Better mapping solution

The new maps are fully populated and are now live, in place of the original maps. The old links will probably still work if you have them stored, but they will go away eventually. I’m trying to think about how I can re-direct any attempts to access the old URLs to the new ones, but that’s not particularly straightforward.

If you’d like to add a station/WxSim site to the map you can now do this yourself. If you click on the three bar menu icon (top left of the map) twice, the ‘add new marker’ option is displayed. Click on the option and follow the instructions. The minimum information you need to add is:

  • Location of marker on the map. The map guesses your location, based on your IP address. This may be wrong though. You can move the marker around until you’re happy with it’s location. You can zoom in to position it as accurately as you want. If you don’t want to very accurately identify your home location just put the marker somewhere nearby, within a mile or so is fine.
  • Name - The name of you location/station. Please use geographic location names rather than “Chris’s weather station” because it won’t be clear where that is in the list of stations that can be displayed.
  • There’s a list of ‘template’ types. Pick the one that matches your template, e.g. pwsWD or Saratoga. If there isn’t one for your template, pick ‘Other’. If there are sufficient numbers of a different type I will add more in future. You can add your template type into the Description.
  • Country
  • Website - The link to your weather web site

There are also some other fields that you can enter if you’d like, e.g. a description of your station hardware, etc, and you can also upload images of your station. The information/images will be displayed when someone clicks on your station.

When you’ve entered the information you want displayed, click the + button to save. That puts it into an approval queue for me to look at. I’m doing it this way to avoid spammers from populating the map with rubbish.

If you’d like to add a new marker for an existing station on the map, but with extra information, e.g. description and image(s), that’s OK. Please add a brief note in the description that it’s a replacement. I’ll check for duplicates and remove old ones, but a note in the description will speed that process up. I’ll remove the note before publishing the new marker.

Unfortunately there’s no way for you to edit your own marker to add/remove information. If you need to edit your marker, either add a new one or send me a PM with the information you want to change and I’ll edit it for you.