Yesterday I was on a long bike ride on a peninsula near Traverse City, MI with my wife and 2 year old son. A storm was approaching. I’ve used Flowx to dodge storms before - I love Flowx. Well this time I said, “let’s head north towards the tip of the peninsula and we can dodge the storm.” AKA let’s ride straight into a dead end alley and get killed by this weather.
Luckily for me some people stopped us and said, ‘Hey a storm is coming. Wanna take refuge on our porch?’
I almost told them, ‘no, I have Flowx so we’re fine.’
Thank god I didn’t. We rested safely on their porch while the NOAA HRRR forecast was proven very very wrong and the entire area got smashed by a huge thunderstorm.
It’s storming again here this morning and I’m having massive questions about my understanding of the radar systems in Flowx and I need the forum’s help!
- Why is the NOAA HRRR composite radar so different than Rainviewer? It’s storming like crazy right here and now - 6:09am - I’m looking out the window. First screenshot: composite. 2nd screenshot: Rainviewer. Notice they are both selected for the last available data point, not a forecast (double clicked the time to get that) (right?).
Shouldn’t the composite radar include the base reflectivity and thus account for the rain that falling at ground level?
Perhaps the double clicking of the time in Flowx didn’t actually pull up the last known data in the composite and therefore I am looking at a forecast?
Duane, perhaps the icons for radar composite and Rainviewer data on the bottom of the map should be made to look different. Yesterday my icons were next to each other and I really wasn’t aware of the big difference between the two.
There is no radar forecast for Rainviewer data right? So as I’m ‘thumbing’ through time of Flowx and I continue past the current moment, do I have to manually switch my radar from Rainviewer to composite? I can see that the ‘precipitation’ data can be loaded behind the radar (Rainviewer or composite), but composite (NOAA with forecast) can’t be loaded behind Rainviewer. Or perhaps it could be loaded side by side? Rainviewer up to the current moment then an auto switch to composite?
Is there something I’m missing here? Is composite not supposed to be the best radar for ground level precipitation and tracking of storms like this overall?
Last thing: NOAA was supposed to release a major update to their radar recently and it was delayed, right? And that update was going to include more frequent data updates, right?
I’m shaken up by my inaccuracies yesterday. Thank god for those people. I would’ve led my family into serious trouble so I need to educate myself and get my feet back under me. Thanks Flowx community!! Looking forward to your help.
Damn! Can’t post more than 1 screenshot because I’m a new forum user. Will only post the NOAA composite screenshot for now.