• 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?

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    @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.

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    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!

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  • Moderator Mariners - Seafarers Sailor

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


  • 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.

  • Please bring it back. My first use of Windy was in 3D and like so many others, I found it essential to a global perspective. It was unique and uniquely effective.

  • I think this is a feature that should be reintroduced. As plugins continue to be written and the ways to evolve the data into visualization - 3D is standing in your way from turning really good into great. I cannot think of another WMS browser that decided to punt 3D due to lack of demand. If it was decided on a statistical preview of the site, then I would consider possibly relocating or changing the UI to accommodate it. There are a few things actually if you're gonna go that far... Maybe increase the amount of screen by closing/fading/hiding the right bar and left bar more compact - it's huge! That's a lot of screen real estate even on a tablet which that 3D feature could once again shine... (wink wink)

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