The Stations List-View Page
When you’ve selected your choice of stations – whether by region, random, or remember – Bombora presents you with a detailed list of those stations. This screen is chock full of information, so we’d like to help make sure that you know what to do with it all.Search
At the top of the list view is a search bar. This field allows you to search for a specific buoy, either by buoy name or by the NDBC station ID. If you know what buoys you’re looking for – but don’t feel like scrolling through our comprehensive list – you can find a station in the NDBC network really quick this way.
When available, this button allows you to view the stations on your current list on Google Maps, where a status icon is located to relay some essential information.
The List-View, Status Icons, & More
There are three components to a station on the list-view page:
- The “status icon” for that station.
- The station name and meta-information.
- The selection arrow for a detailed view of that station’s data.
Let’s talk about the status icons. The status icons are located on the left side of the list-view screen. There are three different status icons – waves (blue wave,) wind (green windmill,) and atmospheric conditions (orange sun.)
Which icon is displayed depends on what information is available from the NOAA servers – allow me to explain…
The first thing that’s important to understand about these stations is that they contain a wide variety of instrumentation. For example, CMAN stations (which are land-based) don’t provide wave information – and most directional buoys can’t or don’t provide wind or other meteorological data. The harsh conditions of an aquatic existence often cause instrumentation to break down. Occasionally, a buoy will even float away…Our server, luckily, knows what data measurements a particular station supports.
When Bombora checks the database, it asks “does this station support wave data?”
- If the answer is yes, Bombora will overlay the latest swell height and swell period over the blue wave status icon.
If the answer is no, Bombora then asks the database “does this station support wind data?”
- If the answer is yes, Bombora will overlay the latest wind speed and wind direction over the green windmill status icon.
If the answer is no, Bombora looks for the only remaining option – atmospheric data – and overlays the air temperature over the orange sun status icon.
When we launch Bombora, and tap over to a station list-view page, we can get a quick sense of what’s happening at the station or stations we’re interested in – with a single tap (!)
Station Name and Meta-Information
In the center of the list-view are three lines of text:
- The top line of text is the buoy name, as retrieved from the NDBC site.
- The middle line of text uses iOS location services to determine how far away and in what direction the station is headed from your current location.
- The last line of text describes the Region, Type, and NDBC ID of the station. For example: Gulf of Alaska (Region) 6m NOMAD Buoy (Type) 46078 (NDBC ID.)
Last, we have the arrow on the right, which will take us to a detailed view of the station we select.