Bloomsburg Weather Viewer

Authors: Jeffrey Brunskill*, Bloomsburg University, Curt Jones, Bloomsburg University
Topics: Geography Education, Climatology and Meteorology
Keywords: weather, education, internet, online, meteorology, physical geography, teaching
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: 8211, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This paper presents an overview of the Bloomsburg Weather Viewer, a web-based weather visualization program that is designed to enhance educational the value of weather webcam imagery, local weather station data, and online weather resources for introductory meteorology coursework. The program consists of a data collection and storage system, and a web-based user interface. The data collection system continuously acquires imagery and weather station data from user-defined sources. The images are converted to time-lapse videos and are displayed in a customized interface that consists of three main windows that show webcam imagery, online map/diagram imagery, and plots of weather station variables. The program allows the user to search the storage system for past weather and view the data streams in a synchronous manner. The presentation explores the instructional context for which the program was developed, the design of the current web-based prototype, applications of the program in undergraduate coursework, and future design considerations. A long-term goal of this project is to develop a GIS-based, integrative resource that enhances the value of the existing network of weather cameras and weather stations that are commonly installed by schools to visualize local changes in the weather.

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