Intro: Easy Desktop Radar System
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
Here is a small list of the software you need.
-Google Earth Download Here
Step 2: Get KML
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
Next open google earth(once installed). Click file>open then select your file you saved.
Step 4: DONE
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.