Dear Kanda Weather Group,
in the following we will describe our approach towards solving the task of developing an UI dashboard that displays valuable weather information.
The three main 'technologies' used to develop our application are React, Node.js and Typescript.
Additionally, to order and access the given information better, we've developed a file system which is based on individual .json files. These are used instead of the raw .txt files we've been given as templates. With this change, sorting information becomes easier, as the individual file names indicate the date of the given forecasts (pattern: ddmmyyyy.json), thus rendering multiple accesses in order to find the correct date/forecast useless. At the same time, accessing data becomes less of a hassle both memory-wise and time-wise, as it's a direct process: either the fetch returns a result, or it doesn't find anything; it doesn't search for data, which would've been the case had we used .txt files. (Note: the code for finding the correct forecast using the .txt files can still be found in FetchForecasts.ts)
In order to implement that which is described above, we manually transcribed the given data from the .txt file to individual .json files. This would constitute a necessary adjustment: the input has to be saved according to our method in order for the maximal efficiency to be guaranteed. Also, in this system forecasts can be changed with a lot less effort, as it is more user-friendly due to its readability. Another advantage of this system is that new locations can be smoothly added using our locations.json file, which means that our application is also expandable to more regions.
In addition to using the given data from the forecast (or rather hindcast) templates, we've also implemented a function to fetch the soil moisture for a given region and date using the dClimate API. If a certain level of flood risk is reached, the user is notified accordingly. Similarly, we have added a display for the air quality of the region, which is made using the open-source OpenAQ API. The user will also be notified if the air quality is particularly bad.
Link to the github repo: https://github.com/mateeeeeo/taikai-weather2021