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StreamerRT is a real-time weather decision system. StreamerRT was built to provide a fully interactive mapping platform with a comprehensive collection of weather data. Monitor real-time station observation data from the WeatherBug network and overlay numerous enhanced data sets to stay up-to-date with significant weather events before and after they develop.
Use StreamerRT to create the specific custom view that is important to you and then monitor your weather through easy access to your custom views, slideshows and animations.
StreamerRT Login URL – http://professionalportal.weatherbug.com/login.asp
StreamerRT – Temperature contour, Temperature points and Current Radar
System Requirements - The following are the recommended system requirements to experience the optimal performance from WeatherBug Professional StreamerRT:
Browser: IE 7.0 or IE 6.0.2900.2180 but IE 7.0 is recommended
Connection: Broadband Connection (DSL, Cable Modem, T1 or T3)
Hardware: Pentium IV or better
RAM: 2 GB or greater for light users; 4 GB or greater for heavy users
Screen Resolution: 1024x768 or higher
Contact your IT Department to open security access to the following StreamerRT URLs: http://dashboard.streamerrt.weatherbug.com
The user can view a station point or other data layer Map Tip information by selecting a data point and left-clicking on that point when these data layers are enabled. Once the Map Tip is enabled, you can click for further details (Dashboard) by clicking on the “Details” link found at the bottom of the Map Tip.
Data layers with Map Tip information include Station Points, NWS Alerts, Forecast Points and Tropical Information.
If the Map Tip information does not display when the data point is selected and a left-mouse click is performed, check to make sure it is the top data layer on the map. A data layer can be brought to the top by selecting the ‘Top’ control from the Data Pane.
After the Map Tip displays it can be moved anywhere by simply left-clicking on the window and dragging the mouse to place in a new location.
A user can zoom-in by selecting the Zoom-In button or by double clicking on the map or by using the mouse scroll wheel. Choosing one of these options will produce a zoom of 50%, centered on the middle of the map. In addition, the user can select the area zoom button to draw a zoom box to better zoom to a specific area.
A user can zoom-out by selecting the Zoom-out button. The view will zoom out 50%, centered on the middle of the map.
A user can pan the map in 8 directions by clicking on the pan wheel. A user can also left click anywhere on the map and drag the map in any direction.
When the user selects this icon, the map will zoom out to the default full extent of the US.
4 tools for managing distance measurement overlays will be added to StreamerRT
Tools will be located on lower menu bar between the navigation tools and the saved views.
Line, Circle, Square
Clicking on a tool will activate it for drawing
Left mouse click on the map to drop the location point you want to measure from and then drag the mouse to the distance or point of interest.
Releasing the right mouse button will set the distance drawing on the map.
For a line, when clicked, a “drawing properties” window will open and display the lat/lon points and the distance of the line,
For a circle, when clicked, a “drawing properties” window will open and display the center point lat/lon and the radius distance of the circle.
For a square, when clicked, a “drawing properties” window will open and display the top left point lat/lon and the height and width distances of the square.
The eraser removes “active” distance drawings.
To remove a drawing, right clicking on the line of a distance drawing layer will change it from red to blue.
Clicking on the eraser symbol will activate the eraser function.
Clicking on the blue drawing will remove it from the map.
Multiple distance drawings can be added at once.
Layers will relocate and resize as the active map is zoomed and panned.
If multiple distance drawings are drawn on a map, right clicking on a drawing will activate it and display the location specs in the “Drawing Properties” box in the upper left.
Refresh and Clear
When a user selects the Refresh button in the Data pane, the data layers currently displayed on the map will refresh.
When a user selects the Clear All Layers button in the Data pane, the map and data pane will be cleared of all data layers.
Map Layers include County and State Boundries which will overlay all map layers with black borders. It is best to only use the County Boundries layer on close zoom, otherwise they may take extra time to draw.
Each data menu category will allow the user to turn on a single layer using a radio button or multiple layers using one or more check boxes. Generally only one point layer can be enabled at a time and one contour layer can be enabled at a time per category. When a data item is enabled it will become visible on the map and an entry will be entered in the data pane on the right of the application.
As the user selects data layer entries from the menu options, the Streamer map display will refresh to include the newly selected data.
