meteocool is a free GIS visualisation & aggregation platform with focus on thunderstorms. Optimized for mobile devices, you can use it to both chase or avoid upcoming weather - that's up to you.
meteocool currently uses radar data provided by DWD and realtime lightning information from the awesome blitzortung.org project.
- Automatic Map Updates: the biggest inconvenience with most weather radar visualisations is out-of-date data. Meteocool notifies its clients as soon as new radar data becomes available and the client tries to be transparent about the dataset age. Say goodbye to hammering F5!
- Live Lightning Strikes: new lightning strikes are displayed instantly, giving you an even better feeling for the cloud formation's intensity, trajectory and speed.
- Push Notifications: get notified about incoming rain up to 60 minutes in advance. Works in any modern browser and on iOS.
- Dark Mode: great for HUD-like displays and general night time usage.
- Progressive Web App: responsive, connectivity independent and app-like. Add a shortcut to your iOS or Android Home Screen to use meteocool in "app mode".
- iOS & Android Apps: native iOS and Android apps provide battery-efficient background location services to allow for accurate rain notifications without user interaction.
Use docker-compose (see below) for the backend. Run
to run the development build (the first one might take a while).
make dev devrestart to build and also start all containers on
your local system. After that, go to https://127.0.0.1:8040 to access
your development system.
- Production build:
- Use feature branches!
- docker-compose MUST be executed in the root-directory of the repository! Otherwise bind mounts for config files will not work and no error will be reported.
- When the color mapping for dbZ-values (pixels) is changed, the legend
needs to be regenerated. Because this happens very rarely, the script
for that isn't dockerized. Use
backend/dwd/to regenerate the legend PNG.
- The database is initialized when the first entry is generated. Sadly this causes the push backend to hang until backend/app provides a first entry. As a work around, create a notification request via the web UI after the first startup. The databse is persistently kept on a docker volume.
Makefile targets in
make mbtiles: create PNG + tiles in tmp/
make update: fetch current radar date from DWD
make update mbtiles: both operations together
For frontend development, use
yarn && yarn start inside the
frontend/ directory. This will compile the src/index.js application
and start a development webserver on localhost. Note that for a complete
local development setup you also need the other containers.
docker-compose and use
make dev. For development purposes, use the docker-compose-dev.yml file.
Release builds can be built using
make prod or manually:
docker-compose up -d(background)