Enables you to quickly access NEXRAD Level 3 radar data and view information about severe weather warnings from your Mac’s desktop.
If you live in the United States the most reliable source of information when it comes to the weather conditions is probably the National Weather Service, which is a small part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Among many other sources of data, the National Weather Service has access to a network of 160 high resolution radars that are using the S-band Doppler technology, and is called NEXRAD (Next Generation Radar).
RadarScope is a desktop application designed to grab the feed provided by the NEXRAD devices in order to display Level 3 radar information and any severe weather conditions present in the United States, Puerto Rico or Guam.
RadarScope is designed for enthusiast meteorologists that want to analyze the reflectivity or velocity of a mesocyclone echo in order to determine the probable location of a hurricane’s eye, for example.
You can use RadarScope to monitor severe thunder storms, tornadoes or flash flood warnings together with all available details in order to be prepared for extreme weather conditions.
The RadarScope workflow in quite intuitive: in the main window you can view the available maps, while the Inspector panel provides the details for the currently selected event or warning.
The drop down menu placed in the top left corner of the main window enables you to quickly switch between different location, provides access to the map drawing tools and more. The bottom toolbar enables you to select the map you want to analyze while a simple mouse scroll can zoom in or out the image.
What’s more, is you press the play button, RadarScope will download and start to animate 20 frames of radar information. In addition, you can choose to save the current map to an image file.
To conclude, RadarScope provides quick access to detailed weather maps generated by the NEXRAD S-band Doppler radars and can be very useful if you need to follow weather alerts around your area.