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Awekas Map User Manual

Map update Q4 2020

The latest update to the Awekas map brings a new set of features as well a visual overhaul. The main new feature is the overlay. With the overlay you can display interpolated values for some sensors on the stations as well as wind animations. These overlays are not only available for live data but also for the last 24 hours. For a more in-depth explanation of the new features read the guide below.


Awekas Map
Figure 1: Awekas Map
A. Info bar | B. Sidebar | C. Map | D. Overlay controls

The following manual will guide you though the new Awekas map. The general page is depicted on figure 1. The page consists of different elements: Info bar (A), map controls (B), map (C) and overlay controls (D). Note that the overlay controls are greyed out when the page is loaded because the overlay is turned off. Switch it on the make them accessible.

Notes for mobile users: The sidebar is collapsed when loading the page. To open it press the orange button on the lop left of the map. The Info bar is hidden by default to save screen space. To show it switch on the corresponding option in the settings.

General Controls

Zooming and panning the map works as you are used to with other online maps. You can click and drag (touch and drag on mobile) to pan the map and use the scroll wheel (pinch on mobile) to zoom the map. If the sidebar containing the map controls is collapsed access it with the orange button on the top left corner of the map.

Figure 2: Search function

The map is primarily controlled with the sidebar (figure 1.B). The sidebar can be seen in figure 2. On very top of the sidebar are two buttons on the left side for zooming to your current location. If you have not given the browser the permission to access the location this feature does not work. The next button reloads the page with the current map position encoded in the URL. This feature is useful, when you want to save the current map position as a bookmark.

Below are the sensor buttons. By clicking on one of these buttons you can choose the sensor you want to see on the map. Available sensors are temperature, air pressure, wind speed, gust speed, daily rain, rain rate, humidity, solar radiation, brightness, snow height, dew point and UV index. Additionally the currently reported weather condition, webcams and station status (online/offline) can be displayed. Directly below are the buttons to switch between current (live) values, today's minimum and maximum.

Also in the side bar is a field to search for an location. Simply enter the name of the location to search for it.

The last entry in the sidebar is the settings button. Press it to open the settings.

Markers & Bubbles

Figure 3: Markers and Bubbles

Markers are drawn on the map for every station that has a current value for the selected sensor. Note that not every station is equipped with every sensor. The markers are color coded with it's value. The key for the color can be seen in the side bar. When moving the mouse over a marker a bubble with a short summary of the station appears.

When the overlay is activated the markers are replaced with small dots by default, when you have zoomed out. You can change this behavior in the settings. More information can be found in the settings section below.

Station Sidebar

The bubbles give some basic information at a glance. For more in-depth data you can click on a marker to open the station sidebar for this station. When opening the station sidebar any other sidebar is closed. In the sidebar the station's data and graphs can be seen. It also gives access to the stations instrument page.


Figure 4: Toggle the overlay

The overlay gives you a whole new way to view weather data on the Awekas map. When the overlay is turned on interpolated values are shown on the map.

Controlling the overlay

Figure 5: Time slider

You can switch the overlay on by toggling the "Show overlay" button on the bottom left corner of the page. On mobile, this button is located in the sidebar. Again the requested sensor is controlled with the sidebar. Note however that the overlay is not available for all sensors and only the available sensors are selectable in the sidebar.

The overlays are available for live data and the last 24 hours. To navigate through time use the scroll bar below the map in the overlay controls. The left end of the scroll bar is 24 hours ago, the right on is the current time. The intervals of the time steps can be set in the settings. The date and time of the current slider position are shown to the left of it (mobile: inside of it).

Figure 6: Overlay animation

By pressing the play button a time lapse animation is displayed. If the slider position is on the very right (i.e. present) the time lapse starts on the very right (i.e. 24 hours ago.). If the slider is somewhere else it starts at this position. Before showing the time lapse the data is buffered. Depending on the selected intervals on the time slider and your internet bandwidth this may take a while. By decreasing the temporal resolution (i.e. make the intervals bigger) less data has to be loaded and the loading speeds up.

Additional remarks

We calculated the interpolation based on stations of the Awekas network. We can only generate these interpolations for regions where the station density is high enough. Currently Europe and North America. The system is flexible however, so we can adapt these regions borders or add new regions when more stations join the network. Also keep in mind that only stations on ground and on land are part of the network. We use public temperature and air pressure data from METAR stations to enhance these two overlays.


To access the settings press the settings button in the sidebar.