December 1st 2020, yr.no will look different. We then direct the web address yr.no over to our new websites and thus retire our old website.
The new website is actually not that new - it was launched in 2016 as a modernization of the old mobile pages and have accounted for over 20 percent of Yr's website usage. But now they have replaced the old desktop site.
Why are you developing a new website?
Yr is for everyone! And we mean everyone. Even if you are dependent on aids such as a screen reader, Yr should work for you as well. We are able to achieve this on our new website. This is one of the reasons why it is so important for us to make a new and modern web solution for Yr.
It will now require less resources to display the weather forecast on the screen thanks to the modernization. This is especially important when you are in areas with poor coverage and improvement from the old websites.
The new web pages are designed to adapt to the users screen size. This means that we are now only developing Yr on one web solution that will work well regardless of screen sizes. It also means that we can use our resources better focusing our attention on, and maintaining fewer solutions. This means more speed in the development of Yr in the future.
Is there any new content on the new website?
The biggest change is first and foremost a new structure of the pages, completely new technology and a far more modern and airy design.
But it's not just new design. The nowcast that you see at the top of the site page is new and gives you completely up-to-date information about temperature, cloud cover, wind and precipitation for the location you have searched for. Cloud cover symbol and precipitation information are updated here every 5 minutes. In particular, the precipitation graph for the next 90 minutes is useful in planning everyday activities.
New is also additional information related to the point you see the forecast for, such as air quality, pollen, UV forecast and bathing temperatures. You can find this information on the "Nearby" page.
It is also worth pointing out that we have made a significant upgrade of the site that shows weather for mountain passes. We have gathered useful information from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration together with the weather forecast. This makes it easier to plan trips along these routes. We have also created a new overview page for weather warnings. Here you can sort the warnings according to severity and event type. Eventually you will also be able to sort them by region / area.
We will continue developing the new web pages based on feedback from our users.
Will I still be able to use Yr.no as it is today?
As a user, you do not have to do anything to continue using Yr.no. The new web pages will simply replace old desktop pages on the same adresse.
The old website has been moved to another adresse, retro.yr.no. This is because some content is not ready to be moved to anew location yet, but will still be available on the old web pages. That way, people have time to get used to the new pages.
In the long run, the old desktop pages will be completely removed, but not until we know that the new pages meet the needs of our users.
There is content on the old web pages that is not included on our new pages. We develop content by prioritizing the most important and popular content first. That means content will be added continually as time goes by.
However, some we do plan to remove som content altogether. This is usually content that we see that users rarely use, or that we incorporate in some other way. There may also be specialized content we won´t have on Yr, but rather refer users to other web sites.
Help! I can´t find the content I used on the old websites
Most of the information on the new web pages is related to the location you are searching for. To see what is available you should start by searching for a location and go to the location page. Here you will see all available data.
If there are still content you can not find, it may be worthwhile to take a look at the help function that hides behind the yellow button in the bottom right corner. Here we post tips and hints that will help you.
There are also a few things that have not been included on the new website, but that will get a new home on a completely new website that is under development by the Meteorological Institute. This includes text forecasts, the meteorologist's weather maps (analysis and forecast maps) and satellite images. Until the new website is in place, you will find links at the bottom of the front page.
Why can't I find pictures from the webcams?
Unfortunately, we lost our previous supplier of images from webcams. We have fortunately found a solution in collaboration with the Norwegian Air Ambulance that will give us good coverage of webcams in Norway, which we will have in place on the new website at some point.
On the “Mountain crossing” page, pictures from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration are shown for different mountain crossings.
Where are the radar images?
You will find radar images on the new web pages (and in the apps) under the "Maps" tab. Here you will also find the forecast for rain in the radar images 90 minutes ahead. We have written an article about this precipitation forecast that explains how it works (for the nordic countries).
Where can I find the hourly forecast?
To get the hourly forecast you can click on the rows of the long term forecast. We have hourly data for the 3 next days.
Why do I find a detailed weather forecast?
We have a table with detailed information about the weather, just like the one on the old website. You can find the table by opening the "Details"-tab at the top of the page after you choose a location page.
Where did all the maps go?
As you have noticed, there are fewer maps on the new web pages. Unfortunately, the maps on the old websites have long had technical challenges and were perceived as slow. We are therefore working on new and better map for the new web pages. Working with maps is challenging, but we are in the working in it and will release new maps continuously when we first start. Improvements can be expected here during 2021.
The old maps are for the time being available at retro.yr.no/kart.
Will I have access to "Observations" other places on Yr.no?
Observations and historical data is available on the new website now. Historical data is only available for locations in Norway. Here you can find observations from the nearest weather-stations to your selected location.
Why are you removing the meteogram with observations?
The systems that are delivering this graph is shut down and won't support this content anymore. We are currently focusing on creating new content on our new website that will meet the same needs.
Where can I find the weather records?
The system that provided data on weather records has been shut down and we currently have no data available. We do want to provide information om weather records om Yr and have plans for this on our new website. It may take some time before it is available.
Where can I find climate information?
The system that provided data on climate has been shut down and we currently have no data available. We do want to have climate data on Yr and are currently working out what kind of content this should be. It may take some time before new climate pages are available.
Questions about location names?
We actually have a separate article about location names. In the article, you get information about where the location names on Yr are from, and who to contact in the event of any errors.