The 2016 Summer season has now come to a close in Yellowstone. We would like to thank everyone for using GeyserTimes. It is because of the people that enter data that makes this project as valuable as it is to the entire community.
Attached is a summary of the data that the community collected during this last summer.
2016 Summer GT Stats
Thanks for making GT what it is today!
We’ve been working on enhancements to GeyserTimes, mostly on the electronic data logger side of things, to help with collecting, analyzing and reporting on electronically monitored geysers. These include:
- A new punchcard to show available data for data loggers.
- Notes for data loggers
- Additional admin data logger functions
I’m very excited that there have been two recent permits issued in Yellowstone to study geysers. I’m proud that GeyserTimes has been identified as a way to help make such data available to the public.
In non-data logger improvements, GeyserTimes now shows flagged eruptions with a flag icon on both the home page and individual geyser pages.
We just put some new features on the site tonight!
- Initial to initial stats
- Search bar behavior fix
- Fixed a timezone issue on the data logger charts
- Fixed some problems with long usernames and their behavior in the header bar
- Interval display – If two consecutive eruptions are entered in to the second resolution the interval will display seconds
- Some fixes and additions to the data logger management system
- Cleaned up some old files
- Removed v3 of the API. Please use v4.
FYI to anybody using our API. We will be turning off v3 very soon. Please make sure your scripts are using v4 of the API. This winter we will be working on a v5 of the API that will include more functions.
Information on how to use our API is listed at http://geysertimes.org/api/v4/docs/index.php
Released an update to the app that only changes some back end code to help reduce stress on the server.
Just a heads up. The main prediction server (geysers.net) for GeyserTimes is currently down. The server crashed and Alan has to rebuild the server that provided the predictions. In the meantime we have been working on a new prediction engine that will be hosted on our own server to eventually replace the current server. The new system is not fully ready yet but we have released part of it so we will at least have predictions for Old Faithful. We hope to get the geysers.net prediction server and/ or the GeyserTimes prediction engine fully operational in the near future.
Released an update to the Android app that allows for a simple filter to hide all features that are not in Yellowstone from the summary screens. This setting is turned off by default so you will need to manually turn it on if you only want to see features in Yellowstone.
Published an update today that fixes a bug that was causing a false error message when entering Grand Geyser eruptions.
Fixed a bug on the sync adapter with the app that entries would not sync under a certain circumstance. Also added a rule to the duration parser so it will not parse any durations that contain a “/” until we get time to correctly handle those durations.
On April 15, 2011, GeyserTimes first went live. It looked like this.
Since then, over 800,000 geyser eruption observations have been entered into the online database. A lot of features have been added over time including connecting to Alan Glennon’s geysers.net database, an Android App developed by Will Boekel that affords offline access to the data, and an application for archiving and viewing electronic temperature monitoring data.
Still, there are things I would like to do with GeyserTimes that I’ve been dreaming about since day 1. Predictions can be improved as well as data analysis tools.
Of course, GeyserTimes wouldn’t be such a success were it not for the community of gazers dutifully entering information every time a geyser is observed erupting. Geyser gazing had long been a “crowd-sourcing” effort (on paper) before the phrase had even been coined. GeyserTimes has just been the internet-based, real-time, <insert tech buzzword> continuation of those decades of geyser gazing.
I’ll leave you with some print-outs that I received from Ralph Taylor in September 2010. I remember it quite clearly. It was like Christmas morning for me when Ralph pulled up in his truck and gave me statistical evaluations of recent geyser activity (1 MB). (It was during a period of false Beehive’s Indicator eruptions so it was very helpful!) I couldn’t get enough of the stats and charts. Geysers bring two things I love together: Yellowstone and statistics. Ralph’s work continues to be an inspiration. A few months after that Christmas in September, I started GeyserTimes.