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20.2.2016The commissioning of new, redundant servers ensures higher failure safety.

MetGIS point forecasts are now calculated using completely new technologies. These prediction data are available much faster than previously.

Wind is available as a new parameter in the zoomable forecast maps.
29.12.2015New forecast area: Heiligenblut (Austria).
15.12.2015MetGIS forecasts are for the first time available within the scope of apps (SnowSafe, Guide Finder). WIKISNOW, information platform for mountain guides in the Arlberg region, also starts using MetGIS weather forecasts.
19.11.2015Improved visualization of cloudiness. High, thin clouds are displayed as translucent.
10.9.2015The MetGIS website is also available in Polish.
25.6.2015The MetGIS Website has been updated (new design of the start page, Extension of the product section, press section, etc.).
19.12.2014The 3-day weather forecast for more than 60.000 villages and peaks in Europe is freely available in a specifically developed design (in German only, see MetGIS-Bergwetter).

The automated generation of text forecasts (based on AI-methods) is in operational use.

Zoomable forecast maps, covering the entire Alps, can be downloaded from a tile server (prototype stage).
10.12.2014New forecast area: Guatemala.

The start page of the webshop has been revised and comes in a more user-friendly design.
1.9.2014New forecast areas are available: Silesia (Poland), Paso de Jama (Chile)
20.7.2014The special forecasts for roads and alpine ascent routes contain the vertical profile of clouds and the mode of precipitation (rain or snow).
18.5.2014The MetGIS Webshop is also available in English language.
2.4.2014New forecast parameters: cloudiness, risk of showers and thunderstorms.
19.2.2014Start of the MetGIS Webshop. It provides forecast maps with extended functionalities also to private persons. The following web products are offered from now: MetGIS Light (free basic version), MetGIS Basic (extended version, available via the Webshop), and MetGIS Pro (complete version for business customers).

Forecast charts showing the form of precipitation now have a special color code for areas without precipitation.
15.1.2014MetGIS delivers forecast services to international expeditions like „Nanga Dream“, the Polish attempt of the first winter ascent ever of Nanga Parbat.

Implementation of an automated service sending forecast information to customers via email.
4.12.2013Introduction of a press corner in where journalists are free to download useful graphs and text information about MetGIS.
11.11.2013New forecast areas are available: Écrins, Vanoise (France), Zermatt, Bernese Alps, Grindelwald, Andermatt, St. Moritz, Davos, Grisons (Switzerland), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany), Saalfelden, Wagrain, Bad Gastein, Bad Kleinkirchheim, Ennstal (Austria), Ortler (Italy), Julian Alps (Slovenia), Tatra (Poland/Slovakia).

Extensive Update of the foto database related to the MetGIS forecast regions.
2.8.2013New forecast areas are available: Cordoba, Sierra de Cordoba, Valle Argentina, Cerro Catedral, Ushuaia (Argentina), Valle del Elqui, Los Bronces, Paso Pehuenche, Paso Pino Hachadao, Punta Arenas (Chile).
19.7.2013Introduction of Social Media Buttons in MetGIS (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn).
27.6.2013Introduction of a number of graphical improvements. Beside the meteorological value, the altitude of each map point is now visible beside the mouse cursor. Slovenian has been added as additional language. The displayed forecast time is related to the time zone, in which the user’s computer is operated (for users that are not registered).
14.5.2013MetGIS forecast data processing and distribution is administered not any longer by the University of Vienna, but by its spinoff company MetGIS GmbH.
9.5.2013Graphical improvements in the start page of MetGIS: inclusion of photos, rearrangement of the order of displayed forecast regions.
8.4.2013Simplified navigation through MetGIS forecasts: “Back”-Button of the browser can now be used. Each configuration of the MetGIS forecast visualization (display of specific forecast regions, parameters, etc.) has its own, specific web address.
15.3.2013Increased safeguarding against failure: New software has been introduced to automatically switch the processing between redundant servers in the case of hardware breakdown.

Upgrade in the worldwide road database.
13.1.2013New MetGIS webpage is online in completely rebuilt design ( Realtime forecasts for about 200 regions around the world are now available. Access to many of these is available without entering a password (new product “MetGIS Web Basic”).

Predictions for all MetGIS forecast regions can now be visualized in 7 languages (English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian and Japanese).

