Data Provider Settings

Radar Data Providers

RadarScope offers multiple data providers for radar data and some supplemental products. You can select your preferred data provider in the app settings. If one provider should experience downtime, you can switch to another as a backup until your preferred provider is back online. There are some differences in the products available from each provider, as described below.

RadarScope

Our default RadarScope includes data from NEXRAD and TDWR radars in the United States, Guam, South Korea, and Okinawa, as well as Canadian radars operated by Environment Canada, Australian radars operated by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, and German radars operated by Deutscher Wetterdienst. The RadarScope feed includes super-res products for NEXRAD radars. It supports six frames for animated loops.

RadarScope Pro

Our optional RadarScope Pro subscription includes an enhanced data feed with up to 30 frames of super-res and other products. RadarScope Pro Tier Two includes a 30-day archive of all radar products.

AllisonHouse

AllisonHouse is a data aggregation company that provides weather data to a wide variety of customers. AllisonHouse customers can use them as an alternative source for radar data. The AllisonHouse feed includes all NEXRAD and TDWR Level III products with loops up to 30 frames. It does not include certain super-res products or Canadian, Australian, or German radars. If you select a product or radar that is not available from AllisonHouse, RadarScope will automatically obtain those products from our feed instead.

NOAA

NOAA’s National Weather Services operates public access servers for radar data. The AllisonHouse feed includes all NEXRAD and TDWR Level III products with loops up to 30 frames. It does not include super-res products or Canadian, Australian, or German radars. If you select a product or radar that is not available from NOAA, RadarScope will automatically obtain those products from our feed instead.

Amazon

Amazon hosts radar products through AWS. The Amazon feed includes all NEXRAD and TDWR Level III products with loops up to 30 frames. It does not include super-res products or Canadian, Australian, German, or Finland radars. If you select a product or radar that is not available from Amazon, RadarScope will automatically obtain those products from our feed instead. The Amazon data feed is available through a RadarScope Pro Tier Two subscription.

 

Warnings Provider

RadarScope supports two different feeds for warnings: one hosted by DTN and the other by AllisonHouse. Both feeds contain the same information and are updated once a minute.

 

Lightning Provider

Lightning data are available via a RadarScope Pro subscription or an AllisonHouse data plan. If you have both RadarScope Pro and AllisonHouse, you can select which provider you wish to use for lightning data. There are some differences between the two feeds. The RadarScope Pro lightning feed displays cloud-to-ground strikes. Strikes are animated in sync with the radar loop and fade out with age. The AllisonHouse lightning feed displays both cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground strikes, but it doesn’t animate with the radar.

 

Storm Tracks

Storm tracks are available to all RadarScope customers from NOAA’s server. If you have an AllisonHouse data plan, you can choose to obtain storm tracks from AllisonHouse instead. The two feeds are similar but they differ in some respects. Refer to AllisonHouse’s web site for details on their feed.

 

Premium Products

SPC outlooks, mesoscale discussions, and local storm reports are available via a RadarScope Pro Tier Two subscription or an AllisonHouse data plan. If you have both RadarScope Pro and AllisonHouse, you can select which provider you wish to use for these feeds. Although they are independently produced and hosted, they’re based on the same data and update at the same frequencies.

 

Map Provider

RadarScope's standard road maps include most interstate and major highways. RadarScope Pro Tier Two includes more highly detailed road maps provided by Mapbox.

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