That’s what happens to Atlanta in the dog days of summer. It’s hot. Unlike Death Valley, Atlanta is hot and dry and hot and wet and sometimes colder than we remember from last year. Oh, and hot and wet.
That means we Hotlantans watch the weather pretty much like everyone else in the country. We complain about it. We don’t actually do anything about it. Except watch it.
Besides television during tornado and thunderstorm season, we Mac users in the south fire up apps like RadarScope to find out the latest direction that an impending storm might take our house.
I like using RadarScope for three basic reasons. First, it displays NEXRAD Level 3 radar data and severe weather warnings, of which we’re home to many. And, second, it also displays tornado, thunderstorm, and flash flood warnings as issued by the National Weather Service.
Third, RadarScope is loaded with eye candy; plenty of radar visuals which graphically display what’s happening in your neck of the woods (so long as it is in the U.S. Guam, or Puerto Rico).
What is there to not like about having that kind of weather information parked right on your Mac’s screen and in near real time? The only thing better would be my own weather radar.
The MacBook’s trackpad works well to zoom in and out on the map using pinch or spread. Any one of the 155 different radar sites can be selected, and 20 frames of radar can be displayed as an animation over a period of time.
Most of the time RadarScope scans and retrieves new data every so many minutes, so what you’re seeing on screen isn’t exactly real time, but it gives you a quick look at whatever wicked this way comes.
RadarScope is a bit pricey relative to simple, dime a dozen apps that merely display conditions and forecasts, so you need to be into weather watching to enjoy what it does.