MetGIS forecasts are now calculated in an external data processing center, independent of the University of Vienna. A new powerful fileserver has been added to the MetGIS operational hardware.

Freezing rain has been introduced as forecast parameter.
28.9.2012Implementation of an improved algorithm for the calculation of the air temperature 2m above the ground. The daily temperature amplitudes are now forecast more precisely.
16.7.2012Improvements in graphics: adjusted size of wind arrows.
30.6.2012Versions of the MetGIS web interface are now available also in French, Italian and Japanese.
30.5.2012Prototype of specific graphics for forecasts along roads is available, at first for Chile and Bhutan.
26.4.2012Earlier availability of forecasts through improvements in data download procedures for the GFS model output.

Optimization in automated forecast construction: time of forecast construction for specific geographic prediction areas can be steered individually through the introduction of a priority and time scheduling system.
14.3.2012Improved graphics: Implementation of terrain shading effect in forecast maps.
23.1.2012High-resolution forecast for Alpine ski areas online: Arlberg, Silvretta, Sölden, Kitzbühel, Zillertal, Gerlos, Zell am See, Mariazell (all Austria), Sella (Italy), Mont Blanc (France/Italy)
30.12.2011The refinement of postprocessing methods for the WRF model output provides another quality intensification of MetGIS forecasts.
3.11.2011High resolution MetGIS forecast grids in ASCII format can now be accessed via our FTP server.

New meteorological forecast parameters are available: surface temperature, radiation flux at ground surface, albedo.

Additionally introduced forecast areas: Srinagar, Uttarakhand (India).
5.10.2011WRF-model based MetGIS forecasts for the Himalayas are now available online.
12.8.2011Additionally introduced forecast areas: Rancagua, El Teniente (Chile), Victoria Highlands (Australia).
2.7.2011Explanatory tooltip text appears when moving the mouse over steering elements of the MetGIS forecast window.

When starting MetGIS, a forecast map related to the actual time is displayed.

Performance boost of MetGIS forecast servers through parallelization of the source code.
27.5.2011High-resolution terrain dependence has been introduced in the algorithms for the calculation of the wind field.

Additionally introduced forecast areas: New Zealand, South Island (NZ), Mount Cook (NZ), Southeastern Australia, Australian Alps, Perisher (Australia).
2.5.2011Functional changes in the graphical user interface make the navigation even easier and faster. Examples:
1. Links to other MetGIS prediction areas in forecast display window.
2. Current forecast time is stored when moving from one parameter to another.
3. Meteorological values visible at head of mouse cursor when moving over the forecast map.

General revision of procedures for drawing special characters terminated. Point forecasts for Russia can now be displayed.

Extensive tests of MetGIS for various browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera) terminated. Removal of some inconsistencies and bugs in the display of meteorological forecasts.
11.4.2011Prototype of the WRF model for the South American Andes is now running.
31.1.2011Extension of the MetGIS Web Interface. WRF-based forecasts for Europe can be visualized.
22.11.2010Additionally introduced forecast areas: Northern India, Manali (Indian Himalaya).
15.10.2010Additionally introduced forecast areas: Himalaya, Bhutan, Western Bhutan.
8.10.2010Start of the test operation of a new LINUX-Server for MetGIS. First successful WRF model forecast run.
2.9.2010Forecast download time decreased by 80% through usage of new output file structures.

Possibility to print forecasts.
15.6.2010New forecast parameters: relative humidity, felt temperature (wind chill, heat index).

Additionally introduced forecast areas: Las Leñas, San Rafael (Argentina).
15.4.2010Best terrain resolution used for meteorological forecast increased from 100m to 30m.

Increased forecast range: now 7 day-forecasts are processed on demand (for point forecasts only).
30.1.2010Numerical point forecast values are displayed beside the city names (in “Color Areas” display style maps only).
15.1.2010Roads data base updated for most forecast regions of Chile, Argentina, Russia, Japan and Spain.

Point forecast function now available for all active geographic forecast sections.
10.12.2009Additionally introduced geographic forecast sections: Bregenzerwald, Schladming, Semmering (all Austria), Andorra, Northern Germany, Shara Mountains (Albania/Macedonia)
28.11.2009Forecasts for Korean Peninsula included in Japan forecast section.

