Precipitation Map Layer and Parameters: Rain, Freezing Rain, Snow, Ice Pellets (Sleet) Team Team
  • Updated’s platform offers detailed insights into various types of precipitation, helping users across different sectors—such as meteorology, agriculture, and public safety—understand and respond to weather conditions effectively. Each type of precipitation is distinctly measured and visualized to provide accurate forecasting and real-time awareness.

Types of Precipitation Intensity Parameters

Parameter Description Visualization on Map
Rain Measures the intensity of rain, quantified in millimeters or inches per hour. Rain is the most common form of precipitation, resulting from water vapor condensing and precipitating in drops too large to remain suspended in the air. Rain is displayed using shades of green, yellow, and red on the map, with the transition from green to red indicating increasing intensity.
Snow Measures the intensity of snowfall, indicating how quickly snow is accumulating. Snow forms when temperatures are low enough for water vapor to crystallize directly into ice without first becoming liquid Snow is visualized using shades of light blue transitioning to purple and pink on the map, with the shift towards pink indicating heavier snowfall.
Freezing Rain Occurs when raindrops freeze upon impact with cold surfaces, forming a glaze of ice. This parameter measures the rate of freezing rain, crucial for predicting hazardous icy conditions. Freezing rain is visualized on the map in shades of burgundy, transitioning from light to dark to indicate increasing intensity.
Ice Pellets (Sleet) Measures the intensity of ice pellets, which are frozen raindrops or refrozen melting snowflakes. This type of precipitation occurs when snowflakes pass through a warm layer and then a deep freezing layer as they fall to the ground. Sleet is visualized on the map in shades of violet, transitioning from light to dark to indicate increasing intensity.

Accessing Precipitation Data on the Platform

  • Navigate to the "Trends" sub-tab on the platform.
  • Click on the "Precip. Intensity" toggle to visualize the layer on the map (various colors):

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API Access for Developers

Developers can access detailed precipitation data through’s API, enabling them to integrate these data points into their applications. This feature supports enhanced decision-making and operational planning in weather-sensitive activities. For detailed API usage and integration, visit our API documentation

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