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RadarScope app for iPhone and iPad

4.2 ( 2992 ratings )
Weather Utilities
Developer: Base Velocity, LLC
9.99 USD
Current version: 3.6.1, last update: 8 months ago
First release : 30 Aug 2008
App size: 168.66 Mb

RadarScope is a specialized display utility for weather enthusiasts and meteorologists that allows you view NEXRAD Level 3 and Super-Resolution radar data along with Tornado, Severe Thunderstorm, Flash Flood and Special Marine Warnings, and predicted storm tracks issued by the US National Weather Service. It can display the latest reflectivity, velocity, dual-polarization, and other products from any NEXRAD or TDWR radar site in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as reflectivity and velocity data from Environment Canada radars. These arent smoothed PNG or GIF images, this is native radar data rendered in its original radial format for a high level of detail.

Whether you are scanning reflectivity for a mesocyclones tell-tale hook echo, trying to pinpoint the landfall of a hurricanes eye wall, or looking for small features like velocity couplets in the storm relative radial velocity product, RadarScope gives you the power to view true radial NEXRAD weather radar on your iOS device and Apple Watch.

When there are any Tornado Warnings (outlined in RED), Severe Thunderstorm Warnings (YELLOW polygons), Flash Flood Warnings (GREEN polygons), or Special Marine Warnings (ORANGE polygons) in effect throughout the US, tap the warning button in the top right corner to browse the list of current warnings, view the details, and even zoom to the selected warning on the map.

Pinch or stretch to zoom in and out. Drag your finger around the map to scroll. Tap the radar sweep button in the toolbar to switch radars. Select one of the 156 different NEXRAD radar sites and 45 Terminal Doppler radars in the US, 30 other radar sites in Canada, and 2 in the Republic of Korea. Plot your current location by tapping the location button and optionally report it to the Spotter Network. Tap the play button to download and animate over recent images. Display the names of over 25,000 cities and towns on the map as you zoom and scroll. Tap and hold the color legend to see the data values.

Meanwhile, RadarScope will retrieve and display updated data automatically and intelligently (approximately every 2 to 10 minutes, depending on the radar scan strategy).

You can display data from NOAAs public access web site, our optional WDT feed (the default), or your AllisonHouse subscriber account. Spotter Network members can report their location and view the locations of other spotters.

The RadarScope Pro subscription is an optional auto-renewing subscription with two different tiers to choose from. Super-res products are still available to all RadarScope users without purchasing a subscription.

RadarScope Pro Tier 1 provides access to real-time lightning data that animates along with the radar loop and up to 20 frames of radar data, including *extended loops* of Super-Res Level 2 data. Tier 1 subscribers can also access a data interrogation tool to quickly determine data values for specific radar pixels and an optional dual-pane mode for viewing two radar products side-by-side.

RadarScope Pro Tier 2 combines all the features in Tier 1 with more advanced features, including a 30-day archive of all radar products, estimated hail size contours, rotation (azimuthal shear) contours, and the ability to use subscription features across multiple platforms.

If you choose to buy the RadarScope Pro subscription, it will charged to your iTunes account. The subscription will be auto-renewed within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period at the same price you originally paid. Subscriptions may be managed and auto-renewal disabled via your iTunes Account Settings after the purchase. Once purchased, the subscription cannot be cancelled during the active subscription period.

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Pros and cons of RadarScope app for iPhone and iPad

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Love this app! As a Canadian and a member of the Spotter Network, it will come in handy during major weather events. I appreciate the addition of Canadian locations, thanks very much :)
Somewhat sophisticated but localized good for what it does!!!
With RadarScope, I am able to track the storms that Im chasing, and know their movement, especially with the allisonhouse integration. I have this and GRlevel3. RadarScope is one of the best out there!
This app is very awesome for those in to watching the weather. Built-in dual-pol is a major plus against GRLevel. Most of the NEXRAD stations near the border should provide some coverage for Canadians, but natively supporting ECs radars as well as NOAAs would be a plus.
Unparalleled American coverage (with lots of spillover into Canadian border regions). Canadian radar sites added in the latest update, along with iOS 7 support. The only one you need.
Excellent, once I deleted it and reloaded, it works great. Very useful App.

Some bad moments

Radar loops are very old (16 mins) & the graphics are really bad, not what I expected for paying $6 for
Not intuitive. Some weather apps have better radar maps (Weatherbug & AccuWeather). RadarScope is for USA only. The developer responded to my email right away: "Possibly Canada at some point in the future. We dont currently have data for any other countries."
The app in great if you are in United Stade but no good for Canada (or the rest of the world.)
Purchased the pro version and didnt get the pro features. Contacted support and sent all info they asked for and still nothing. Sounds like they making excuses. No refund and wont fix my app problem.
In my opinion this app needs several improvements to be useful for the price. I honestly dont get it why everyone thinks this is worth the money. Notable issues for me... 1) should be able to get a composite of several radar sites for longer range forecasts. 2) needs a better overlay of street map data. There are several open mapping options that could allow better pinpointing of activity. 3) Radar resolution still seems low to me. Is this what paying for gives you in terms of radar resolution? Programs like "storm" seem just as good from a precipitation perspective. 4) having to pay a yearly subscription for 20 frames of animation is ridiculous. That should be included in the base product. 5) would like to see other overlays such as satellite cloud cover, etc. I get it that this is primarily a radar viewing program, but it would be nice to have this show real-world conditions as an option.
This app is expensive and not worth it. They try and get you to by the pro version with a yearly $10 fee by limiting the features in this over priced app. Features like lightning strikes and others that should be standard as it is on all the other radar apps require a subscription. It is not user friendly and you can only choose one radar station at a time. Limited functionality and minimal instruction on a complicated setup. You can choose 12 or so different type of radar returns that basically show the same thing and there is no explanation on how to set any of it up. Buy Hi-Def Radar or some other app instead. Im super disappointed.

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