Testers wanted: Weather radar USA!
After months of development we have have released experimental version of weather radar for USA. Just in order to be helpful in tracking hurricane Harvey.
Our coders @dzuremar (backend) and Milan (webGL renderer) did a great job, but this is just early release, full of issues and bugs.
Please be patient with us. Next releases will be better.
I definitely enjoy this addition! The site has always been fantastic for no-nonsense weather, but has lacked this type of radar image. I also enjoy how the range of the radar darkens to indicate edge of reception, something I have never seen before. And thanks for the goat speed! I will post any bugs I find.
Thanks from the US Coast Guard in Houston during Hurricane Harvey!
Great job! The radar image goes blank at "6 minutes ago" and then continues with no radar until end of the loop. It would be visually better if the loop ended when the radar data ended. When I first noticed it the radar image ended at "9 minutes ago" and this decreased to 6 when I started to write this.
Well as someone 50 miles inland in direct path let's hope this is good info . I have been watching your site for a few days . The map looks great too
@ivo What "modern browser" is compatible with this offering?
@Peter-O' It works with Chrome (Mac) and Opera (Mac) but it doesn't seem to work with Safari.
@ivo Very nice up to the minute coverage. Noticed a radar pulse at Abilene at 6 o'clock. It didn't show on Intellicast as yet. Manipulations of the storm?
Looks great, Thanks
Only addition would be a 4 hour future tab.
can I make the loop longer ?
I just had to register to let you know how much I love your site and this radar, I have only been watching for a day but it is great. This is going to be my new goto weather site
@gumbyray Yep we will do it
Thank you for the feedback so far ! The issue with darkening/missing of the last image is definitely the most noticeable (Not a feature, sorry @pwoods7 !) and bothers me the most. There is a problem with data synchronization and sometimes the last image gets lost. If you play around with the radar enough you'll see that the correct way for the animation to stop is to stay at the last image when finished for a few seconds, then cycle the whole animation again. You can even see the last image from the start as "greyed/dotted" area until the final image matches and covers it completely. If you are not sure what I mean, I highlighted the most noticeable areas in the following image:
However if the last image is not loaded, you won't be able to see this dotted area at all :/. The occasional pulse (as @toddb mentioned) can happen as well. There are ~160 radar sites in the US and they all collect and upload their data in various time intervals. Sometimes data won't arrive before the image is created, sometimes site is offline, sometimes it's noise. There a lot of problems we have to look at when working on this and so many ways to solve them ! Not to mention space for improvements. Thank you again for your patience, we will keep working on this to make it picture perfect ! B)
@ivo I love this Weather Forcast model is a nice one and work very smoof on my Tablet good work i give you 100000 stars for this one.
Excellent. If not thought of already, give us a throttle to control the speed, (Safari works fine Peter o')
Your app has always been great, but this latest edition is truly appreciated and awesome, even in its early form. Have been using it extensively the last couple of days as we monitor Harvey here in Texas. Have found it to be pretty accurate and a good indicator on weather movement that has been very helpful. Greatly appreciate all the work that goes into tying all the pieces together to make something like this work, look good, and be very useful. When I have it up on my phone and show others the current weather I always get the question, "What app IS that?" I know many have downloaded it after seeing it. Keep up the great work, and thank you again for all the effort!
San Antonio, TX
@paulkbiba If it doesn't work with Safari it doesn't work. Back to the Weather Channel.
Radar layer - VERY nice addition guys! Happy to see it! And the visual radar rendering is rich and smooth with a rich high-def look & feel to it.
The visualization of Harvey (Texas) is blinking off between cycles (confusing)... but the Florida (Invest 92L) storm radar display does not. Perhaps it is a visual data load issue in the browser.
Would be cool if user can turn on/off the grey radar regional layer. Radar colorization tend to look better against a darker background.
Adding longer loop cycles would be cool. Example from NexRad radar presentation out of
DuPage's NextGen Weather Lab.
Damn good work guys!
One final note: I have been using your ECMWF 9km Forecast model to monitor storms coming into the Gulf this Hurricane season. Your visual models have been consistently right on impacted areas (100% on all storms). That is not the case with even official data.
Damn good work guys! 😎
its working perfect i love it this is dewey ackerman in ROCKDALE TX
Mac 10.12.6 and Safari 10.1.2
Will display after a delay if animation is on. Not useable at this point. Thanks for your effort so far.
Radar's what I've been waiting for!
How far back time do you plan on letting us see?