Hyperlocal Rainfall

MAP Rain – new forecast alert dashboard

Our new MAP Rain alert dashboard now makes it much easier to keep track of forecast rain alerts for Points and Polygons in your area of interest. The alert dashboard updates every 5 minutes, as new rainfall data arrives, and updates the colour of your Points and Polygons depending on the level of flood risk. The alert dashboard also displays an animation of the forecast rainfall across the UK

The new forecast alert dashboard provides a simple way to see the alert status of your Points and Polygons along with an annimation of the forecast rainfall for the next 36 hours. We have designed this as a simple way to monitor flooding risk 24/7.

For a live demonstration of MAP Rain then click here and set Username and Password both to demo.

Toggling between current (Query) view and new Alert view

We have added a new button which switches between the existing view of the dashboard and the new Alert view.

New Alert view

The purpose of this new Alert view is to provide customers with a simplified 24/7 view of the rainfall and associated alerts in their area of interest.

  1. Click on the “Show Alarms” button to see the forecast state of your Points and Polygons
  2. The Alert colour will change as the alert state changes. The Points and Polygons will default to show the green Clear alert
  3. The dashboard refreshes every 5 minute so both the dashboard and the emailed alerts will be synchronised
  4. You can add an animation of the forecast rainfall for the next 36 hours. The animation shows the forecast rainfall for each hour and continuously replays. You can customise the speed of the update, the opacity of the image and the forecast duration
  5. You can stop the animation and use the Show Rainfall button to select historic or forecast rainfall for a particular time using the time slider that will appear. Note: The Points and Polygon alerts will not display historic colour changes, they only show show forecast alerts
  6. The forecast rainfall is displayed for the whole of the UK so you can have a better understanding of the rain that will impact your area of interest.
    Can switch back to the original dashboard view using the “Switch View” button.

Hyperlocal Rainfall – Traffic Diversion

Hyperlocal Rainfall is an add on to our core MAP Rain solution. Using the latest radar rainfall data it predicts the path of the every rain cell (1km x1km) every 5 minutes for the next hour. When new radar rainfall arrives (which is every 5 minutes) it creates another set of predictions so you get […]

Download the Hyperlocal Rainfall App on Android and iPhone

Meniscus Systems have officially released the Hyperlocal Rainfall App onto iTunes.

Users can now download the app on:

Android – Google Play

iOS – iTunes

The simple-to-use ‘Hyperlocal Rainfall’ App uses GPS location for point-to-point journeys, to provide highly-localised rainfall predictions for imminent time-windows, allowing users to plan their journeys. Using the App allows them to undertake healthy activities, to save wasted time or dress appropriately – making life better – by using constantly shifting and updated detailed data to predict localized rainfall and rain-free periods. The App can help answer questions such as:

  • Can I cycle or do I have to drive?
  • Will it rain soon and save me watering the garden or
  • do I need to get the hose out?
  • Can I walk the dog now, or a bit later, and avoid ‘wet dog’ syndrome?
  • Can I walk or cycle now without getting soaked?
  • Can I leave my raincoat at home or should I take it?
  • Is it OK to put the washing out?
  • Is today the right day to fix the roof?
  • Do we have a BBQ today?


The main benefits from using the Hyperlocal Rainfall:

  • Predictions are based on actual rainfall that is updated every 5 minutes so they are accurate
  • Allows users to skip forward in time to see if they can delay their Journey start
  • Users can see the predicted rainfall along the course of their Route
  • Can create specific Hyperlocal Hotspots for any Council. This ‘opens’ a window around an area so that anyone can use the app in this area. Specifically created for Councils and Smart Cities so that the app remains free to residents.
  • All API based so information can be readily integrated into your own platforms/services