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Upload vector layers to Windy.com in order to check the weather for your trip

Windy.com kml track uploaded example

An example of hiking route uploded to the Windy.com weather forecast platform (Ascanio/ Windy.com).

It’s been about half a year since the Windy.com launched an option to upload .kml, .gpx and .geojson files into the weather map. It happened thanks to the Leaflet-kml plugin, available here.
Apart from the Leaflet Javascript API map software, where we can use this plugin for loading our own .kml files, we can add them straight to the Windy.com service.

I would like to describe shortly how to do it:
1. First of all, you must register or login into the Windy.com platform
2. Upload files from your device (Pic. 1). You will see the list of the newest uploaded vector layer files from the other members of the Windy.com community.

Windy.com uploader

Pic. 1 Windy.com uploader panel with last files from the community.

3. Straight after upload, you should see your file at the top of the list (Pic. 2).

Windy.com uploaded file

Pic. 2 The .kml file uploaded to the Windy.com platform.

4. Where you have other options available (Pic. 3): copying the uploaded file link, remove the file, open the link in the Windy.com community

Windy.com file uploader

Pic. 3 Uploaded file in Windy.com with options available: 1 – Share (copy link to the clipboard); 2 – save the file on your device; 3 – see your file uploaded in the Windy.com community; 4 – remove your file.

In these 4 steps, your file has been uploaded to the Windy.com and published in the community at once. The .kml, .gpx and .geojson files represents the vector layers, so they’re interactive. After zooming, you will see many more details the same as in i.e. Google Earth (Pic. 4).

Windy.com kml file uploaded solar eclipse 2020

Pic. 4 An example of .kml file uploaded to Windy.com – Total solar eclipse 2020 path across the Andes (Xjubier.free.fr).

The major advantage of this exercise is, that unlike to Google Earth, where you can see the terrain only (what you can also see in Windy.com, making maximum zoom, because the portal uses the Mapy.cz topographic (outdoor) tiles), here you can get the weather forecast. Having your file uploaded, which contains some interesting places/spots or celestial events checking and comparing the weather will be simply issued. It was roughly described in this article previously, although some changes happened since that time, so possibly some updates can be necessary.
Now you can enter this file through two ways:
– via the link, copied into the clipboard like below:
https://www.windy.com/upload/5dd3f6bfbb55490019025345?-53.975,-56.213,3

– via the Windy.com community (Pic. 4), where you also can get info about your file from permalink.

KML file in Windy.com community

Pic. 4 My .kml file in Windy.com community. Take a look at the permalink and number of your file.

The number of my file – 1662 means, that this is 1662nd file since the project has been launched. To see the file in an interactive version in Windy.com, you must click on the blue link just above the picture on the left. The tool will assign the coordinates permalink instantly, so next to your upload link, you will get the latitude and longitude of your uploaded file.

That’s it. My two files have been uploaded to the Windy.com
They have been downloaded from the Xavier Jubier’s eclipse page in .kmz format, next extracted into .kml. They refer to the forthcoming total solar eclipses in 2020 and 2024 and are available in the links below:

Total solar eclipse 2020 Chile & Argentina

Greatest American Eclipse 2024 (8.04.2024)

These examples are one of the best, as we can populate with the weather forecast background. You can upload your own examples, like journey routes, interesting spots, etc. Next check the live weather forecast, but not earlier, than one week before. I will back to longer weather predictions in the future.

Mariusz Krukar

Links:

  1. https://www.windy.com/plugins
  2. https://www.windy.com/uploader
  3. https://community.windy.com/topic/8514/your-map-uploads
  4. Xavier Jubier’s solar eclipse .kmz files repository

Forums:

  1. https://community.windy.com/topic/5358/import-a-kml-kmz-file/6
  2. https://community.windy.com/topic/8532/upload-display-and-share-your-kml-gpx-or-geojson-on-windy

 

Read also:

  1. How to plan your weekend trip quickly?
  2. Content management in KML files
  3. Excel Spreadsheet batch data geocoding for GeoJSON and JSON files
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