Storm Predator (SP) is a program to allow you to monitor NEXRAD Doppler Weather Radar using the National Weather Service's nationwide
NEXRAD network. It will automatically retrieve images and loops from the over 150 NEXRAD locations nationwide. It communicates directly with the
National Weather Service Data Center in Silver Spring Maryland using any available Internet connection and uses the RIDGE GIS compatible radar
data set available from the NWS. This enhanced view of NWS Doppler radar images allows interactivity with the display providing you with the ability
to customize the way you "look" at weather. Called RIDGE (Radar Integrated Display with Geospatial Elements), the radar image can be
layered with geospatial elements such as topography maps, highways, state/county boundaries and weather warnings.
RIDGE gives Storm Predator Version 3 is a huge improvement in weather radar visualization over SP versions 1.x and 2.x Most importantly, we have used our
vast experience in creating weather maps for television to provide what we believe to be the best looking and most readable set of topographic basemaps ever
presented on a desktop radar display. We also use enhanced color palettes to make the visualization of radar echoes easier and more natural to the human eye
over the standard presentations offered by the NWS.
SP3 has the true GIS (Geographic Information Systems) compatibility, allowing it to use layered data with true latitude / longitude accuracy of the displayed
elements. SP3 is designed to be fully automatic in operation. Once you choose the radar location you are interested in and define your local Scan Zone to scan for
possible severe weather, its fully automatic after that. When SP3 detects a storm in your area, it will automatically popup an alert and optionally sound an alert to
let you know severe weather is on the way! Scan Zones are fully customizable for size and location, plus thresholds for storm intensity are also customizable.
Email and Pager/Cellphone bulletins can be sent from StormPredator also.
SP3 also has an exclusive powerful Storm Tracking Tool, which allows you to predict thunderstorm speed, direction, and Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) for
any location on the map that may be in the path of an approaching thunderstorm. A distance measuring tool and Lat/Lon positioning tool are also included. These
tools are far more accurate in SP3 thanks to the implementation of the GIS system.
SP3 is fully customizable in operation and looks. Skin templates can be applied, buttons can be changed, and settings can be modified to your liking. Almost
everything can be set. New In SP3 is an optional square interface has been implemented in addition to the classic round radar PPI interface that has been the
trademark look of SP. Try the ALT-Q hotkey to see it.
Additional topographic base maps can be applied to SP3 for greater detail, and custom base maps can be generated if needed. Multiple layers of roads, rivers,
county lines, state and US boundaries, and other layers can also be customized using a paint program. See the \data folder for these map layers which are tied to
each radar location using the radar ID code.
SP3 also includes weather content accessories to show you a national radar map with regional click through, state level weather bulletin watch/warning maps
with satellite and radar overlays, and a powerful web forecasting engine to give you forecasts for any location in the USA and most parts of the world.
StormPredator 3 Features
- SP3 uses the latest RIDGE radar
imagery from the NWS
are now nine NEXRAD radar display
products where before there were two:
Short range base reflectivity
Short range composite reflectivity
Long range base reflectivity
Storm total precipitation
Storm relative motion
Vertically Integrated Liquid
Detailed, accurate, and photorealistic
topographic maps come standard for
both long and short range display
projections and for all radar product
types. These maps have been designed
using our extensive experience in
broadcast TV weather, making maps that
pleasing to the eye and easy to view
on most any display, including NTSC
Multiple overlay layers are supported
including roads, county borders,
state/national borders, rivers/lakes,
names, and weather warnings, all
instantly and independently
Custom overlays can be added.
- A new
map key now exists to show weather
warnings that are overlaid on the
map layer overlay exists on the disk
a graphics file which can be
modified/customized to your liking
party graphics editing programs
program sports a new interface, and
instantly switchable rectangular mode
in addition to the classic round PPI
radar scope mode try ALT-Q to see it.
now has a selectable "drop shadow"
to make the radar echoes more visible,
especially when used with TV displays
that use S-Video or NTSC output
program is now GIS accurate. A custom
graphic overlay can be imported if
to the GIS capability, latitude and
longitude settings are much more
accurate than before, making distance
measurement more accurate, and storm
tracking more accurate
GIS accuracy built into SP3 paves the
for future product additions such as
lightning strikes, surface weather
upper air data and more
Predator now fetches all 24 frames of
radar loop images that are available
upon startup or location change. No
waiting to collect additional images
low bandwidth (dialup) connections,
fetch of loop images can be disabled