Widgets & Inversion Forecast(Added on November 1, 2013)
We are pleased to announce that we have added more functionality to the widgets in the left content bar of the page. You will now be able to add and remove the widgets that you would like, as well as organizing them in the order you want.
New Site Launch(Added on September 30, 2013)
We at the Utah Climate Center are excited to announce the release of our updated website. We have made many changes to improve your experience while visiting the Utah Climate Center. Click on the items below to learn more about the new features.
More Mobile Friendly
The site has been redisigned to work better on a mobile device. It's not set up as a mobile site yet, but some features are easier to use now. The weather widget can be tapped to open the forecast and tapped to close it. You are also able to get around the site better by tapping on bigger icons and links. The content is spaced apart more to allow easier access to both mobile and desktop devices.
Enhanced Weather Element
The new weather element will always be on the left side of the screen, so no matter where you go on the Utah Climate Center website you will be able to see up to date temperatures and forecasts at a glance. You will also be able to see a heat and freeze alert right on the weather widget. This changes based on the current temperature.
You can also hover your mouse over the weather widget and it will display a 5 day forcast as well as period of record data and more current condition details. The forecast shows the high and low for that day and an image of what the conditions could be like. You will be able to hover your mouse over an image and it will display the weather condition. This can also be done on the main weather element picture.
We have added a news element that will provide you with quick access to the newsletter and other important Utah Climate Center news. to access the newsletter, simply click on the article you want to view and it will download the newsletter PDF file. If you want to look for a specific article, you can click on the view all button at the top and you will be taken to a page containing a list of all the available articles.
The new conversions tool allows you to perform conversions on the same page as the data, rather than having to open up a new window to convert data. It will appear on the left bar and is very easy to use. To start a conversion simply select the conversion type. change the units according to your needs, and type the number in the first box. The tool will automatically display the data in the converted units.
Mass downloads (Account Required)
Due to numerous requests, we have created a feature that allows you to download climate data for entire geographic regions. If you need to download larger datasets for entire regions, rather than having to download each station individually, you can now choose to sign up for access to the massive download page and get all of the stations in one zip file. Currently these datasets are only available from GHCN and ISD-Lite for the 50 United States. If you need other datasets, you may submit a request using the form on the page and we will look into compiling the data. You must create an account to access the mass download page. You can sign up here.
The Utah Climate Center is proud to announce the release of the research page. The research page provides access to all of the research papers, conferences, etc. written or collaborated on by the Utah Climate Center staff. The publications are organized by year for quick access, with collapsible categories to make finding the article you are searching for as easy as possible. We have also included a search feature to allow you to jump quickly to any specific publication by topic. You can easily change the order of the display from yearly to alphabetical to aid in your search.
Improvements to the Map
The Climate Center's map now has some additional features added to it. You will notice that there has been a change to the legend. We have made it possible to turn on and off the different layers of the GHCN network by selecting the checkbox next to the station. The default layer that is turned on is the first layer in the list which is shown in the left image above. The right image shows that the COOP stations have been selected and are now displayed on the map along with the GHCN stations.
We also added the show Inactive stations option to the legend. The image above on the right shows what it looks like when you select the "Add Icactives" checkbox. The inactive stations have a red dot on them to indicate thier status.
Normally the legend only showed up when the GHCN network was selected, but since we added it to the legend it will now show up in every view. This is shown in the image on the top left above. The legend can also be minimized by selecting the arrow on the top right, which will shrink the legend to a box shown in the image on the bottom left.
We have observed that some downloads have been taking long periods of time to get the data from our system ready to download. We have fixed that problem by offering faster downloads in .CSV format ,which has decreased our download time to be no more than 10 minutes. Unfortunately, we had to remove the Excel download option for this to work, so for the time being we will only be offering the .CSV file format.