I’ve been playing with Anthony Watts “Storm Predator” software.
He talks about it some in this article:
The web site is here:
It’s just “way cool”.
I’ve set it to ‘total precipitation for this storm’ mode and it’s showing me maps of where particular radars have seen precipitation, summed over time. Just so way cool…
Here are some images (bear in mind that the radar does get less return signal with distance, so sees precipitation better inside it’s maximum range; that’s why one image will ‘fade to low’ at the margin where another image may show more total rain detected. On this image, white is 10 inches, dark red is 5 inches, light red 3, yellow 1.6 inches. Green, light to dark, are 0.7, 1 inch, 1.3 inches. Dark blue is 0.4 inch.
I’m at the upper edge of that green blob in the middle about where it turns into yellow…
Want to know “What’s happening now?” just swap to “Base Reflectivity” mode and see the clouds / rain now. I’m under that angry rain dollop…
Here’s a view from where Anthony is located in Chico. Dark blue 0.8 inch, greens 1, 1.5, 2 inch light to dark. Yellow 2.5 inch, dirty yellow 3 inches, orange 4 inches, reds 5, 6, 8 inch. Magenta 10, purple 12 and white 15 inches:
He’s getting off easy… But the hills up around Paradise and above Lake Oroville are just getting soaked! I like the way you can see where the mountains cut off the areas behind them.
Going down the valley a little further, here’s our state capital at Sacramento. Red 8 inches, light green 1 inch:
Not too bad, but the hills are clearly getting the worst of it. Again. The dark green is 2 inches, the white is 10 inches. Don’t know why the legend didn’t get saved with the picture. Oh Well, haven’t played with it much yet, probably something I have to set.
So then we slide on down to Fresno and can see that Mammoth Mountain is just getting soaked! For some reason on this image dark red is 5 inches, white is 10 inches. The three greens are 1/2, 1 inch, and 1.5 inches from light to dark:
Oh, I probably ought to say something about the LA basin ;-)
Here’s the “Long Range Base” setting showing they are getting a bit of rain too:
So I can check on how my family and friends down there are doing. Looks like they’re getting it as they are under that yellow blob.
So I’ve just barely “opened the box” on this gadget and it’s like Christmas already… (What? You expected me to wait? 8-)
Don’t know exactly what all I’ll use it for, other than being nosey about just what any given storm is doing, or saving myself from waiting for an hour for The Weather Channel to tell me what California weather is expected to be. Why wait when I can just see what’s coming?
At any rate, it’s a fun toy, and I like it.
Oh, and you can see the whole country at once if you like:
Just in case you live somewhere other than California and are actually aware that there are places other than California and “Back East” is not just something on the MGM “back lot” ;-)