User Manual

Welcome to the Weather Defender User Manual. You will find detailed instructions on the usage of every feature of Weather Defender among the topics below.

For step-by-step tutorials of common tasks, please refer to the Tutorials section.


1 - Overview

What is Weather Defender and what can it do for me?
A brief introduction to Weather Defender, why it was created and why it can make a difference for your organization.

System Requirements
Minimum and recommend system specs needed to run Weather Defender.

Weather & Geography
Understand the 'big idea' behind Weather Defender: the integration of weather data with GIS technology.

Maps & Layers
Understand how Weather Defender combines Weather and Geographic data to deliver precise weather monitoring features.


2 - Recommended Tutorials

The best way to learn your way around the system is by doing. We recommend that all users complete the following basic tutorials:
Getting Started
Learn basic navigation and how to start tracking the weather with your first map in Weather Defender.

Personalizing Your Map
Learn how to customize your map for your specific region by importing geographic and other reference layers.

Forecasting Severe Weather
Learn how to take advantage of Weather Defender's forecasting tools and be prepared for the next severe weather outbreak.

For more tutorials, see the Tutorials section.


3 - Interface & Dialog Reference

Reference: Mouse Controls
How to pan, zoom, and query objects on your map.

Reference: Main Interface
Comprehensive overview of the main interface of Weather Defender, its buttons, functions, and customization options.

Reference: Perimeter Alerts
Create and configure Perimeter Alerts that automatically detect approaching weather threats.

Reference: Layer Properties
Overview of the configuration options for Layers in Weather Defender, including General appearance, Update frequency, and Effect/Contour options.

Reference: Palette Editor
Create and modify the color palettes used with certain layer types like Radar, Temperature, and Pressure Lines.


4 - Weather Layer Descriptions

Radar Product Layers
Explanations and usage of NEXRAD Level III Radar Products.

Storm Tracking Layers
Explanations and usage of the various storm-tracking overlay layers.

Surface Weather Layers
Explanations and usage of Surface Observation Weather Layers (fronts, temps, winds, etc).

Hurricane Layers
Explanations and usage of Hurricane Data Tracking Layers.

Watch, Warning & Advisory Layers
Explanations and usage of NWS-issued watch, warning, and advisory bulletins.


5 - Custom Integration

Supported Formats for Integration
Reference of supported GIS formats that can be used with Weather Defender.

Creating Dynamically-Updating Layers
Explains how to make a layer check for updates and refresh itself on a regular schedule.

Layer Data Reference
Description of every field associated with every layer in Weather Defender.


6 - Troubleshooting & Support

See the Troubleshooting & Support section.