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  1. #81  
    Great job, Quickster. Gives me something to do as I sit in Jacksonville watching the next one come our way!!
  2.    #82  
    Quote Originally Posted by banquo
    Great job, Quickster. Gives me something to do as I sit in Jacksonville watching the next one come our way!!
    Well, I can think of several other ways I would rather spend my time than tracking hurricanes.

    Hope you, and me, do not get too much of Ivan as Charley and Frances was plenty.
    The Quickster
    "I'm your Huckleberry!"
  3. #83  
    Well, I just returned from my trip to Puerto Rico and it was very good to have all this info available at any time. Nothing major down there...and I hope that Ivan stays away from Florida. Thanks again, Quickster.
    Me = Nokia 5170/Palm III > Kyocera 6035 > Treo 600 > Treo 650 > Treo 700p > Treo 755p > Treo Pro > Palm Pre

    Wife = Treo 600 > Treo 650 > Treo 755p > Palm Centro > Palm Pixi
  4. #84  
    <p>Quickster:

    Tropical depression 11 is almost here. How about:

    1. Adding a Rename Storm command so we don't have to reenter data when its name changes?

    2. Add a Tropical Depression category before Tropical Storm?

    3 When I delete a storm I don't necessarily want to enter another one immediately Please change the commands so that Delete is only delete and if I want a new one I'll tap on New.

    4. Still missing heading and speed of movement.

    Thanks!
    </p>
    Josť

    Palm IIIx -> m505 -> Treo 600 -> Treo 700p
  5.    #85  
    Quote Originally Posted by JFReyes
    <p>Quickster:

    Tropical depression 11 is almost here. How about:

    1. Adding a Rename Storm command so we don't have to reenter data when its name changes?

    2. Add a Tropical Depression category before Tropical Storm?

    3 When I delete a storm I don't necessarily want to enter another one immediately Please change the commands so that Delete is only delete and if I want a new one I'll tap on New.

    4. Still missing heading and speed of movement.

    Thanks!
    </p>
    Some of these are already in my next update.

    However, on item 3, if you have more than one storm, like two or three, you do not have to create a new one when you delete one. You can just select another storm from the list. But if you only have one storm and delete that storm then you need to create a new one.
    The Quickster
    "I'm your Huckleberry!"
  6.    #86  
    Does anyone use the notes field for making notes about a storm? Was thinking about removing this and making room for a speed and heading field.

    Just a thought so let me know if you have an opinion.
    The Quickster
    "I'm your Huckleberry!"
  7. #87  
    Quote Originally Posted by quickster
    Does anyone use the notes field for making notes about a storm? Was thinking about removing this and making room for a speed and heading field.

    Just a thought so let me know if you have an opinion.
    Not at all. I started adding the "Advisory Number" during Frances, but now I don't use it.
    Me = Nokia 5170/Palm III > Kyocera 6035 > Treo 600 > Treo 650 > Treo 700p > Treo 755p > Treo Pro > Palm Pre

    Wife = Treo 600 > Treo 650 > Treo 755p > Palm Centro > Palm Pixi
  8. #88  
    Quote Originally Posted by quickster
    Does anyone use the notes field for making notes about a storm? Was thinking about removing this and making room for a speed and heading field.

    Just a thought so let me know if you have an opinion.

    Actually, I used this area for noting speed and heading, so making it primary for the speed and heading would suit me perfectly.
  9. #89  
    I use the notes field for noting speed and heading as well. I agree with treomojo, if this field could be changed to show speed and heading that would be perfect.

    Looks like Ivan will be hitting the western panhandle of Florida or even as far west as Louisiana. Good luck to everyone there! And thanks again for the great app QUICKSTER!
  10. #90  
    One tiny buglet...

    If I am entering data and moving from field to field using the 5-way, the category field does not automatically update (after wind is entered). You need to tap-enter to make that field auto update.

    Go figure !

