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.