Norway’s main broadcasting company (wholly government operated) and Norway’s meteorological institute have joined forces and produced a new website, with animated maps and stuff. It’s still in beta, but I’m finding it a rather fascinating alternative to the institute’s own pages.
I can search for my own little neck of the woods, Fyllingsdalen. I am informed that there is no other place on the planet called Fyllingsdalen, and we are part of a city. Going to Fyllingsdalen’s own weather page, I learn that the weather station is 3.2 km (2 miles) away (and so likely not even in Fyllingsdalen), and that I am located at 60°21′42″N 05°17′45″E. I also learn that today, which is Midsummer’s Eve or St. John’s Eve, I can safely leave my umbrella at home if I intend to see the bonfire in my local neighborhood.
The meteogram delivered by the institute is a simple graph, with green bars showing precipitation and a red line showing temperature, moving in a straight line between data points, and the symbols for weather at the top and time and wind at the bottom. I have found it quite accurate, and it tells me when the weather will happen, not just what weather. It applies to all of Bergen.
The new site delivers a meteogram for my neighborhood only. While I love the colors and icon, I have to admit that seeing clouds and suns bouncing up and down along a squiggly temperature line is a tad – distracting. It doesn’t look like weather any more, but rather like something I’d see in children’s programming. “Cloud and Sun Go for a Walk in the Red Hills and Meet Moon”. This may take some getting used to.