The Yandex.Weather service team announced the launch of an interesting new feature. The service started showing rain information shared by users on the precipitation map.
Precipitation reports are marked with umbrellas. Now users can make a precipitation map together with Yandex, helping each other not to get wet.
On the precipitation map, it is easy to see where it rains, and find out the forecast for the next two hours – with a detail of ten minutes. You can look at the map and decide when is the best time to take the dog for a walk or, for example, run to the store. As the developers note, when compiling a precipitation map, Yandex uses data from weather radars and satellites, but they have their drawbacks. So, meteorological radars do not cover the entire territory of the country, and images from satellites come with a delay of half an hour. User posts will help fill these gaps.
The umbrellas are shown on the Pogoda mobile site and in the Yandex application, and will soon appear in the Yandex.Pogoda application. You can report rain through any of the company’s weather forecast apps. Previously, users also reported precipitation, but this data was only used to check the quality of the forecast, and now it is displayed on the map.
As the developers emphasize, the more messages people send, the more accurate the map will be.