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BBC Weather update: making detailed weather more visible on maps

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Peter Deslandes Peter Deslandes | 16:20 UK time, Thursday, 15 December 2011

Screenshots of two weather maps, with and without major cities labelled.

Location labels on maps can be turned off to expose detailed weather patterns

The BBC Weather website was recently relaunched after a public beta. Senior Designer Mel Seyer has explained the UX journey and Jeremy Tarling has described some elements of the new technical architecture.

Last week I blogged about how we added colour to some of the temperatures on the site.

I'm pleased to say that we have been able to make one more change in time for Christmas: users can now turn the map labels off should they want to have a clearer view of the weather patterns. This certainly helps when looking at the whole country, where more information is shown in a smaller space and the labels can get in the way.

Amongst other work, we will continue to make ongoing improvements covering features like maps and saving favourite locations. We also begin work on a new mobile site in the New Year, so there is more to come on that.

Peter Deslandes is Head of Product, BBC Weather


  • Comment number 1.

    Complete FAIL. If I access the site with by preferred browser (Firefox) all I see is a white screen, although ctrl+u shows HTML source. It does work if I switch to Chrome (ie I can see the info). I really shouldn't have to change browsers just to read the weather forecast. I guess I be sticking to a browser independent site like weatherbug.co.uk

  • Comment number 2.

    I am using Firefox and it has loaded perfectly OK...

    Much better, more detailed forecasting for my chosen region - a whole page devoted to it rather than a small area in the top left-hand corner!

  • Comment number 3.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 4.

    p.s. much faster in Chrome

    by the way, whoops, in the BBC's infinite wisdom, their blog software strips out the target="_blank" tab. never mind, it wont work. Will have to just remember ctrl-click opens a new tab. just trying to be helpful!

  • Comment number 5.

    With firefox the page has loaded really perfectly. Try to use small sized and converted pictures that will help you to load the whole page and the pictures faster.


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  • Comment number 6.

    Can we get the Midlands back on the national map in some way, please? It's not like there aren't ~10m of us here or anything....


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