Reviving Rainchasers

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Reviving Rainchasers

Post by robt » Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:45 pm

I've been messing around reviving the rainchasers site recently as something a little different. It remains a work in progress but the levels page has now begun to be useful...

http://rainchasers.com/river

You may or may not agree with the calibrations, I'd be interested to hear better/additional ones.

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Post by DaveBland » Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:55 pm

That's cool.
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Post by Niall Milner » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:07 pm

Looks good!

To my Wheresthewater accustomed eyes I thought it was going off in the North of England, and then realised the colours seems to go the other way. Could get confusing.......

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Post by benpilkington » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:09 pm

Niall Milner wrote:Looks good!

To my Wheresthewater accustomed eyes I thought it was going off in the North of England, and then realised the colours seems to go the other way. Could get confusing.......

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Exactly the same here! Looks groovy though

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Post by DaveBland » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:15 pm

I'd have thought that Green for "Good to Go", Amber for "Might Go" and Red for "No Go" was universal?
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Post by Poke » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:20 pm

DaveBland wrote:I'd have thought that Green for "Good to Go", Amber for "Might Go" and Red for "No Go" was universal?
What happens when it's too high then?
Does it revert to red? ;-)

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Re: Reviving Rainchasers

Post by DaveBland » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:30 pm

Poke wrote:
DaveBland wrote:I'd have thought that Green for "Good to Go", Amber for "Might Go" and Red for "No Go" was universal?
What happens when it's too high then?
Does it revert to red? ;-)

Good work hobbit-boy!

That'd be my vote. Most rivers have an optimum range. Within that range I'd have Green. Then there's the still paddlable range which may be a bit lower than ideal or higher than most would like, but still worth a punt that I'd do as Amber, then Red would be way low or waaay high.

This is based on the assumption that the rivers have acknowledged optimum ranges and that this is a 'guide'.

Only trying to put an alternative opinion in. I think the site rocks whatever.
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Re: Reviving Rainchasers

Post by robt » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:35 pm

Poke wrote:What happens when it's too high then?
Does it revert to red? ;-)
Yes -- if the river has a calibrated max it will go red when it goes above this.

Its traffic lights -- I appreciate that this doesn't work in the same colour codes as where's the water, but in my opinion its daft to use traffic light colours and have red as 'go go go, river perfect'.

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Post by Niall Milner » Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:08 pm

I think the WTW colouring is based more around making the "joe average" who may stumble across the site think about themselves relative to the river - rather than simply being seen to be issuing an "instruction" of 'Go' or 'Stop'.

Green to Orange defines 'Low but paddleable' (which is not the same as Low) to High - remember with traffic lights orange means 'proceed with caution'. High, which may draw some like a moth to a flame could spell trouble for many.

I wouldn't say that Huge (scarlet red) means go, go, go!

I'm not trying to say there's a wrong and right way to go about this (God knows we don't need another grading related style thread with the added dimension of colour!!)....

....but WTW is well understood and long established and as I originally said, having two systems, trying to show the same information, where the colours very much mean the opposite is confusing.

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Re: Reviving Rainchasers

Post by Paul Stewart » Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:18 pm

Great job Rob! Really like the site even in its early format. I'm about to download the Satnav POI files too, is that every access/egress for all the rivers on the site so far?

Keep up the good work, I'm certainly appreciating it.
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Post by biketastik » Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:51 am

Excellent :D I've nabbed your google earth poi's and their awesome :D excellent resource, nice one!

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Post by nickbennett » Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:48 am

Awesome site, really good to see someone getting all the info together. They use the same colour code system on american white water and it works well. Have to say I like WTW's system more, nothing more exciting than scotland with chicken pox!

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Post by Unsponsored » Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:26 am

Great that this is back up again. Happy to help out if I can.

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Re: Reviving Rainchasers

Post by AlexHolt » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:04 am

Looks great, fantastic work - many thanks!

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Re: Reviving Rainchasers

Post by Harry Wood » Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:14 pm

Wow! It's amazing Rob.

One day I'll get around to doing some nice custom river map rendering which you could integrate on this site.

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Re: Reviving Rainchasers

Post by RichA » Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:17 pm

Brilliant, gonna be very useful!

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