I didn’t think this through yet, but currently all graphs are made in such a way that they could be printed, if you wanted to. However many (if not all by now) people view the data from a screen. This would open up the possibility of animated graphs.
That might sound strange at first, but take for example the wind speed and direction. Currently the direction is shown as a little arrow and the strength as a graph. I’ve seen other graphs in other software where the direction is plotted as a graph, but then values wrap around from 360 to 0, and the graph looks odd when this happens.
Imagine instead some flow where points move in some direction to indicate the wind direction. This flow direction could change, so on the left hand side of the graph (some time earlier) the points are flowing in one direction, and on the right hand side (current time) the points are flowing in another direction.
I’m not saying this is better, I’m just trying to think a little bit out of the box, away from static graphs. Including animation gives an opportunity to display more info in the same space or represent data in a different way. Perhaps you guys can come up with even better suggestions or we could toss this idea out of the window, right now.
Rain rate could be shown like this as well. eg. on the left side a lot of rain (some time ago) and on the right hand side just a little animated rain (current time)
Note that I do prefer to keep the exact graphs as well. I’m just thinking aloud.