ShareWeather GOLF Pro

ShareWeather GOLF Pro is the ultimate app for golf entusiasts, professional players and greenkeepers. Besides a range of conventional weather variables, ShareWeather GOLF Pro provides detailed information on the expected conditions on the golf course, taking into regard the humidity on ground, grass growing rate, and a lot more. This app will predict the ball rolling speed on the green and grass growth rate on the green and the fairway respectively. In addition, the user will get an accurate estimation of ball deviation in respect to the wind conditions and wind characteristics. All our apps, including ShareWeather GOLF Pro, picture the reality in a realistic way and exactly as we predict it.


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Variables

In this app for golfers we focus on the factors that affect golfing. This includes calculating the ball speed on the green, expressed in % of the ball speed on a dry, and just recently prepared, green. This app also calculates the growth speed of the grass on fairway, and on the green, respectively. This functionality can be useful to both players and greenkeepers. Another variable is the deviation of the ball due to wind conditions. Wind direction, wind speed, and wind characteristics such as gusts, will affect the trajectory from the tee. Based on golf literature and practice, we created algorithms that predict the deviation in meters/yards. Other variables included in GOLF Pro are surface temperature and evaporation, both useful to greenkeepers.


We are currently updating our content on GOLF Pro. Please read the following general description that explains how our apps work. We promise to be back soon with more content and instructions on GOLF Pro.


A weather picture

Our animations are not just a fun experience, they predict the actual appearance of the sky. The type and shape of clouds that are displayed for each timestep are carefully picked and based on a range of algorithms. The ground will also be painted based on advanced algorithms that calculate not less than 50 variables. Some of these variables are also presented in text. Our forecast predicts what the sky and the ground will look like 16 days ahead. You can navigate through time by swiping or using the play console (fast/24h or slow/3h forward/rewind). Also, a several overview alternatives are available. By picking a magnifier, a diagram displaying 4 days or 24 hours will appear. Then the user might continue to add days by squeezing the diagram. Several options are available: 7, 10, 14, and 16 days. All 16 days can also be displayed in a larger scrollable diagram.


Weather diagram - the meteogram

You might have seen weather diagrams, "meteorgrams", before. However, ShareWeather expands this concept, just as we reach beyond the processes in the air to cover everything you can perceive on the ground and in the sky. Doing so, we use our "upside-down diagrams" to explain what is happening on the ground. These are simply diagrams starting from zero at ground level, with the area below the ground representing the value of a particular variable. The greater area, the larger value. For instance, we use upside-down diagrams to illustrate how fast grass and flowers will grow on a particular day, how much water there will be on the ground, whether there is some old accumulated snow and melting snow, or some of the water evaporated into the air. The areas you see represent the quantities of grass, water, snow, on the ground, for a given time. While weather services usually say how many much precipitation to expect for instance during one hour, ShareWeather will also show how much water or/and snow there will be many hours after the rain has stopped.


Personalized weather forecast

ShareWeather is more than a weather forecast, it predicts the consequences of weather on the ground. When we created this app we used our knowledge based on previous work with professionals and lead-users who are extremely dependent on different weather conditions. We know that consumers also have their preferences and personal needs. With this app we wanted to give all users an opportunity to receive the highest quality weather forecasts that go farther than just presenting the weather, and predict events that actually matter to You. Many weather apps can tip their users whether to take the umbrella. ShareWeather will give a lot more. Is it dry outside yet, can I take my new shoes today after yesterday's rain? Is today a suitable time to plant some flowers in the garden, or could I as well wait for a couple of days for better conditions? Or, maybe I really have to postpone both the gardening and the car ride because of the night frost? The TV forecast said it's chilly, but I think if felt quite warm when sitting at that café yesterday. What will the weather actually feel like? Many users might get surprised to know that the weather forecast usually gives you the numbers, with little reflection on what the consequences really are on the ground. One reason is that predicting phenomena such as ice, frost, and crop growth, is far much complicated than a weather forecast. For instance, the road might get frosty although the temperature is a bit above zero Celsius. However, in the defence of all ordinary weather forecasts, they do not claim to predict more than what is happening in the air. Now, it is understandable why the complexity of weather can soon grow to a problem of understanding what the forecast actually means. We believe that pictures are a best way of communicating complex data. Eventually, the volumes of information become ungraspable if we ought to communicate the many effects of weather on the ground. In fact, it can be hard for professional meteorologists to smoothly take over after the night shift has left home. That is why ShareWeather developed a new way of communicating complex data. ShareWeather communicates through diagrams that condense many variables into a simple area or line graph. As a user, you will never have to read everything in order to understand the forecast. A look at the picture is aimed to provide you with information corresponding to more than 50 variables, most of which you do not have to care about at all. Our system processes information and improves the weather forecast on several levels and based on long experience of weather forecasting and professional users. We wanted to use that knowledge and make it accessible to everyone. The first thing we do in order to improve the forecast is processing everything through our system where advanced algorithms take the forecast quality to a next level. Then, for increasing the forecast accuracy for a particular location, ShareWeather recalculates the forecast for the local conditions. This is how it is done: ShareWeather retrieves a more accurate position and altitude above the sea level in order to improve the forecast for a particular altitude. The user can also provide own input with an altitude of choice, which is particularly useful in mountain areas.


Share the weather

On top of all the improvements we apply to our forecasts, ShareWeather also proudly presents a new and unique concept of "share weather". ShareWeather uses your input - a local observation submitted by you - in order to improve the forecast. All you have to do is to create a weather observation, based on a simple form with cloud pictures and text descriptions describing the weather at your spot. In less than seconds, ShareWeather will recalculate the forecast based on your report and other data, improving the forecast for your location. This way of treating and processing weather makes our forecast unique. Moreover, you will be able to elaborate freely with your own input, by solely choosing new input and submitting it. Since the origin of "share weather" is related to our scientific projects, if you are interested to know more, we encourage further reading on this topic in the literature. You are also most welcome to contact us in person if you wish to get more acquainted with "share weather" and our projects.

App development

Katarina ElevantMeteorologist & Ph.D. in Media Technology (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

We develop our apps ourselves, from the tiniest element to all the advanced functionalities and visualizations. Along the process we invite users to test our services in order to improve our design and conduct high-quality research.

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