The Météo Tropicale website is completely voluntary. All the content (live cyclone tracking, stats, weather analyzes, videos, etc.) is completely accessible for free without any need to register and no advertising is displayed so as not to stalk your privacy more than it does. 'is already. These choices are perfectly accepted but sometimes a little difficult to implement.
This site is very comprehensive and is enriched with new features almost every month. But the downside is that it requires a lot of computer resources to operate. Every 6 hours it automatically retrieves the outputs of 4 forecast models (Arpège, Arome, GFS et ECMWF), satellite images, weather reports from more than 500 stations and airports and a lot of other weather data. All of this information needs to be loaded, stored and processed. Just as an example, every 6 hours more than 2 tera bytes are loaded for the grib files of the models and which are processed to be inserted into the database. That's a lot, a lot of data, and that 4 times a day.
Currently the site uses 1 dedicated server for all its activity, including the display of pages. When an analysis is published for a system close to the West Indies, more than 3.000 people connect almost simultaneously, which explains why sometimes access to the site becomes impossible, despite all the optimizations that I do regularly to improve algorithms.
There is no problem, it works. It's a little tense sometimes, but it works. It held up last season but we had no real alarm on the West Indies. It is possible that in the event of a proven risk, the volume of connections will increase significantly and that the server will have more and more periods of instability. Ideally there should be a server for the back office which stores and processes the data and a server for the front office, ie the display of the site. But the cost (of the order of € 1.000 per year per server plus that of licenses for various software and plugins of the order of € 500 per year) is high and for the moment it will stay that way.
This is where support and donations can help evolve the infrastructure and bring new, more relevant functionality, especially in the analysis and transcription of forecast data into understandable language or an information system. by email (or, let's dream a little, by SMS) in the event of a threat.
There is of course no obligation and the site will continue to operate with or without support. So, if you don't want to or can't, you absolutely won't have to and you can still continue to benefit from automated cyclone tracking and regularly published analytics or video podcasts. But if you can and want to support the project a little bit, then the site will evolve and everyone will benefit (and I have lots of ideas for new prevention and warning tools). There is no minimum amount, it is at your sole discretion.
Anyway, whether you support the site or not, thank you for your trust and diligence, it is an honor for me to see how loyal you are to Météo Tropicale. Once again, a big thank you.