Monday, March 26, 2012

Some Spring Cleaning Around the Blog. New Features on the Way as Well!

Just a few house keeping items and related updates to start off the week...

You may have noticed a new widget box on the right hand side of the page, titled "Current Severe Weather Watches":

The map inside of the box is linked to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC)'s Severe Weather Watch page.  When active weather watches are in effect, the image will look something like this, with Severe Thunderstorm Watches shown in blue and Tornado Watches shown in red:

When watches are in effect, you can click on the map to obtain details on a specific watch area.  As shown in the example below, after you've selected a specific watch area on the SPC's Watch page, you can click on "Counties" (as shown within the red circle) and view the counties that are included in the watch, as well as the valid time, etc.:

I hope that you'll find the information useful, especially since it is updated in real time.

Now that we've dedicated a permanent location on the blog to the latest severe weather watch information, going forward you probably won't see me make individual posts regarding the issuance of a watch (like this one).  I still may do so in special situations, but not on a regular basis.  That way I'll be able to focus more on letting you know what is about to happen before a watch is issued, and what is taking place once the watch is in effect.

You may have also noticed that the "twitter widget" has been spruced-up a bit as well.  It is also located on the right hand side of the page, just after the "About Me" box:

Several more changes/new features are coming up soon, including an exclusive  offer that I hope you'll both enjoy and find useful.  Be sure to check back throughout the week for updates!

Are you new to the blog?  Welcome!  Please click on the icons below to "Like" my facebook page and/or follow me on twitter.  You'll find posts at these locations that aren't always on the blog, especially during rapidly changing weather situations...


Anthill_Goddess said...

Love the changes you're making! Thanks for all you do!

Rob White said...

Anthill, thanks very much! More to come...