New Features Available in NBCDFW's Interactive Radar - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

New Features Available in NBCDFW's Interactive Radar

Live radar presentation exclusive to NBC owned TV stations

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    NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock explains the new radar feature that allows you to view any NBC-ownd radar or StormRanger in the country. (Published Tuesday, March 14, 2017)

    The interactive radar on NBCDFW's digital platforms just got a little smarter, with an exclusive presentation you can't find anywhere else.

    When you visit the interactive radar on NBCDFW.com, or in NBCDFW's iOS or Android* app, you'll see a unique new feature -- Live Radar.

    When Live Radar is selected in layers, you'll see NBC 5's S Band Radar, but when you zoom out to look at the entire country, you'll have the opportunity to view any available fixed NBC-owned radar in the country. 

    The radar presentation also shows any of the three StormRanger vehicles that are active in the country.

    When the unique new Live Radar feature was launched Tuesday, one of NBC's StormRanger vehicles could be seen on the map near Boston. (See video above.)

    Tapping any of the icons on the map takes you to that radar sweep.

    NBC is the only network to have this unique radar presentation.

    Along with the Texas Storm Fleet, the new layer added to the interactive S Band radar is the latest tool aimed at bringing you the best storm coverage in North Texas.

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    (Published Tuesday, March 14, 2017)

    1. How can I access the Live Radar?

    You can access the Live Radar in our iOS app or the weather section on our desktop and mobile sites.

    On the iOS app:

    • Make sure you have the most recent version of the app installed. If the below instructions don't work, visit the app store and update the app
    • If weather is NOT set as the homepage, navigate to the weather page by tapping on the weather icon and temperature in the top right of the app header
    • Tap your finger on the white circle with four arrows to expand the interactive radar
    • New app users, or users who did not set a default layer on the old version of the app, will see Live Radar right away
    • Existing users who set a default layer on the Interactive Radar will need to choose the Live Radar layer. In the top right corner of the radar map, click on the layers icon, which looks like 3 sheets of paper stacked on top of one another, and select Live Radar

    On mobile web:

    • Open a browser and navigate to the station’s weather page
    • At the top of the page, you will see the interactive radar view
    • Live Radar is the default radar in the “layers” menu (the icon at the bottom right that looks like 3 sheets of paper stacked on top of one another)
    • To change layers, click on icon at the bottom right that looks like three sheets of paper stacked on top of one another, select your desired layer, then click "close"

    On desktop:

    • Click here to go to the weather page
    • On the right, you will see the interactive radar view
    • Live Radar is the default radar in the “layers” menu (the icon at the bottom right that looks like 3 sheets of paper stacked on top of one another)
    • To change layers, click on icon at the bottom right that looks like three sheets of paper stacked on top of one another, select your desired layer, then click "close"

    2. What are the blue icons on the radar screen?

    • The blue icons indicate local, fixed Doppler radars. Black icons indicate StormRangers, NBC's exclusive mobile Doppler radars.

    3. How can I see other NBC radars?

    • Zoom out to view the entire US map, and you will be able to see all radars in the NBC Radar Network. You can click on any radar and you will be zoomed into that region.

    4. When will I see the sweep from my local radar?

    • Zoom in so that the entire area in view is within the radar area. The sweep has a defined range, so, if you have zoomed out too far the sweep will disappear. When this happens, you’ll notice that the radar header at the top of the screen changes.

    *Android app availability is expected Wednesday afternoon, March 15.

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