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Tornado Tracking in Weather Defender Pt. 1

by Rory Groves        May 24, 2010  |  2:23 pm  |  Category: Tips & Tricks

In our first tutorial on Tornado Tracking, we'll get you up to speed on the basic tornado tracking features in Weather Defender, including:

  • Tornado Watch & Warning Polygons
  • Severe Weather Bulletins
  • Wall Clouds & Mesocyclones
  • Tornado Vortex Signatures


Advanced Radar Products -- Radar Series #2

by Rory Groves        May 12, 2010  |  1:13 pm  |  Category: Tips & Tricks

Radar Series Part 2
Click here to Watch Part 1

In our latest tutorial in the Radar Series, we'll cover the advanced Radar Products that are available in Weather Defender, including:

  • Reflectivity Tilts
  • Base & Storm-Relative Velocity
  • 1-Hour and Storm Total Precipitation
  • Echo Tops
  • Vertically-Integrated Liquid (VILs)
  • and others...

For explanation and usage of each of the radar products discussed in this tutorial, see the Radar Products entry in the Online Documentation.


New Severe Weather Tracking Layer

by Rory Groves        April 30, 2010  |  9:33 am  |  Category: Latest News | Tips & Tricks

A new layer based on the Mesocyclone Detection Algorithm (MDA) was released today. Mesocyclones indicate areas of rotation inside a thunderstorm, which can be precursors to Wall Clouds and Tornadoes.


This freely available layer to all registered Weather Defender customers provides the following benefits:

  • More accurate and frequent updates concerning rotation inside thunderstorms (precursors to tornadoes)
  • Detailed information about the strength, dimension, and movement of each circulation
  • Historical and future tracks of the circulation for long-lived mesocyclones

Here's how to add this new layer to your map:

1.   Unlock your map by clicking the padlock icon in the upper-right of the Map Layers window
2.   On the main toolbar, click Map > Add Layer
3.   In the Layer Browser, click the Severe Weather category
4.   Find the layer labeled "Meso (MDA)" and click Add To Map



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