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Offline BoDuke

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Sources of radar loop images
« on: March 07, 2022, 03:44:25 PM »
For years, I have bookmarked this Accuweather image (https://sirocco.accuweather.com/nx_mosaic_640x480_public/sir/inmasiria_.gif) which is an animated gif of radar for my area.  Even though the image is copyrighted 2022, it appears to no longer be updated.  WU has a radar loop that works the same way but I'm not going to post the address for fear that I will bring it bad luck and it will go away shortly, too.  (PM me if you want it.)  I like to have more than one radar source because they appear to have different sensitivities to precipitation at different altitudes.

Most of the regional TV stations have switched to the live, interactive radar which takes a while to load, along with the ads on the same page.  Of course, on TV they show a radar loop that would be perfect for viewing on a phone with a weak signal but keep it to themselves for only broadcast use.  I have found a decent (not great) NOAA/NWS radar image (https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/lite/UPPERMISSVLY_loop.gif) which I'll likely use but I'm still wondering - does anyone know of other free or low-cost sites/services that have nice, fast-loading radar loops?  I don't mind unobtrusive ads and prefer regional radars for my area.

Thanks!


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Re: Sources of radar loop images
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2022, 08:05:09 AM »
That looks like RadarScope. I hesitate to ask but how are you publishing radar images from that app?

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Re: Sources of radar loop images
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2022, 09:06:19 AM »
That looks like RadarScope. I hesitate to ask but how are you publishing radar images from that app?
;) Well, right now it's quite the experimental lashup:

Desktop to Sparkocam to Netcam Studio with SSL installed.
 #-o I like it 'cause I can switch radars in a jiffy, and Sparkocam isn't named after me, but I really like that application, one of the best I've ever played with. Netcam Studio is a pain in the butt, and needs some updating, IMO.. but...
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Re: Sources of radar loop images
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2022, 09:12:13 AM »
That is nothing short of an impressive effort!  =D>

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Re: Sources of radar loop images
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2022, 09:27:58 AM »
Thanks for the comment, but it's really a very 'simple' thing... a little tricky till ya get things positioned, but on that PC it holds up well... once in awhile I suppose the page file gets heavy, and Radarscope will freeze, or crash, but simple matter to restart.  NetCam is driving 2 of my (currently) three active weathercams on that install, also. The third is on an old, basic machine driving from Netcam also (the 'snowcam').
 

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Re: Sources of radar loop images
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2022, 07:20:31 PM »
I wanted to follow up and thank everyone for their links and also share more links I ended up finding at WU.

Here are three different radar images centered on Des Moines, Iowa, USA but they also have these maps for other USA locations.  Unfortunately for friends in Canada and Australia, they appear to only have the wundermap radar.

https://www.wunderground.com/maps/radar/current/dsm
https://www.wunderground.com/radar/us/ia/des-moines
https://www.wunderground.com/radar/us/ia/des-moines/dmx

There are also loops available.  That last one was tricky to find.  You have to click on the "radar site" icons (which can be toggled on/off) at the second link.