Caucasus forecasts are available in Cyrillic letters (possible through inclusion of Unicode decoding).
30.10.2009Introduction of the so-called “automation block” concept to make the forecast production more efficient.

Additionally introduced geographic forecast sections in Peru (Lima, Cuzco, Cordillera Blanca), Patagonia (El Calafate, Tierra del Fuego) and the Antarctic region (Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula).
12.8.2009As another output option, MetGIS may produce gridded global forecast data in ASCII format.

Forecast range extended to 48 hours for all geographic forecast sections.
28.5.2009 Additionally introduced geographic forecast sections: Caucasus, Elbrus, Sochi (Russia).
14.3.2009Introduction of the possibility to create point forecasts in form of time series when clicking on the location of cities, villages and mountain tops in the forecast maps.
3.2.2009Possibility to create output of MetGIS forecasts in raster data format.

Additionally introduced geographic forecast section: Laguna Diamante (Argentina).
20.1.2009Extension of the high-resolution SRTM terrain data base.

Additionally introduced geographic forecast section: Aran (Spain).
20.12.2008MetGIS forecasts are available up to 1.5 hours earlier than before! Reason: Optimization of the forecast construction process, and access of GFS input data from the new and highly failsafe NOMADS High Availability Server.
6.11.2008Additionally introduced geographic forecast sections: Central Europe, Austria, Pyrenees, Albania.

Graphics: High-resolution topography is used as a background also for wind forecasts.

The forecast window now contains a button which, when pressed, reveals a translation of used meteorological terms and the names of steering elements.
1.7.2008Compact information brochures are available for download.

Information about MetGIS is now also offered in Russian.
29.5.2008Additionally introduced geographic forecast sections: Portillo, Valle Nevado/El Colorado/La Parva.

Upgrade of the geographic data base of the sections Pelambres1 and Aconcagua.
25.3.2008Speedup of entering the forecast display area: After selecting the geographic forecast section in the MetGIS start window, the window containing the latest available forecast pops up automatically (after entering user name and password). Previous forecasts can still be screened.
19.3.2008MetGIS has been adapted for operation over the South American continent.

Update and revision of the Spanish information available on the website.

Additionally introduced geographic forecast sections: Pelambres1, Pelambres2, region Santiago de Chile - Mendoza, Aconcagua, highway RN7 (Argentina).

Passwords, time zones and selectable parameters can now be set individually for each forecast domain by the system administrator.
25.2.2008Start to deliver specified forecast maps (temperature, 24-hour fresh snow amounts) for the Tyrolean avalanche control center.
31.1.2008Additionally introduced geographic forecast sections: Vorarlberg (contains also parts of western Tyrol and Grisons), Styria (contains parts of Burgenland), Carinthia (contains parts of Slovenia). Thus the national territory of Austria is now completely covered by MetGIS forecasts.

Introduction of a system of three parallel MetGIS graphics production servers.
13.1.2008Additionally introduced geographic forecast sections: Eastern Pyrenees (France and Spain), Fagaras Mountains (Romania).
28.12.2007Adjustments of the color scales for fresh snow and precipitation amounts.

Improvements in the labelling of the color scale legend.
9.12.2007 Earlier access to the forecast data. Before, these were made available as a whole only after the completion of all calculations. Now, the data for each domain and display style are accessible as soon as the relevant selection of graphics has been calculated.

Use of a second backup server for GFS data.

Additionally introduced geographic forecast section: Tyrol

Update of the example forecasts for Peru.
27.6.2007 A number of additional MetGIS demo cases has been made public.

Additionally introduced parameter (demo cases): wind (direction and speed)

Additionally introduced geographic forecast section: Glockner mountain range (Austria, 100 m horizontal resolution).
23.5.2007Use of a second GFS data server of the US National Weather Service as a backup data source.
23.3.2007Additional geographic forecast section: eastern Tyrol
8.3.2007Additional parameter: form of precipitation (rain, sleet, snow).

Improvements in the automation and transfer of GFS data.
19.2.2007Improved spatial resolution through area display of parameters.
2.2.2007Introduction of time lapse mode.

Improved perceivability of graphs through use of rounded values and smaller box sizes.

Modified calculation of the snow limit.
2.1.2007Computation of the first operational MetGIS forecasts (for Lower Austria, Upper Austria and western Tyrol).