Station point data displayed on the map is auto-updated every 1 minute.
Country alerts can be viewed by clicking the box next to national alert service for which the user subscribes. Clicking the box next to National Weather Service (NWS) under the Alert section on the top navigation will display the alert data layer in the data pane.
The layer will display three default alert groups (checked) – Severe, Flood and Winter. The user can check or un-check the layers in the data pane that are of interest. This action will also allow the user to view multiple alert layers that may be “hidden” by other alerts issued for the same region.
Severe Weather - Tornado Warning, Severe Thunderstorm Warning, Tornado Watch, Severe Thunderstorm Watch, Flash Flood Warning
Flood - Flash Flood Warning, Flood Warning, Coastal Flood Warning, Flash Flood Watch, Flood Watch, Flood Statement
Winter Weather - Winter Storm Warning, Winter Storm Watch, Winter Weather Advisory
Non-Precipitation - Frost and Freeze Warning, Frost and Freeze Watch, High Wind Warning, High Wind Advisory, High Wind Watch, Lake Wind Advisory, Dust Storm Warning, Air Stagnation Alert, Wind Chill Advisory, Wind Chill Warning, Excessive Heat Warning, Dense Fog Warning, Freezing Fog Warning
Fire Weather - Red Flag Warning
Tropical Weather - Hurricane Local Statement, Hurricane Warning, Hurricane Watch, Tropical Storm Warning, Tropical Storm Watch, Extreme Wind Warning
Coastal Weather - Coastal Flood Warning, Coastal Flood Watch, Coastal Flood Statement, Lake Shore Warning Statement, Tsunami Warning, Tsunami Watch
Civil Emergency - Civil Emergency Message, Civil Emergency Message, Avalanche Watch, Avalanche Warning, Child Abduction Emergency
Alert Map Tip – Allows you to view the alert summary information for each displayed alert on the map. Make sure the alert layer is the top layer on the map in the data pane menu. All the alerts in effect for the location clicked will display in the Map Tip.
After the Map Tip displays it can be moved anywhere by simply left-clicking on the window and dragging the mouse to place in a new location.
Click on the Details link (lower left of alert Map Tip) to launch the detailed alert information screen.
WeatherBug Severe Weather Alerts
Severe weather alerts are generated from the WeatherBug Protect alert detection and notification system. Real-time weather conditions are tracked and monitored using the proprietary WeatherBug Network for conditions such as extreme temperatures, wind, rainfall, wind chill, heat index and lightning. Alerts are generated and mapped to 5km by 5km grid squares for the continental US.
WeatherBug Protect – Heat Index – WeatherBug proprietary 5km by 5km alert grids indicating real-time heat index values above 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit
WeatherBug Protect – Temperature - WeatherBug proprietary 5km by 5km alert grids indicating real-time temperature values below 32 degrees Fahrenheit
WeatherBug Protect – Wind Chill - WeatherBug proprietary 5km by 5km alert grids indicating real-time wind chill values below 30, 15 and 0 degrees Fahrenheit
WeatherBug Protect – Lightning - WeatherBug proprietary 5km by 5km alert grids indicating real-time lightning strikes within 6, 10 and 15 miles
WeatherBug Protect – Wind Gust - WeatherBug proprietary 5km by 5km alert grids indicating real-time wind gust values above 40 miles per hour
WeatherBug Protect – Rain Rate - WeatherBug proprietary 5km by 5km alert grids indicating real-time rain rate values above 1 inch per hour
View station observation point data and/or detailed color contour images for numerous station data attributes by leveraging the exclusive WeatherBug Network.
