Windy.com

In my opinion Windy.com is one of the best goto web sites for viewing the latest NWP data for the UK and across the world. With it you can view forecast data from the NEMS, ICON, ECMWF and GFS models. The smooth colour filled animations are really impressive and the number of fields that you can display is always being added to. Not only that, they make their output easy to plugin in to your own website, which is what I’ve done below with this 24 hour forecast of winds at 300 hPa. They also provide a free Javascript API so you can also access their products directly into your own web applications.

This is what Ivo the driving force behind Windy.com says about how it all started…

Hi, my name is Ivo, and I love the wind!
I am an addicted kiter, helicopter and jet pilot who seeks the wind, waves, METARs and powder snow almost constantly. Since programming is my passion, I coded Windyty.com in 2014 as my pet project. The original version was highly inspired by the products from the Swiss company Meteoblue and other project called “Earth”, that displayed animated wind particles on the globe. I have completely rewrote open source codes of Earth and also made an agreement with Meteoblue to use some of their products that time. And thus Windyty was born (renamed to Windy a few years later). My goal is to keep Windy small and fast to be accessible in the most remote locations.


Our goal is to provide the best weather forecasting service in the world.

  • 2014 Windy was born, under its former name Windyty.
  • 2015 the Windy team grew to a few more programmers: Milan and Tomas. We use GFS and NEMS as the main forecast models.
  • 2016 we launched Android and iOS mobile Apps and we renamed Windyty to Windytv, which turned out to be a big mistake. As one of the few companies in the world, we have the use of the ECMWF forecast model, which is recognised as the most accurate model available.
  • 2017 our team grew to 5 people and we have changed the name to Windy with nice and short address www.windy.com. During hurricane season Windy become major source of weather information for governments, institutions and individuals in affected areas, virtually saving the lives.
  • 2018 we launched a new European weather radar, thunderstorm forecast and many other major innovations.

This all begs the question – why isn’t our own national weather service provider doing the same thing in the UK with it’s own NWP data?

Answers – or should that be questions – on a postcard to :-

Professor Penelope Endersby
Met Office
FitzRoy Road
Exeter
Devon
EX1 3PB
United Kingdom

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