Where I live the weather remains much the same about 330 days a year. Mostly sunny with a chance for rain. Overnight lows in the 70s and daytime highs in the 80s. It’s rough, but somebody has to be around to enjoy such paradise, so it might as well be me.
What is surprising here is how much weather plays a part in the daily news. Yes, TV meteorologists have all the high tech weather graphics and explain what’s happening and where. One of my favorite tools to check current weather conditions is on my Mac and iPhone. It’s called RadarScope and the name tells you what it does.
Weather radar with a level of detail not found in the 99-cent radar apps. This is the one that displays unaltered, radial format NEXRAD radar data. Take a look.
What you see in the screenshot varies substantially from typical weather radar apps which drop smoothed out data over a map. RadarScope has guts; Level 3 radar data which is displayed in the original format with sufficient detail to find a mesocyclone hook or a hurricane’s eye wall.
The data is not run of the mill, either. It’s easy to zoom in and out on weather conditions, or scroll left and right, but RadarScope can display conditions for over 25,000 cities in the US, Guam, Puerto Rico, and you can select which of the dozens of radar sites to display. Thanks to NOAA data, what you see on screen is accurate to within about a minute.
iPhone and iPad users are not left out, either, as RadarScope has apps for each.
That’s the good news. Is there bad news? Not really. RadarScope is a professional level tool, so it comes with a price tag. Also, it’s not weather forecasting, either. No 3-day, 7-day, or 10-day forecasts or current weather conditions for a specific location– other than radar.