Weacast includes a set of Leaflet layers to help visualize forecast data or probe results. Each layer type implements the TimeDimension Layer interface.

Feature Layers

Time-stamped GeoJson layers provide a generic way to visualize GeoJSON features including temporal evolution. Because probes and probe results are internally modelled as GeoJSON features they can be used to visualize them. However Weacast does not make any assumption on how you want to visualize these data so you might have to manually process the retrieved probe results in order to add a time property on each feature corresponding to the forecastTime or the runTime for instance.

Using map mixins configuration options you can easily customize your probe results visualization to get something like this:

Weacast feature layer

Weacast also provides a convenient wind barb icon based on leaflet-windbarb that can be used to symbolize wind like this:

Weacast windbarb layer

Forecast Data Layers

Weacast includes a set of Leaflet layers to manage the temporal evolution of forecast data. Due to the possible large amount of forecast data it is recommanded to load data on-demand, although it is possible to have an internal data cache.

ForecastLayer source

Forecast layer interface implemented by all other types of layer, based on leaflet-timedimension.

A Weacast layer of type ClassName are created like this (where app is the Weacast client app instance):

let layer = new L.Weacast.ClassName(app, {
  // Forecast element to be managed
  elements: ['u-wind', 'v-wind'],
  // Attribution
  attribution: 'Forecast data from <a href="http://www.meteofrance.com">Météo-France</a>'
})

.setForecastModel (model)

Called by the map whenever the current forecast model changes, can be customized by child classes to do whatever required then.

.fetchAvailableTimes()

Retrieve the forecast element available forecast times and configure the TimeDimension object of the map accordingly.

.fetchData()

Retrieve the forecast element data for the currently configured time in the TimeDimension object of the map.

.getQuery()

Build the query object to retrieve forecast element data, can be customized by child classes. By default create a query to retrieve data with the currently configured forecast model (i.e. bounds, resolution, etc.) and time in map.

.setData(data)

To be implemented by child classes, data contains an array of data array for each configured forecast element in the layer.

FlowLayer source

To visualize forecast paired element as flow (e.g. wind direction), based on leaflet-velocity.

Weacast flow layer

HeatLayer source

To visualize forecast element scalar values (e.g. temperature) as a heatmap, based on leaflet-heatmap.

Weacast heat layer

ColorLayer source

DEPRECATED: use the ScalarLayer

To visualize forecast element scalar values (e.g. temperature) as a color image using color maps, based on leaflet-canvaslayer-field.

Weacast color layer

ScalarLayer source

To visualize forecast element scalar values (e.g. temperature) as a structured mesh using color maps, based on leaflet-pixi-overlay. It provides 2 ways of rendering the data:

  • As gridded based rendering to visualize the raw data. To each cell of the grid is assigned a data. Weacast raw scalar layer
  • An interpolated based rendering to visualize the data as color image. Weacast interpolated scalar layer

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