How Do Weather Maps Work in Weather Mate? (Part One)
Weather maps display disparate meteorological features to give the reader sufficient information about the past, prevalent or forth-coming weather conditions. But the apparent complexities in weather maps in most weather apps are generally a huge turn-off for the users. These maps, however, contain a wealth of information and if one achieves the requisite level of comprehension, can certainly become a great knowledge resource for weather buffs.
To make it simple for our users, we’ll be giving an elaborate overview of each of the map layers in Weather Mate, discuss how they work and what manipulations a user can make to the various map layers to render his/her experience more rewarding. The fluid responsive weather maps in Weather Mate include numerous layer options to portray multiple information streams simultaneously. These encompass real-time high-definition animated radar images, Satellite, Severe Alerts, Weather Stations, Fronts, Fire Risk, Active Fires, Hurricane, Webcams, Lightning, Tornadoes, Storms and Earthquakes.
Let’s begin with a walkthrough of the Radar Maps layer, the first in the series of walkthroughs that we’ll be doing on all of Weather Mate’s map layers.
Radar Maps Layer:
This feature makes use of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Weather Radars encompassing the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. A user can alter the Radar Map Settings by tapping on the arrow head appearing adjacent to the Radar option. The resultant dialogue box gives the user multiple options for Base Reflectivity images.
For a first timer, these terminologies would rather seem like unintelligible jargon. But let us reveal what they actually mean by breaking the chunks of data one by one while keeping it as simple as possible.
Option#1: Base Reflectivity-NEXRAD
- Base reflectivity images display the intensity of the received radar beam after striking an object. It is used to measure precipitation.
- N0R, N1R, N2R, N3R and N0Z are the names of the radar imagery.
- 124 NMI is the short RANGE of the radar which is measured in Nautical Miles (NMI). If a user wants to see precipitation at larger distances, 248 NMI (long range) should be selected.
- The four angles 0.5, 1.45, 2.40 and 3.35 are actually the radar tilt angles. In simple terms, a tilt angle of 0.5 would mean that the radar’s antenna is tilted 0.5 above the horizon.
- NEXRAD (NEXt Generation RADar) is a type of weather radar imagery used to determine both precipitation and wind.
Option#2: Base Reflectivity-TDWR
- Terminal Drop Weather Radar (TDWR) is an advance technology which has higher resolution and can see details in much fine detail closer to the radar.
- Its area of high resolution coverage for short range is 48 NMI and that for long range is 225 NMI.
- Again, low tilt, medium tilt, high tilt and 0.66 represent the radar antenna’s tilt.
We hope that the simple explanation above will help you extract more information from Weather Mate. Visit us next week for the next installment of walkthrough on another map layer. Meanwhile, find out more about WeatherMate and how it’s evolved since its first version, here.