Snow

Snow over the next few days for some!

It’s looking like there could be a snowfall in some parts of the UK beginning today and over the following days. Nothing concrete as yet, even the forecasters seem uncertain on the details but things are looking positive.

As ever, higher ground is more likely to see snow, and it’s not clear whether the rain will turn to snow over lower ground.

Looking further ahead into the next week or two, there’s a hint of more cold weather to come, so more chances perhaps of snow there too.

Keep an eye on uksnowmap.com and metoffice.gov.uk for the latest.

Development

Site updates

I’ve migrated the front-end uksnowmap.com app – which previously was a single static html page – over to the Laravel framework, which will allow me to add some planned features more easily.

The app is split into two projects, an existing Laravel based API which does the Twitter searches and associated heavy lifting, and now the front-end Laravel – yes, I like Laravel.

The first change made is replacing Google Maps with Leaflet.js and a set of custom rendered map tiles hosted on a CDN. Google have recently reduced the amount of free map views before billing kicks in, which on particularly snowy days means uksnowmap.com  could stop working, not good.

Upcoming planned features include;

  • Supporters functionality via Patreon
  • Instagram importing
  • Rewind ability to see previous few hours snow reports
  • Snow notifications

There’s no timescale on these features, so they’ll appear when the appear!

I’m also toying around with Ionic as a replacement for the ageing iOS app, however the web app does a great job on mobile so there’s no particular timescale at the moment.

General

Finally

#uksnow Map finally has a blog!

As we head into snow season for 2016-17, I’ll be mainly using this to post occasional updates about the site, along with other bits and pieces.

Bring on the #uksnow, we’ve not had a decent fall for years!