Introduction: Easy Desktop Radar System

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So you(I) live in a part of the US where there is alot of snow, and storms. You(I) need a easy radar system to use on my computer which will be updated and will be easier than loading a weather page online. You(I) look online and find some GIS radar systems but dont want to pay mega $$$.$$ for a good HQ GIS system. So lets go low(high) tech using free software.

Step 1: Software(freeware) Needed

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Here is a small list of the software you need.

-Google Earth Download Here

Thats all.

Step 2: Get KML

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Next you will need the radar feed, this is in the form of a KML file.

Use this link and select a few radars in your area using ctrl and clicking a few in your area. next highlight the long and short range reflecttivity at bottom and click submit.

Now once you click submit you will get a pop up box for downloading the file. Click save then save in a spot(see pic 2)

Step 3: Import Into Google Earth

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Next open google earth(once installed). Click file>open then select your file you saved.

Step 4: DONE

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Congrats, you just finished. You may need you reboot google earth but then it should look like the picture below. The image refreshes every 2 minutes.

Mess around with the KVM generator and try stuff like precipitation and warnings.


dcutter1 (author)2009-01-27

I'm not sure but my google earth already had a weather box to click. Is that what you added or was it there already?

jssteinke (author)dcutter12009-08-02

I dont know what version you have, but my version didn't have a weather button

shooby (author)2008-11-30

The title is a little misleading, I thought initially that this would make a live feed radar desktop, but it's just google earth. How much faster is it to refer to a web page, as opposed to opening google earth?

Scott_Tx (author)shooby2008-11-30

firefox with a 'reload every x minutes' add on would work just as well. I was expecting use of WGET and some form of desktop refresh. silly me.

jssteinke (author)Scott_Tx2008-11-30

But, google earth does have HQ views of your area. In some views this could be better

Instroman (author)jssteinke2009-02-24

This is awsome!

jssteinke (author)shooby2008-11-30

Well... a live feed for a regular person to get would be extremely hard. The fastest way of course would be to buy a dopplar dish. Well those are redily avalible :) NOAA, which supplies all data to the NWS and can only supply data every 2 min. Depending on the speed of your computer, my google earth can load in 5 seconds, but to open ffox and type in noaa then type my zip, would take at least 45 seconds. So you decide

conrad2468 (author)2009-02-10

Shame....either google beat you to the punch or google stole your idea.....

dung0beetle (author)2008-11-30

You could subscribe to arcamax weather and get a live feed in your email every day. Just enter your zip code and it shows a map with the radar overlay.

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