Not having traveled throughout the world I do not doubt that there are places on planet earth where the weather turns on you faster than the media on an inexperienced candidate for President. Or, North Georgia.
There’s a reason why our Macs and iPhones are packed with various weather tracking applications, including what might be the most useful weather tool ever created for the masses. Weather radar apps. There must be a few dozen weather radar apps for iPhone and iPad, but the Mac has fewer from which to choose.
One that I like and use is called RadarScope (which also has an iOS companion app) and it’s a companion weather tracking application for those who are truly serious about tracking weather changes with radar.
With a little practice all you need is a quick glance at current weather conditions and the radar maps to see what’s coming and where it’s going.
RadarScope has some street cred, too. It lets you view NEXRAS Level 3 radar data complete with severe weather warnings. You’ll get a view of reflectivity, velocity, and more from NEXRAD radars sites in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Guam.
You’ll be able to see tornado, severe thunderstorms, flash flood warnings and more issued by the NWS (National Weather Service) and click to zoom into specific warning areas on the map, which can also display any of the 155 different radar sites, or use the full radar list in the sidebar. Favorites can be saved in the Menubar and radar can be animated up to 20 frames over time.
Radar data can be updated every five to 10 minutes (or, if you’re really serious about weather radar and use the AllisonHouse data which is popular with meteorologists, storm chasers, those in agriculture, and emergency managers.
Of course, your Mac doesn’t go everywhere with you these days, thanks to iPhones and iPads, but that’s OK because there’s RadarScope for iOS, too. Smaller window, similar features, same data.
You’ll see a large number of four and five star ratings for all versions of RadarScope. We use it here in Mincey Plantation to track nearby storms for the neighborhood watch group, and I use the iPhone version to track where and when I can ride my motorcycle around North Georgia without having to wear a big black plastic garbage bag as protection (just kidding).