I hope you had a nice weekend and to start the new week I have prepared several new blocks and plugins.
New Plugin – Night Sky
This is a very simple plugin that will show you the current night sky image for your station location. No set up required, just download and upload to your plugins directory and add a link, probably to the astronomy tab in your menu.
New Plugin – Marine
This plugin contains marine-related information, I will probably expand it in the future. For now there are two pages – one that shows current marine traffic and the other one, which shows current buoys location and information. Again, no set up required, just download and upload to your plugins directory and add a link to the menu.
New Plugin – Weather Symbols
I have decided that it would be nice to have a section in Meteotemplate that will actually educate your users (and maybe you as well :D) in the field of meteorology and climatology. Over time I would like to include more pages that will show general information about how the weather is measured, some diagrams, graphs… I will try to make it intersting, interactive and fun, while making sure it is accurate and complete.
The first plugin for this section is Weather Symbols. I downloaded the official documentation from the World Meteorology Organization and then created icons for all the weather symbols used. This includes symbols for reporting current conditions, symbols used in synoptic maps to show fronts, symbols for cloud cover and symbols for the various cloud types. There is always of course also the description of that particular symbol included. And to make it a bit more fun there is also a quiz you can then play to test your knowledge.
I have created a new tab for it in the menu “Meteorology” and as I mentioned above. Let me know what you think about this idea and whether you would like me to develop more Meteorology related plugins.
There is no need to set up anything.
New Block – NOAA radio
If you would like to put a NOAA radio stream on your homepage then use this new block that will add a player to your site and allow the user to play it.
New Block – GrLevelX
Some of you asked for a block for GrLevelX, so it is now available. It is not a duplicate of the plugin and as with all the other blocks, the point is to make it simpler. So in this case it will only show the most recent image for the various products. In addition I have added a function that will auto-update the images without the need to reload the site and you can also specify the maximum age of the image to show and if no new image is available, it will just show a message to the user that there is no uptodate image.