how to get the information via SMS

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