Disable particle animation but show wind direction
thank you very much for this great app and the constant further development. It would be great if there was an option to disable particel animation and still get a wind direction shown (e.g. via static arrows). Currently only the wind force is visible via the colors but not the wind direction.
This is especially important for laptops or mobile phones to save energy. The particle animation needs a lot of performance and doesn't always run smoothly (samsung s8, iMac Safari -- latest operating system).
Many thanks and greetings
Not a bug.
The performance is proportional to the number of particles being displayed and their length. You can get better graphics performance and efficiency via doing the following and still see the wind direction indications:
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The pictures are missing, so can't tell what the answer was, but yes, your animation is garbage. Instead of time proven, easy to read wind barbs, I have to rely on the combination of color chart and a bunch of floaters. I understand it is your selling point, but please, please, have an option to turn the barbs on.
Wind barbs are a graphical way to show both the direction and speed of wind. They were specially useful when weather maps were black printed maps.
I used wind barbs during 40 years, but finally in a modern weather app I prefer this type of wind map:
w/customised colour scale based on 5kt steps, same as wind barbs
Rather than that one:
On the first one, at a glance I can say that wind forecast in W/NW Scotland is 25kt.
Interestingly, this screenshot demonstrates that "just" freezing the animation & showing particles with their trails in static positions could be sufficient to address the performance concern, without losing the directional indication & without introducing a different visual paradigm.
I personally would use that mode to avoid my laptop fan spinning up every time I open a windy tab.