sparkathon

map table
how to use Brian McKenna 2016

sparkathon

map table
Location Month Similarity Score
Location Month Similarity Score
how to use Brian McKenna 2016

sparkathon

map table

How To Use

The user interface consists of the following two screens, detailed below

Step 1: Select Location

From the initial map view, select the target location, target month and type of comparison (combined temperature and precipitation, temperature only, and precipitation only). The map can be zoomed, panned. The marker in the center represents the target location.

Step 2: Monthly Overviews

Once a location, month and type of comparison are selected, 12 images will load showing the entire continental US for January through December. Images can be swiped left and right. Green indicates very similar conditions, red indicates very different conditions. A small red dot is placed in each image representing the selected location.

Step 3: Local Climate Normals

Below the maps, the locations climate normals for the month are plotted. The gray bar shows the average monthly minimum temperature, average monthly temperature and average monthly maximum temperature. Together these represent the average daily range of temperatures expected at that location and month. The green bar represents monthly precipitation amounts in tenth's of an inch. The bar represents the 25th percentile, 50th percentile (median), and 75ht percentile.

Step 4: Top Ten Locations Nationwide

By clicking the table button in the upper right corner, a table view will show the top ten locations and months at that location nationwide that conditions are most similar to the ones selected.

Step 5: Top Location Nationwide by Month

From the table view, the Top By Month button can be selected to show the top ranking 12 locations by calendar month. In effect, showing an itinerary to following similar weather throughout the year.

Enjoy and explore!

how to use Brian McKenna 2016