When it comes to getting up-to-the-minute weather information, nothing beats an image from a Doppler radar. Local television stations' live Doppler radar, National Weather Service Doppler radar and other satellite as well as Doppler radar maps are important tools in helping you decide whether or not to proceed with an outdoor job or event.
Doppler radar weather systems are constantly scanning the sky, tracking the exact locations of rain, snow, wind and storms. This guide will help you best take advantage of that information by showing you how to:
1. Find Doppler radar sites that are located across the country.
2. View current national Doppler radar images.
3. View live local Doppler radar images.
Find a map of national Doppler radar sitesDoppler radars are an extremely complex and expensive piece of weather equipment, yet Doppler radar sites are located in almost every state. Most Doppler weather radar systems are operated by the National Weather Service, but some are operated by other organizations and television stations.
National Weather Service has a great map that shows Doppler radar weather sites across the country. The University of Michigan has a similar map available for public use.
View current national Doppler radar imagesA national Doppler radar image can give you an idea of the current weather conditions anywhere in the country. It can also show you what types of storm systems are heading your way in the next few days.
View local Doppler radar imagesIf you need to make an instant decision about a job or event, you're going to want to check out a local Doppler radar image. These pictures, provided by a network of Doppler weather radars across the country, are excellent for detailing exactly where a storm is located.
- Don't just rely on a Doppler radar image when making a decision about an outdoor job or event. Weather systems can quickly change in size, intensity and direction. For the most accurate weather forecast, especially when severe weather is threatening, get a forecast from a trained meteorologist.