3D option disappeared



  • Hi Marie,
    Speaking from someone who was just using the 3D option the day before it was removed, and planned on using it more, I am missing the "only option" out there to view weather patterns, climate warming etc. (as it has for the past 100++ yr.s)...in a unique way as entirely 'global'. I think you are missing the weather balloon by removing such a service based solely on level of use and development when such a view, even so infrequently utilized, will always be significantly needed and appreciated as (an eclipse) that diamond in the ruff. Presently and personally, I was using it to familiarize myself with how global land masses, large, small and fractured, interact with cloud development, water etc. as in a thinner atmosphere etc. (viewing form the North Pole down/outward) while also seeing just how inter-continental 'the world seems to shrink', and crystallize in the in the mind, and view when I 'had one'. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to express my feedback.



  • P.S. - I understand that you mentioned that Windy no longer wishes to 'develop' the 3D option, in that it most likely seemed less likely to have its place in the direction the platform plans to go; but contrarily I, as if I am important here, feel that it 'has' found It's place, maturity and use as it is, or rather was. For me it was (is) perhaps the most significant 'viewing' feature of the whole platform and deserved to be taken (link wise) out of the back drawer of the Menu, where the Help and Feedback's are and place prominently on the top shelf next to Login/Accounts. It seems to me to fully consider It's use and usefulness on an equal base to rest of the platforms features It needed to be readily seen and given as a mutual choice of view; as one has of either e.g. using Google Maps or Google Earth.
    P.P.S. - I hope this decision is not another casualty of the other platforms.
    Thanks for your listening ear...and I hope this is all I have to say on the subject.
    wwoo!



  • I must say I'm disappointed by that decision. The 3D option was very well hidden so it isn't surprising it wasn't well used. (edit: and it wasn't available on mobile)

    For properly understanding weather patterns a 3D view is way better than a flat projection that doesn't even let you see the poles. I would have thought it was a better idea to stop work on the flat projection and work on a proper 3D view instead which could then be the only view - obviously when zoomed in close it would be effectively 2D anyway.

    The current 2D projection is pretty horrible if you live in higher or lower latitudes (even for me living in the UK it gets quite confusing looking at low pressure systems passing to my north) or if you want to see arctic weather and so on (in fact it is impossible to use in that case). Windy has massive potential - if it had a working 3D view it would be easily the best and most accessible resource for so much information about our weather. As it is, it's good but has to be used alongside something like Earth Nullschool to see what is actually going on on a global scale.

    Of course I would like to than you all for your hard work in providing this valuable resource for free and you may obviously develop it in whatever direction you like! So thank you very much and I hope you will change your minds later on. After all, the world isn't going to become flat any time soon :)



  • But, we need to view a vertical overview of both pole !!!



  • Hi @marienka, actually I used to use exclusively the 3D option. I used to recommend Windy to friends and show them how to use the 3D option. I think I will use Windy much less from now on.



  • Created an account to post that the main reason I used this site was it's 3D mode. There aren't any others out there that show the wind on a Globe in a realistic setting.

    I'm taking "very little demand for it & no capacity to develop it further" to mean "Other issues we aren't airing publicly" since that's what every organization uses that boilerplate for. Bring back the globe, the world isn't flat.



  • The globe option needs to be brought back seeing how wether patterns and different kinds of gas carbon, sulferdioxid, ozone and dust move around the globe is important. People would use it more if it was shown at the top of everything else



  • @klima235
    That is the key point. Furthermore, who wants to visualise anymore the plane projection where on upper latitudes it is all distorted?



  • @marienka I was just about to suggest for a 3D view (didn't know there was such a feature). Viewing the map on a 3D projection (sphere instead of flat) gives the best understanding of the meteorological patterns IMHO.


  • Pilot

    I didn't even know that there was a 3D view, damn that would have been cool



  • I also wanted to suggest 3d mode. Can't believe it existed in the past but was removed. Current projection is really horrible for Northern latitudes and makes weather systems look disproportional. I really hope 3d will be added back at some point in the future or other type of dynamic projection will be implemented. Thank you.



  • I am very disappointed! I was always wondering if you had hidden the globe view on purpose because it would use more CPU. 3D view was the reason I was using windy (ok and the wind animation but other tools started having that one too). Finally a possibility to view world weather in its real shape. I created screenshots from poles and equator views to check if the thing with Hadley cells etc. could actually be seen in real life and it was way more chaotic but awesome. Please bring 3D view back!

    Do you need a developer? Contact me!


  • Moderator

    Can this functionality be added back as a Windy Plugin maybe?

    https://community.windy.com/topic/7017/develop-windy-plugin-to-extend-functionality-of-windy/20



  • I think thats a shame to remove the 3D option, it was the reason why I got attracted to windy.com in the first place. The weather patterns and jet streams change a lot these years in the arctic, and it is impossible to follow these changes now with the current projection because polar areas are extremely distorted. Maybe there are few users living and looking at the polar regions, however it is nonetheless areas that are very important to understand in the times of climate change. I hope you will re-consider and must say that with the 3d option disappearing windy.com is much less attractive.



  • I heard the flat earth theory is a thing this year...



  • @krnlg "The 3D option was very well hidden so it isn't surprising it wasn't well used." That's the point! Some years ago, 3D could be enabled directly on the homepage. 2D is boring. http://www.meteoearth.com is my new favourite.



  • I am very disappointed to see the 3D view option gone after silently disappearing from mobile. It was the only meaningful way to view the polar areas and now in European winter time I'll miss this resource dearly. I hope it will be back in some form but I'm not holding my breath.

    I appreciate all the work that goes into making windy.com available for free but I don't feel we're getting the whole story as to why it was removed. I was excited to see you are accepting donations but now I'm not at all sure what will be the future of windy.com and I feel I'll have to start looking elsewhere for great meteoroligical visualisations.



  • you removed the most interesting view of windy.com. Yes, your numbers may have been low only because it was so hidden. But once I found I could not get enough in watching the streams in real shape. PLEASE put it back on!



  • Didn't even realise 3D was available. What a pity.



  • Wow..I'm disappointed too. Windyty 3D was the only app I could find that used to allow me to 'chase' airflow to/from the poles when mixed with the altitude parameter. It was an absolutely amazing feature that you should have promoted over the 2D version. We are not a flat Earth society after all ! ;-) Please think about bring it back and making it easier to find. It was so hidden that most people would not have just found it. Likely the reason it was used so little. It should have been the default.


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