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Where can I find LIVE weather radar images?

Asked by xgunther (446 points ) May 22nd, 2008

I am not talking about like weather.com radar images that are delayed 10–20 minutes. What good does that do me when a super cell is moving towards my area?

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Zaku's avatar

If you need to know what it’s doing where you are right now, you could take a look. ;-)

My guess is the radar section of the NOAA web site is about as timely as you’re likely to find:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/radar_tab.php

xyzzy's avatar

http://www.wunderground.com is my favorite. Their nexrad radar updates every 5 minutes, and has lots of nifty options.

Les's avatar

Just so you know, most “live” radars are going to be delayed a few minutes or so. If you want the best directly from the source: the national weather service is the best bet (as Zaku mentioned). However, having said that, we had severe weather here yesterday, and when the traffic on these sites is too high, the radar doesn’t update as much as you’d like. We were seeing delays up to 15 minutes at times. But the important thing is to be able to read the radar and be able to extrapolate where it will go from there.

gooch's avatar

Usually local tv stations have their Doppler radar live on their web site.

sacaver's avatar

If you can afford it, there is a great piece of software called swiftwx. It is impressive. Storm tracks, weather alerts, and street-level radar. Kinda pricey, but there is a demo period that you can try it out. I do think it’s worth the money, however.

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