Prior version was more like the Google Earth "Round" i.e. CIRCULAR ROTATIONAL VIEW. Provided a 'look down' at the planet from a North POLAR VIEW or a 'look up' from the South Pole.
This testing version SEEMS TO BE an "Equatorial - Swipe" style. REALLY DON'T LIKE it. Too linear & constricting. Does really show HOW the Polar Cells generate weather and how it flows around the planet. (Sorry - don't have the meteorological terms) The Planet is 'circular' in a dimensional sense & not flat, linear like a cell phone screen :) Or, hmmm... maybe the Flat Earth Society is right.
Maybe for those with small cell phones etc the 'swipe' is helpful but for those of us using large monitors or larger tablets etc it is an impediment to the over-all view of 'reality' :)
Using the Circular - Rotational POLAR VIEW view those of us in higher Latitudes (for example) can rotate the planet 'under us' - which means we can LINE UP THE LONGITUDE grid for a more realistic view of our locations and weather pattern ANGLES of approach.
Have attached a screenshot from the non-Beta WTV which shows how I can position the North Pole and swing planet around so as to place the Aleutian Islands for example - in a more realistic location and thereby SEE the way the wind really IS hitting the Island. MAKES a lot more sense to me to see it this way.
While I may intellectually KNOW the wind is hitting from the SE (and can feel it slam into the house) to SEE it this way on the screen - MAKES it MAKE more SENSE.
What I am trying to say is - I can look at my monitor, line up NORTH to MY north and SOUTH to MY south and then compare with the wind or snow or rain or whatever is showing on the screen.
That presents me with a greater scope of comprehension of HOW the weather flows past where I live and how where I live - affects the wind patterns elsewhere. I'm using WindyTV as a tool for understanding weather and how Birds (for example) function in it. Knowing which way the wind will flow, what the air pressure is or will be etc., gives me a heads up for tracking Eagles and Ravens and other birds here. Also helps keep track of winter storms hitting the beaches etc., and what the 'micro-climate wind' may pick up stuff and blow it around or...
This is an AWESOME TOOL! Have learned a LOT by using it. I am boggled at the detail you have in this Beta Version!
REALLY Hope having a "POLAR VIEW" - a rotational view instead of just a swipe view is possible.
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