New Zealand radar service

  • It looks like @Marienka your post last year about radar coverage shows New Zealand as covered by radar, but upon trying it out the last week or so I've noticed that while the overlay shows "MetService" as it should (since they are the local weather data provider) it does not show any radar coverage at all. I'm pretty new to Windy, but has something happened to New Zealand coverage since this post? Thanks! Anyone else know anything about what's happening with New Zealand coverage?

  • Administrator

    Hi @onetrev, due to license matters, we are unable to display radar in New Zealand at the moment.

  • @Korina Gotcha, thanks so much for the follow up. If you need people to write to the MetService / NZ Government to pressure them to open up their licensing let me know.

  • Hello again @Korina ... I contacted the New Zealand MetService and heard back! They stated they are aware their weather data access is more restricted than other countries, so they are in the process of making changes. Hooray!

    Apparently they are developing an API that will make a wider range of data publicly available, specifically aimed at supporting the development of innovative weather products, It should be available later this year. Current publicly available data information can be found here:

    From what I can see though, radar data is already now available. Although not sure if that is the data that will work with Windy right now or you need to wait for their new API? Either way, hopefully this gets us closer to getting NZ radar data back on Windy! :)

  • Administrator

    Hello, thank you for letting us know. It sounds great!
    The ideal format for radar data would be h5.
    We would appreciate if you get more details about this.


  • Sailor Moderator

    BTW is there a reason why Windy does not show the radars in New Caledonia? There are managed by Météo France, same as radars in Guadeloupe, Martinique, La Réunion. So you should get the data of New Caledonia radars in the same way.


  • Administrator

    Hi, thanks for the new source! We will try to add it as well.

  • @Korina I'm sorry I missed your reply! I can't see a way on your forum to be notified (by email) of replies in a specific thread you follow or a way to get notified of direct replies. :(

    Anyway, I was thinking it might be better for the request to come from your end since you'd have to be asking for the access as well at the same time? They seem really responsive and helpful. What they have available right now is:

    3 hourly radar reflectivity (rainfall rate) images, in colour: available via MetWeb FTP access - contact us and ask for Open Access Rain Radar images

    Let me know if don't hear from them and I can try emailing the guy I was conversing with again. Thanks!

  • Moderator Mariners - Seafarers Sailor

    Can some of the points raised here maybe be followed up please?

  • @jmh2002 Agreed. I can try to assist again by contacting the NZ Met Service again, but it would be good to know that Windy is going to be able to do the work to hook this up if so. But it would probably be better if Windy contacted them directly I think since they are the ones using the data. :)

    And the New Caledonia radar mentioned by @idefix37 would be great too.

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