Road Network

Mar 5, 2010
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Hey guys

always trying to stay up to date on new and better tools.
Road network—- what’s your go to? Any tips on seeing paved vs gravel

also any good apps to zoom in and out of detail??

Been using google maps and have ended up in the middle of corn fields a few times 😀😀
 

James K

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I have a standalone Garmin GPS that I plan to take with me.
It would be nice to also have an android based app (free ofcourse, and ideally one that would function offline). Not sure if such exists...I know I tried looking at some point in the past with no luck.

Maps.me should be avoided like the plague as it is now Russian-owned!
 

Warren Faidley

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I always use a mapping system that is frequently updated and offers heads-up directional viewing as I find it's easier to mentally calculate routing. I use Google or Apple mapping for general driving, viewed on a dash-mounted iPad. I know those maps are always updated. I also have a standalone GPS / Satellite XM radar with road overlays in the event cell signals fail, which has happened. I use several radar apps with road overlays for plotting -- like My Radar Pro or Radar Omega. I carry paper maps in the event of total system failure. Improved gravel roads are generally OK, especially in areas like E. CO. Even with a Ford Ranger Off-Road edition, I choose my roads carefully. If the target storm is in front of me, and there are no other storms coming up behind me, I'm not so cautious. On a day like El Reno, I avoided all dirt or gravel roads. On the big or complex chase days, I always visit the state's local transportation webpage to get updates on road closures and detours.
 
Jul 5, 2009
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I use several radar apps with road overlays for plotting -- like My Radar Pro or Radar Omega.
I‘ve always used RadarScope which as we all know has limited road display… Wasn’t even aware of Radar Omega, but now this is the second mention I have seen in just the past couple of days. Hadn’t heard of My Radar Pro. What are the pro’s and con’s of each of these, as far as the ability to see detailed roads in combination with radar? The problem is always keeping both visible at the same time… Does either app allow control of translucency, or control over whether the radar or roads appear on top?
 
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Warren Faidley

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I‘ve always used RadarScope which as we all know has limited road display… Wasn’t even aware of Radar Omega, but now this is the second mention I have seen in just the past couple of days. Hadn’t heard of My Radar Pro. What are the pro’s and con’s of each of these, as far as the ability to see detailed roads in combination with radar? The problem is always keeping both visible at the same time… Does either app allow control of translucency, or control over whether the radar or roads appear on top?
My Radar Pro is a very simplified radar program. It was one of the first radar apps to have detailed road overlays. Radar Omega is a great app, with excellent radar options and detailed road maps. It also has a ton of customizing options for backgrounds. I only installed it towards the end of last chase season, so I'm not 100% comfortable using it in critical situations until I test it further. Some users have said there is a delay in refreshing. I do not know how often the maps are updated or the data source.
 

adlyons

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I have used a number of the tools others have mentioned here in the past. maps.me was my go to on android when I switched to my tablet for chasing in 2019. However, google maps and offline mode as well as android auto have advanced enough to replace all of that for me. Now I chase exclusively with radarscope on my phone in a dashmount and offline google maps on my cars infotainment display. Simple cheap and effective.
 
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I've been using a combination of google and apple maps for chasing. Some of the newer radarscope updates though are starting to do more detailed road overlays. I'll definitely be excited for the day when all the county roads are on radarscope, but I feel like that might be a lot of information for one app on an iphone or android phone. Otherwise right now, I just switch between maps and radar. Usually if I'm on a storm, I'll focus more on maps/roads if I can see what the storm is doing (non hp obviously). Otherwise, I will split screen my Ipad Pro.
 
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Jul 5, 2009
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I've been using a combination of google and apple maps for chasing. Some of the newer radarscope updates though are starting to do more detailed road overlays. I'll definitely be excited for the day when all the county roads are on radarscope, but I feel like that might be a lot of information for one app on an iphone or android phone. Otherwise right now, I just switch between maps and radar. Usually if I'm on a storm, I'll focus more on maps/roads if I can see what the storm is doing (non hp obviously). Otherwise, I will split screen my Ipad Pro.
Is it a data issue? I recall there being a radar app years ago, no longer available, that had a high-resolution radar overlay on top of Google maps, and RadarOmega seems similar. I feel like it’s more an issue of simply always having to sacrifice visability of one or the other, either make the radar translucent to be able to see the roads, or let the roads disappear under the solid colors of the radar… The extinct app that I can’t remember the name of had a slider with which you could control the level of opacity in the radar. This will be my first chase season trying RadarOmega, but I don’t see it as a suitable replacement for RadarScope. I will probably continue doing what I have been doing, same as you Ethan, keep both Google Maps and RadarScope going, and focusing on Maps as long as I am near the storm and have good visuals on it. Instead of using a split screen, I have one going on my iPad and the other on my iPhone. What I keep on the bigger screen varies based on what the priority is at the time.
 

Bill Hark

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I use a combination of RadarScope and Google Maps on my phone and on my laptop, I use Baron WxWorx Ground and DeLorme Street Atlas. Although the maps and radar are less detailed on the Baron set up, it will continue to function when cell phone coverage is poor. Even in 2022, I consider the Baron WxWorx to still be an important part of my equipment.
 

Randy Jennings

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One word of warning about using one solution for radar with high level maps and another solution for detailed maps - it can be very easy to misinterpret. For example, one time I was using RadarScope and noted that a storm was staying north of a line from Denton to McKinney, TX, US 380 runs from Denton to McKinney. So I assumed as long as I stayed south of US 380 I would stay out of it. Only thing is US 380 does split the middle of Denton, but when it gets to McKinney it is on the far north end of town. Bottom line - storm was south of US 380. This is one reason while I use GR Level 3 with tiger shapefiles for roads now. It has it's own cons, but a big plus is a combined display of radar and detailed roads.
 
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JL Gacke

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I also favor the Baron MTN, it almost never goes down. I also run GRLX. The combined road mapping isn't highly detailed but shows most main roads. Radar is almost always recent.
I still prefer a laptop and always use the old MS Streets and Trips. It has pretty good GPS accuracy. The MS S&T does show most roads but certainly not quality - gravel vs mud. It does delineate between paved and gravel most of the time, though I don't trust that for life & death. Also, I've been fooled several times into thinking I have a road ahead to use only to find it's ruts through a pasture. It might be a public ROW but no way passable.
Go ahead and laugh, but I keep thinking it'd be nice to acquire that defunct S&T program from MS and someone good with code-writing capabilities, would be able to rebuild/release under a different name and for a reasonable price and with updated road info.