Decent Radar Software (That's Free)

Apr 9, 2021
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Hey all,

Does anybody know any good radar software that is comparable to Radarscope but is free? I've been wanting to get Radarscope for quite some time now but can't come up with the money. And does anybody know where the HRRR and the NWS velocity is? Also, does anybody know if Canada has velocity data publicly available? I have a windows 10 pc and an Iphone 5s for compatibility.
 
May 30, 2019
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Hey all,

Does anybody know any good radar software that is comparable to Radarscope but is free? I've been wanting to get Radarscope for quite some time now but can't come up with the money. And does anybody know where the HRRR and the NWS velocity is? Also, does anybody know if Canada has velocity data publicly available? I have a windows 10 pc and an Iphone 5s for compatibility.
You can download CAVE / AWIIPS for free... works on Windows / Mac / LINUX ... just Google AWIIPS and you will easily find it.

For mobile, you can grab wXL23 for either iOS or Android... it pulls in the same exact Level II data that RadarScope does. That said, RadarScope does what it does VERY well...
 
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You can download CAVE / AWIIPS for free... works on Windows / Mac / LINUX ... just Google AWIIPS and you will easily find it.

For mobile, you can grab wXL23 for either iOS or Android... it pulls in the same exact Level II data that RadarScope does. That said, RadarScope does what it does VERY well...
Thanks :) AWIPS is a process to install :oops:
 
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Thanks :) AWIPS is a process to install :oops:
In fact, I had a few extra minutes, so let me post a few screen shots since I think wXL23 is one of the most underrated apps out there. wXL23 provides you with literately every tool from the NWS / SPC / WPC that you could possibly want. From local forecast to local forecast discussion, mesoscale discussions from the SPC to full NEXRAD dual Pol data and GOES16/17 satellite data (in at least a decent resolution), it’s one of my first go-to apps usually at the start of the day. When the weather gets really active, I switch primarily to Radar Omega, and then finally RadarScope once its game time... because RadarScope is just much more intuitive and stable during active events (it doesn’t lag or crash ever).

It also has all of the forecast tools and observations made available in one easy place, from again the NWS / SPC / NHC... and I believe a few of the bigger Universities that provide weather forecast model data.


Anyway, just thought folks should know there is a really robust alternative to the paid apps available out there.
 

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Here is a side by side of RadarScope vs wXL23 on a severe TStorm over Louisiana right now: The one advantage wXL23 has over RadarScope is a 4-Pane window (RadarScope mobile only allows 2 on the Pro version / 4 on desktop).
 

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wXL23 is not available in canada. I tried downloading on ios but it said it it wasn't available in my country. I even tried a VPN. I might just stick to windy and environment canada until I can afford RadarScope or a good free alternative :D
 

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Quite honestly, radar is great and when you’re sitting at home it gives you a pretty good idea what’s happening in a storm. If you’re chasing, any radar should do because nothing the current radar shows will be better than your own eyes. In other words, radar is great when you are looking at a broad area to see where the most robust storms are, but rely on your own eyes when the rubber meets the road.
For chasing purposes, once you’ve latched onto a storm, using Scope or any free radar available won’t really matter at that point because you’ll most likely be using your eyes and not relying on radar.
Almost any free radar can get you pointed in the right direction when you’re in chase mode. Reading the storm in front of you will take you the rest of the way.
PS. I’m NOT saying that you shouldn’t keep tabs on other storms in range, just that you shouldn’t rely on any radar instead of what you can see with your own eyes
 

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@Todd Lemery to an extent I agree but I appreciate being able to utilize recent radar scans of the storm I'm already chasing, while your eyes can tell you a lot I find radar to be an invaluable tool when tracking a storm. I've been on a lot of classic & HP storms where radar helped immensely in identifying existing and developing areas of circulation, changes in speed and/or direction and potential hazards that were not apparent to the naked eye. Some storms are easy to track visually but others not so much, even to the experienced eye. I agree, don't rely strictly on radar but give yourself the benefit of its usefulness to maximize your chances of executing a successful chase and minimizing your risk of getting into trouble. For me the only product I rely on is GR3 on laptop with Radarscope a redundancy on iphone. As for free stuff wXL23 looks great and I did install it but likely wouldn't use it on a chase.
 