    P.S. Loving the app.. (Did you email my friend?)
  11. #91  
    Quote Originally Posted by quickster
    Does anyone use the notes field for making notes about a storm? Was thinking about removing this and making room for a speed and heading field.

    Just a thought so let me know if you have an opinion.
    Hi again:

    I still believe the user shouldn't be forced to create a new storm, nor select an existing one upon deleting a storm database; perhaps it should ask first. However, I can live with it .

    I also agree with the other users that the notes field could be put to better use if reassigned to heading and speed. How about plotting the last data point as a little arrow pointed towards the storm's heading, with perhaps some color coding to indicate its speed range (e.g. blue 1-5 MPH, yellow 6-10 MPH, red 10-15 MPH, etc).

    Keep up the good work, man. Thanks.

    Regards,
    Josť

    Palm IIIx -> m505 -> Treo 600 -> Treo 700p
  12.    #92  
    Quote Originally Posted by JFReyes
    Hi again:

    I still believe the user shouldn't be forced to create a new storm, nor select an existing one upon deleting a storm database; perhaps it should ask first. However, I can live with it .

    Keep up the good work, man. Thanks.

    Regards,
    When you delete a storm you are deleting the current/active storm. So, when it is deleted you have no active storm. Now I could just activate the first one in the list but why? Just give the User the choice of selecting the storm. I mean, sooner or later you gotta pick another one so do it sooner than later.
    The Quickster
    "I'm your Huckleberry!"
  13.    #93  
    Quote Originally Posted by jaytee
    One tiny buglet...

    If I am entering data and moving from field to field using the 5-way, the category field does not automatically update (after wind is entered). You need to tap-enter to make that field auto update.

    Go figure !

    P.S. Loving the app.. (Did you email my friend?)
    You know, it works on my Tungsten C and Tungsten 3 but not on the Treo. So, I am about to change the code and make it work correctly. Another thing that works on the other two is pushing the center button saves the data. Another reason for skipping the Treo 5 way code.

    My eMail package will go out tonight. Darned real work gets in the way of everything. I also might have found a source for data in the correct format. We shall see.
    The Quickster
    "I'm your Huckleberry!"
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    #94  
    Hi Quickster.

    Thanks for keeping up the great work on Tracker. I know during Frances, now Ivan and Jeanne (sp?) this is the little program that's stealing the show!

    I'm looking forward to the new version. Thanks again.

    -Zero

    PS: Thoughts for those in Ivan's path. Never a good feeling.
  15. #95  
    Quickster, GREAT JOB!
  16. #96  
    Quickster, excellent work. As one who splits his time between upstate NY and St. Pete Beach, with me spending most of my time at the former and my wife at the latter, this is incredibly handy. I'm most anxious to see the wireless data retrieval!

    A couple of suggestions:

    1. Is it me, or can I not seem to get the 5-way Treo navigator to reach the date or time entries for inputting coordinates?

    2. I agree with an earlier proposal to add another map layer depicting geographic place names. I'll be darned if I know one island from another.

    3. (OK, this is probably a programming stretch, but...) NOAA releases charts of strike probabilities on a fixed list of locations. How about allowing that to be downloaded and/or input to graphically display the "danger cone" of predicted path and/or landfall?

    Again, keep up the good work!
  17. #97  
    Is it possible to get a list of features and maybe some screenshots of this program?
    I'm also interested in how it updates itself with the latest information.
  18.    #98  
    Quote Originally Posted by Primate
    Is it possible to get a list of features and maybe some screenshots of this program?
    I'm also interested in how it updates itself with the latest information.
    You can visit my web site, www.thequickster.com, and the products page and see some screen shots. You can also download it from there as well as some hurricane databases supplied by Greg Marrs and look at it on your device.

