Watch Ike make landfall with radar (NEXRAD) on the Stormpulse map

We’ve been promising it for a while, and now on the brink of Hurricane Ike‘s landfall into northeastern Texas, we are pleased to announce that we’ve added radar as a layer to the Stormpulse map.

To emphasize the feature during this critical time, we’ve placed it first in the list of layers at the top-right. Just toggle it ‘On’, and a semi-transparent layer of doppler radar observations from across the U.S. will load into view. This data is sourced from NEXRAD–the Doppler Radar National Mosaic published by the National Weather Service.

While this does not appear as high-resolution as other familiar displays of radar (“VIPIR” comes to mind), we hope you’ll agree that this layer adds a critical dimension that was heretofore lacking–namely, watching the rain bands come ashore and eventually being greeted with the eye of the monster. We also hope that, being national in scope, this layer creates interest beyond the context of tropical cyclones. Where will we go from here …

In response to many a good question about “Wind Fields”, we’ve also added labels to the Tropical Storm, Storm, and Hurricane Force wind fields, which shows you their meaning in miles per hour (39-57 mph, 58-73 mph, and 74+ mph, respectively):

To all of the many that asked us about these wind fields and about radar: thank you for helping to drive us in this direction. And to everyone: thoughts and feedback welcome.

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4 comments so far

  1. Adrian on

    This is fantastic stuff with the new radar over lay.One question will there be an option in the near future to animate loops on the map?Meaning animated windfields or even maybe even radar or satellite images.

    Thanks again for the new addtions. Adrian

  2. GraceHead on

    love it!
    Kudos!

  3. Baylink on

    Oh, and any chance you can pick a source that filters a little more of the ground clutter?

    Nexrad base reflectivity has always been *very* messy…

  4. Baylink on

    Nifty.

    How *does* Flash do “semi transparent”?

    Does it, as I would expect, strip the background layer down to monochrome, and then composite the foreground atop it?


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