Meteocantabria

Meteocantabria

Meteocantabria is a web site that aggregates weather information available for Cantabria

Meteocantabria is a Cantabrian Regional Government web portal, with services such as weekly weather forecast for the 102 cantabrian municipalities, meteorological condition observations in reference points, as well as specialized information regarding to maritime activity and active leisure in the coast and the mountain.

Predictia was hired for the initial development of the site, as well as for different evolutionary maintenance tasks since it went operative.

Key features

Weather information viewer
Generalist public
Different data sources homogenization

Description

Meteocantabria emerged as a joint initiative from the Cantabrian Ministry of Environment and the AEMET. These agencies signed an agreement to promote, besides the birth of Meteocantabria, an inventory and integration of the cantabrian meteorological and climatic information. The web site, developed by Predictia, integrates different sources of information. AEMET provides information about:
  • Weekly municipality forecast
  • Regional level forecast
  • Meteorological station observations
  • Satellite and RADAR observations
  • Numerical weather forecast using the HIRLAM model
  • Maritime, mountain and beach forecasts
  • Lightning observations
  • Ultraviolet radiation forecast and observations

Other informations integrated in the site:

  • Air quality observations provided by CIMA
  • Forecasts for water temperature, salinity, and watercourse generated by IHC's OPROMS model
  • Buoy and ports data
  • Pollen information

Characteristics

Due to the heterogeneity of the information to be represented, it was decided to develop two independent components: one will be in charge of feeding the database (ETL component. The other component will be the one accessible to the general public and will display the information. Both components are web applications fully implemented in Java with a layered architecture.
  • The ETL component uses scheduler framework Quartz, which allows us to define a set of jobs, and schedule the time to be triggered. Also the Spring Framework is used to take care of IOC and also as database access support. A control panel for the jobs was implemented using the Struts2 Framework, implementing the MVC pattern.
  • The web comonent also uses Spring as well Struts2 as its MVC framework.

References

The web site has been well received by regional public and appeared in the press when it registered more than half million hits and 100.000 users in its first year of operation.

The forecast and climatic cantabrian portal, www.meteocantabria.es, has registered over 124.000 users in ten months. This web page, presented the 20h of July 2010 by the Cantabrian Ministry of Environment and AEMET, has registered over half million of page views in 2011.

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