[Feature] Storm Tracking support (NEXRAD Products)
Disclaimer: I am aware that the scope of this project does not include the proposed feature set below.
First of all, thanks to the project owner and contributors to Meteo. I have been looking for a native Linux desktop application with extended map features for years now. Storm tracking software is primarily available on Windows and it usually the system that all the professional storm chasers use. Over the years I have searched for intuitive storm tracking software on Linux, and while official NOAA applications exist for Linux, these are clunky, difficult to navigate/understand, and mostly geared toward hardcore scientists.
In recent years we have seen quality mobile applications for storm tracking show up on various app stores. One such product by the name of RadarOmega, is promising and actually has an Appimage for Linux. However, desktop versions are only available to subscribers and subscriptions can only be made through the mobile app which costs $9. This coupled with the fact that it is all electron with almost 0 optimizations makes it very difficult to use overall.
If we (the community) can work together and get the same level of features using public NWS/NOAA APIs, Meteo can broaden it's scope and become the superior weather and storm tracking application on the Linux desktop.
I (and probably many others) have been dying to have these types of powerful features on the Linux desktop in an intuitive way. A native application is generally preferable to a Webapp but is a practice that has been slowly fading over the years due to desire to simplify software deployment.
So here is my call to action so these features can at least be looked into. I will completely understand if research into this results in a dead end and too difficult to achieve, but it is worth a try I think.
Here are some potential resources to kick things off. Thanks again for those of you dedicating your time and effort into this fantastic application. If donations are possible I will have no problem donating to the project.
- Weather.gov services web API
- NEXRAD on AWS
- Unidata Level III datasets
- Python tools & libraries
- Rainviewer API - Data aggregation from the net, including storm tracking
TL;DR: Linux needs powerful storm tracking software, let's see what we can do about it!