The Beginning

Let me start by saying that if you really know me, you will know that I have an obsession weather and doppler radar. I think the only reason I obsess about doppler is because it is something that I can do at my house without the use of fancy or expensive equipment and it requires little knowledge. Either way, come Spring I always go crazy with the weather. I make things. These are two things that I made in the Spring of 2006.

Animated Doppler

Beacuse I check the radar screen quite often, it became a hassle to wait for Java to load on my slow computer so that I can view the animated version. Thusly, I sat in my Windows Server and Professional class and did something that had nothing to do with school at all. I guess it doesn't matter seeing that I passed the course. Anyways, this version uses Javascript. The only set back is that the changing of the pictures can cause flickering on computers running Mozilla and Windows 2000 and up. For some reason Windows 98 and my linux machines running Mozilla don't flicker. Odd.

Animated Doppler

Interactive Doppler

Now, in the Winter of 2005 to 2006 I started to get interested in Google Maps and its API. At the time I had absolutely no use for it, which I still don't, but I came up with something interesting: What if I overlay the radar images onto the map? That way people can browse the United States as a map but have the radar for travel information or other such reasons. Now, of course, the images are not entirely accurate as the large the image the more skewed it gets, but it comes pretty darn close.

Interactive Doppler