Climatology is an app developed by HXD in partnership with Microsoft Research's Computational Science team based in Cambridge. It gives you seasonal climate information for absolutely anywhere on Earth including temperature, rain, sunniness and humidity. Whether finding where are the warm, dry places to go on holiday in December, or avoiding rain for your wedding, to finding out what the climate is like in Kazakhstan in April, Climatology allows you to discover the information you want.
The Climatology app takes data from a pre-existing climate system called Fetch Climate, which aggregates many different sources of climate data, and presents it all in a map-based interface that allows users to quickly navigate by place, by time of year and by climate condition. So, it's a weather app, but one that allows for year-long planning based on historical and modelled data, rather than just the next few days or weeks. Its simple interface makes different sorts of weather easily accessible and browsable by anyone.
Using the app you can browse a map of the world that is overlayed with data about temperature, precipitation, sunlight and humidity. This is colour coded, showing the average condition for the current month, plus an upper and lower band. Users can browse quickly through the months of an average year, seeing the conditions change on the map.
Typical planning questions that Climatology answers include:
- When does it get too hot in Florida to comfortably visit Disney World?
- When does it warm up in Paris?
- When is monsoon season in India?
Climatology was developed and shipped during a two week hackfest with the Computational Science team, as such it has a few rough edges. Hopefully you will see its potential in use, though.
Computational Science: Stephen Emmott, Colin Gravill, Davide Zilli, Drew Purves, Vassily Lyutsarev, Matthew Smith
HXD: Richard Banks, Bob Corish, Sian Lindley