Announcing a new weahter mashup: Spincloud

I started working on Spincloud back in 2003 when I got interested in regular expressions. I liked them so much I started looking for large sets of freely available data that I could crunch. Weather data was quite appealing; not only I’d parse it but I could get instant feedback by just looking at the parsed data, after all we understand temperatures and wind speeds and the like. I’d get to use other technologies I couldn’t experiment at work where I was doing the regular J2EE stuff and I kept feeling the itch to do new things.

And so Spincloud was born; it’s mission: to track the weather worldwide. It didn’t have a name back then but as things started to shape-up, I realized that the experiment was slowly turning into a real project. Then Google published its Maps API and I just knew that my small little pet project just found the perfect playground. It’s been a while since I started with this and I had no intention of publishing it initially. It has grown beyond its initial purpose and I feel it’s time to set it free.

This is the third version of Spincloud, the first two iterations were not publicly released. This is not an open source project; however, I’m planning on blogging about the technical challenges I’m encountering and are interesting enough to share.

Here are the main features of Spincloud:

– Instant weather search
– Forecast displayed for all available locations in surveyed area (US only); radar mashup.
– Upon free registration, one can tag favorite locations then track the weather either through the website or via RSS; ability to set a home location 
– Integration with Flickr
– Ability to add comments for individual locations through Google Friend Connect
– Easy registration that uses OpenId and Facebook Connect.
– Both metric and imperial units of measures supported.

Update: googlemapsmania.com just ran a story about Spincloud here. Thanks guys!

  • http://www.designer-schuh.com Bernd Stiefel

    My friend (who is a web developer) told me that they recently had used (or wanted to use) the Spincloud feature for one of their projects.

    He had many good things to say about it, thats why I came here to take a look myself. Looks interresting.