As I commented on this blog yesterday, like many other commuters I too have had to endure this week's snowfall. While we can't improve the British weather, we have now done everything we can to improve your BBC weather website.
BBC Weather has always used developments in technology to improve the quality of its output, dovetailing improvements in forecasting techniques with new and emerging broadcast platforms.
On my first day at the BBC Weather Centre the output was focused mainly on forecasts on television. Today the Weather Centre is a fully multi-media operation with over 100 broadcasts a day, presented by a weather team of 22, on TV, radio, online and the red button.
It wasn't until 1998 that the first version of the weather website went live, and it was a very different looking site from the version that is available from today. We have had a couple of site refreshes over the last decade but nothing on the scale of today's offering.
Firstly, we have made changes to the technology driving the website which will mean that we can support the service far more effectively, 24 hours a day. Technology has developed to such an extent that what was thought cutting edge five years ago is in fact old technology today. We have improved the infrastructure and streamlined our processes, which will mean more and faster updates throughout the day.
Secondly, we have been asking you what you would like, and having reviewed that feedback, we have been able to provide what we believe to be a world class weather website. Through the site we will deliver the latest and most comprehensive forecast available for wherever you want, whenever you want it, all in one place.
So I guess you are asking what has changed?
The two biggest changes are the structure of the site and the visual design. All of our forecast information is now organised by location rather than by type of data. Once you have searched for your location you will find everything you need on one page, a one-stop shop for wherever you choose to be. The visual design now follows the broadcast design, so the colour of the pages reflects the weather forecast for the location you are looking at.
Today's forecasts for UK locations on the weather site are no longer depicted by one summary symbol. Today is now covered by a three-hourly breakdown to show more clearly how the weather will change over the 24 hours to come. We have also increased the frequency with which we receive forecasts from the Met Office.
Each location page displays the accompanying weather map, but you can also navigate to other map areas without leaving your page. This means you can choose a different or wider area map if you prefer.
Our forecast information is displayed in individual modules on a page, and these can be expanded or collapsed depending on whether you are interested in the information or not. We are also making the video we produce more accessible by embedding it on our pages, still presented by your familiar BBC broadcast meteorologists and updated throughout the day.
Our website is now wider. The BBC has received feedback from you about making the best use of available screen space. We're confident that now is the right time to use the extra space to improve the site. The flatter structure of the site will make it easier to navigate.
The process will be completed over the coming months as we migrate a number of pages from the old site to the new. We will also be looking at how we can develop new ways of getting our weather content online and available whenever you want it.
UPDATE 1415: Earlier today we launched the new BBC Weather website. Unfortunately shortly after midday we experienced major technical issues. As a result we've had to roll back to the old weather site.
We are urgently trying to understand what happened and hope to be in a position to clarify the situation later today.
The old version of the site will continue to be updated as normal so you can still access the very latest forecast from the BBC Weather team. Apologies if you've come to view the new site, but we are doing our best to resolve the issues and hope to unveil the new site shortly.
Richard Chapman is editorial manager of BBC Weather.