I get a lot of questions about the applications I use on my iPhone and my iPad. I frequently post screen caps of my favorite weather app so I’m going to start with that one.
This app. is designed for the iPhone and the iPad and has a simple clean basic interface. I like it so much I’m going to start off the review by putting down the only real negative. The price. It’s one of my most expensive apps coming in at $9.99. I normally spend .99 to $3.99 on average so I was taking a risk when I bought it. Unfortunately it was one of the first app I bought and I have always been looking for the next big thing. Nothing has ever come close so I’ve ended up wasting twice the purchase price buying new and different apps.
In this particular case the saying you get what you pay for is a basic truth.
The Radar Scope app is clean, it moves fast, and offers a really clean zoomed in image to get a great look down to neighborhood level. The only thing I really wish it did was display all the Doppler Radar sites at the same time. I’m not sure why it won’t I’m under the impression it’s just too data intensive. The number of upgrades I have seen as a user tells me that if it were an easy doable thing it would have already been instituted.
Take my word for it, if you want a good Doppler Radar app you won’t do better than Radar Scope.
Here is the sales pitch from the Radar Scope website.
RadarScope is a specialized display utility for weather enthusiasts that allows you to browse NOAA’s public NEXRAD Level 3 data feed. It can display the latest base reflectivity, base velocity, storm relative velocity and more data from any NEXRAD radar site in the United States (now including Alaska and Hawaii), Guam, and Puerto Rico.
These aren’t smoothed PNG or GIF images, this is real Level 3 radar data rendered in its original radial format for a high level of detail.
Whether you are scanning reflectivity for a mesocyclone’s tell-tale hook echo, trying to pinpoint the landfall of a hurricane’s eye wall, or looking for small features like velocity couplets in the radial velocity product, only RadarScope gives you the power to view radial NEXRAD weather radar on your iPhone or iPod.
Pinch or stretch to zoom in and out. Drag your finger around the map to scroll. Tap the radar sweep button in the toolbar to switch radars. Select one of the more than 140 different radar sites, with the rotating radar beam representing each radar’s approximate coverage area. Plot your current position by tapping the location button. Tap the loop button to download and animate over the last six images. Display the names of over 25,000 cities and towns on the map as you zoom and scroll. Tap and hold the color legend to see the data values.
Meanwhile, RadarScope will retrieve and display updated data automatically (approximately every 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the radar scan strategy). NEXRAD radar data are obtained from a public access web site operated by NOAA’s National Weather Service.