    As for the automatic updates. I am still looking for a site to do this. A couple of the BIG weather sties have agreed to do it for about $1500 a month. I will not disclose my answer to them in public, however. So, still lookin for that niche to be filled. There are a couple more I am looking at but we shall see what happens. Not holding my breath right now.
    The Quickster
    "I'm your Huckleberry!"
  19. #99  
    Quote Originally Posted by quickster
    You can visit my web site, www.thequickster.com, and the products page and see some screen shots. You can also download it from there as well as some hurricane databases supplied by Greg Marrs and look at it on your device.
    Could you post the latest Ivan and Jeanne databases here on on your website? I get busy and fall behind on tracking them.

    I would like to have NHC track predictions updated regularly on my Treo. This would be quite valuable but I don't see how it would be feasable.
  20.    #100  
    Here is the latest Ivan and Jeanne just updated from NOAA at 11:00am.

    And here is another interesting article found this morning.

    Ivan Could Be Just A Messenger

    Hurricane Ivan is among the most powerful Atlantic storms in recent history, and more such storms are likely in the future due to global warming, say climate experts.

    "Global warming is creating conditions that (are) more favorable for hurricanes to develop and be more severe," said Kevin Trenberth, head of the climate analysis section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

    While few climate and hurricane experts are willing to go that far publicly, there is little debate that the Earth is retaining more of the sun's energy than in the past. Emissions of gases such as carbon dioxide act as an extra blanket that keeps some of the sun's energy from dissipating into space. The extra energy from this "greenhouse effect" has already warmed the Earth by about 1 degree Fahrenheit, according to the 2001 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report is based on evidence and research from more than 2,500 scientists from about 100 countries.

    Hurricanes need warm water, and the oceans are heating up, as evidenced by the 1 1/4-inch rise in global sea levels over the past 10 years, said Trenberth. The additional heat is causing most of this sea level rise because of thermal expansion -- just as a very full pot of water heated on a stove will spill over.

    While the warming of the oceans isn't uniform -- the north Pacific and north Atlantic are a bit cooler over the past 10 years -- the hurricane-producing mid-Atlantic and Caribbean oceans are warmer and, most important, there is more water vapor in the air.

    Water vapor or moisture in the air is the high-octane fuel of hurricanes. Oceans need to be 80 degrees Fahrenheit or more to produce enough water vapor for a hurricane to get started. New research by Trenberth's group has found that water-vapor levels are now 15 percent higher on average in the hurricane zone than they were 20 or 30 years ago.

    Will that result in more Category 4 or 5 storms? "That's the logical conclusion, although it may be somewhat controversial," Trenberth said.

    Before it struck Cuba a glancing blow, Ivan was a Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, which rates hurricanes from one to five according to wind speeds and destructive potential. Category 5 hurricanes have winds that blow continuously above 155 mph. Ivan's gusts topped 200 mph at times, and it is considered the sixth most powerful hurricane on record for the Atlantic Basin.

    Hurricanes need exactly the right conditions to form, and warm water and high water-vapor levels are just two of the ingredients, said David Battisti, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Washington.

    However, global warming is greatly increasing the odds in favor of more intense and more frequent hurricanes and cyclones, Battisti said. Where these storms will appear is very difficult to predict. Traditional hurricane zones may not see any increase while countries that have never experienced them will, he said.

    Brazil was struck by the first-ever hurricane in the south Atlantic last March, while the Atlantic coast of Canada got smacked by the storm of the century, Hurricane Juan, late last year. While these may be flukes, the Canadian government suspects global warming and is worried about the future.

    "What is certain, the Earth is trapping more energy and that energy must be dissipated," Battisti said.

    Largely unnoticed in the attention focused on hurricanes is the record number of tornadoes the United States has experienced this year. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency says a record 173 tornadoes were reported in the month of August, 47 more than the previous record, set in 1979. Iowa has already experienced a record high of 110 tornadoes this year, when its 30-year average is just 45.

    As for thunderstorms, "the evidence is very strong that their frequency and intensity has increased in the U.S.," said Trenberth.

    The changing ocean and atmospheric conditions due to global warming are also making historical weather cycles or patterns less useful in helping to do long-range climate forecasts, said Battisti. "In 50 years, conditions will be so different they will overwhelm these historical cycles."
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