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@Todd Lemery to an extent I agree but I appreciate being able to utilize recent radar scans of the storm I'm already chasing, while your eyes can tell you a lot I find radar to be an invaluable tool when tracking a storm. I've been on a lot of classic & HP storms where radar helped immensely in identifying existing and developing areas of circulation, changes in speed and/or direction and potential hazards that were not apparent to the naked eye. Some storms are easy to track visually but others not so much, even to the experienced eye. I agree, don't rely strictly on radar but give yourself the benefit of its usefulness to maximize your chances of executing a successful chase and minimizing your risk of getting into trouble. For me the only product I rely on is GR3 on laptop with Radarscope a redundancy on iphone. As for free stuff wXL23 looks great and I did install it but likely wouldn't use it on a chase.
Very good points. What I did a poor job of conveying was that if someone has a real tight budget they can do well with a free radar. Not going to the next level, but well
 
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Can you elaborate on what you are looking for? Storm tracks are there but have a feeling that's not what you have in mind ..
Storm Tracking Information (NST/58)

thanks
Josh

[EDIT to include radar product]

Thanks for pointing out wXL23 - I hadn't touched that since the initial release and am impressed by what it offers!

(I'll pay extra to have someone incorporate storm motion or a manual vector for velocity :) )
 
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Ryan,
I have an Apple Test Flight beta program and if you want to be a part of that it won't matter where you are. Feel free to email me @ joshua.tee@gmail.com if you want to try the app out.

FYI - from your original post, unlike the NWS - you need to pay money to the Canadian govt if you want to access the "raw" radar files. That's why my stuff doesn't offer CA radars in the same was as US, etc. Every year or so I check in on this:

Radar Data - Open Government - Canada.ca
https://open.canada.ca › suggested-datasets › radar-data



[edit typo in email]


wXL23 is not available in canada. I tried downloading on ios but it said it it wasn't available in my country. I even tried a VPN. I might just stick to windy and environment canada until I can afford RadarScope or a good free alternative :D
 
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I hate to be the one to say this, but if you can't afford $10 for a year of RadarScope, you may want to reconsider your chase range and funnel some of that gas money to support. Or don't chase.
I can't chase till covid is over and I'm out of college. I need to get financialy stable after that and then I might take the plunge to the midwest. I'd love to chase but It will be about a decade until I'm able to. Where I'm at in Ontario we get 1 -2 tornados a year and lots of thunderstorms. I do love tracking and forcasting weather.
 
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I tried Awips/Cave last year, it did look pretty cool, but the system I put it on really couldn't handle it, so I gave up.

That wXL23 shown above looks very similar to the android wX app I use ( see this thread )
There's so many different options of stuff to view that you'd really need a bunch of time & a long multi-page manual to use it all.
Some of the stuff has never worked, and a few others have quit working fairly recently...but for the price I certainly can't complain.


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I personally won't pay for *any* downloads/streaming/etc , so gotta with the free stuff if I want a weather app .lol.
 
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I tried Awips/Cave last year, it did look pretty cool, but the system I put it on really couldn't handle it, so I gave up.

That wXL23 shown above looks very similar to the android wX app I use ( see this thread )
There's so many different options of stuff to view that you'd really need a bunch of time & a long multi-page manual to use it all.
Some of the stuff has never worked, and a few others have quit working fairly recently...but for the price I certainly can't complain.


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I personally won't pay for *any* downloads/streaming/etc , so gotta with the free stuff if I want a weather app .lol.
I tryed Cave also. My computer turned into a power point while running it 🤣