Kari is the PWSmet. As a meteorologist at wunderground.com, she has experience setting up and installing many types of personal weather stations.
By: Kari Strenfel , 9:07 PM GMT on April 17, 2014
My name is Shaun Tanner and, or those of you who have never had contact with me over the past 10 years while I have worked for Weather Underground, I have worked as a meteorologist with significant contact with the Personal Weather Station community. Over the past year, however, my role has transitioned to more of a development supervisor. My main job is to make sure products get completed and development teams have what they need to meet their goals.
This is why I am writing this blog. Since we launched the new site earlier this week, we have fielded many comments, complaints, and some compliments regarding the new PWS Dashboard. It became very clear to us that a significant number of Weather Underground station owners were not happy with the changes we made. The negative comments came in two categories:
1. We heard about, and were able to replicate, several bugs within the dashboard itself. These bugs lessened the overall experience and prevented owners from seeing their data efficiently.
2. Many weather station owners were unhappy with the new layout of the dashboard. A lot of the comments stated that because of the new layout, it was harder to see their weather information with the ease of the previous interface.
The dashboard was never meant to be concrete and we always expected to have to fix coding bugs and design tweaks after the launch. In fact, the rest of the site is like that as well, as all of our developers are fixing things with the site-at-large on a daily basis. However, I must take responsibility for the state that the dashboard was launched. The dashboard was launched to beta some time ago, and we should have put more time in to testing the product before pushing it live earlier this week. For this, I must apologize.
Thus, I am here to tell the entire PWS community that the team responsible for the dashboard is refocusing on the dashboard to fix the bugs and vastly improve its interface. The development will work in two phases:
1. The team has targeted four main bugs that it will fix, pushing the fixes live to the community on the current dashboard within the next week. Fixing these bugs will make the dashboard much more usable and friendly in the short term until the development team launches the new interface.
2. Based PWS owner feedback, the team has designed a new interface that will do away with the tab idea from the current dashboard. Instead, all of the weather station data (current conditions, webcam, historical data, etc.) will be displayed on one page, much as it was before the launch of the dashboard. These changes will take a bit longer to develop, but with this being the team's sole current goal, we will push out the changes as soon as possible. I pledge to keep this blog updated with the newest information from the team. That will be my promise to you.
The PWS community has been a staple of the Weather Underground community for longer than even I have been a part of this company. Heck, I am a weather station owner myself! So, the last thing we would want to do is to produce something that the community would be unhappy with. Our goal was to produce a fresher, more usable product that the community could use and show off to their friends and family. I am committed to making a product you will happy with, so please give the team and me feedback until we get it right.
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