Temperature – current surface temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit
Temperature Rate – measured temperature change in the last six minutes expressed as an extrapolated hourly temperature change rate (plus or minus) in degrees Fahrenheit
Daily High Temperature – measured highest temperature in degrees Fahrenheit for the current day
Daily Low Temperature – measured lowest temperature in degrees Fahrenheit for the current day
Dew Point – current surface temperature to which the air must be cooled for water vapor to condense into water (dew) in degrees Fahrenheit
Dew Point Rate - measured dew point temperature change in the last six minutes expressed as an extrapolated hourly temperature change rate (plus or minus) in degrees Fahrenheit
Dew Point Depression – the difference between the temperature and the dew point
Humidity – the amount of water vapor in the air expressed as a percent of maximum saturation
Heat Index – index that combines the current temperature and humidity to determine an apparent temperature in degrees Fahrenheit
Wind Chill – index that factors air temperature and wind speed to determine an apparent temperature felt on exposed skin in degrees Fahrenheit
Wind Speed and Direction – current wind speed and direction in miles per hour
Daily Gust Speed and Direction – highest wind gust speed in miles per hour and direction for the current 24 hour period
Rain Rate - measured rain total in the last six minutes expressed as an extrapolated hourly rain rate in inches
Daily Rain – measured amount of rain in inches for the current day 24 hour period
Pressure - the pressure exerted by the atmosphere at sea level expressed in inches of mercury
Pressure Rate - the measured pressure exerted by the atmosphere at sea level in the last six minutes expressed as an extrapolated hourly pressure change rate expressed in inches of mercury
Wet Bulb Approximation – the lowest temperature that can be obtained by evaporating water into the air
Deviation from Yesterday – difference of the current temperature from the temperature at the same time 24 hours ago
Station Map Tip – Allows you to view a quick data summary of many critical real-time station weather parameters and daily values. To enable a Station Map Tip, left-click on the data point that you want to view and the Map Tip will appear. After the Map Tip displays it can be moved anywhere by simply left-clicking on the window and dragging the mouse to place in a new location.
Station Dashboard – In addition to the station Map Tip, the user can click on the “Details” link found at the bottom of the Map Tip for a Dashboard.
The Station Dashboard allows a user a comprehensive view of weather station observations including camera images, daily and monthly observation summaries/graphs as well as 7-day and hourly forecast information.
Forecast Model Data
View National Weather Service NDFD forecast data for current temperature and daily high/low temperature out to seven days. In addition, view critical Forecast Deviation points and/or contours which provide the immediate location where the weather is unexpectedly hot or cold.
NWS (NDFD) Forecast Current Temperature and Day 1-7 – NWS forecast information provided by the NDFD available as point data and color contour
Current Observed Temperature minus NWS (NDFD) Temperature Forecast – The deviation between forecast temperatures and current temperatures available as point data and color contour.
Radar and Satellite
Current Radar and Forecast radar mosaics show where precipitation is and where it is headed. Track precipitation accumulation totals over a 1, 3, 6, 12 and/or 24 hour period.
Current Radar Mosaic - Doppler radar 1km composite radar image covering the continental U.S. 15 radar dBZ (decibels of Z, where Z represents the energy reflected back to the radar) levels are shown covering 5 to 75+ dBZ and color keyed each 5 dBZ. The data is updated every 5 minutes.
Single Site Radar – Individual WSR-88D Doppler radar locations (Includes Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico.)
Checking the Single Site Data Layer under Radar & Satellite adds the 4-letter ID locations to map and a data layer to the data view pane. Site IDs are plotted in a white box with black text.
Left-clicked single site location text will display the default Base Reflectivity I data layer and will load the data layer into the data view pane. . Site ID marker will change to red to indicate it is ‘active’.
Single Site Data available for display and animation
These radar data layers will be available for display by clicking radio button.
Base Reflectivity I - 124nmi range, angle = 0.5 degrees
Base Reflectivity II - 124nmi range, angle = 1.5 degrees
Base Reflectivity III - 124nmi range, angle = 2.5 degrees
Base Reflectivity IV - 124nmi range, angle = 3.5 degrees
Composite Base Reflectivity - 248nmi range
Base Velocity - 124nmi range, angle = 0.5 degrees
Base Velocity - 124nmi range, angle = 1.5 degrees
Base Velocity - 124nmi range, angle = 2.5 degrees
Base Velocity - 124nmi range, angle = 3.5 degrees
Composite Base Velocity - 248nmi range
Storm Relative Velocity - 124nmi range, angle = 0.5 degrees
Storm Relative Velocity - 124nmi range, angle = 1.5 degrees
Storm Relative Velocity - 124nmi range, angle = 0.5 degrees
Storm Relative Velocity - 124nmi range, angle = 1.5 degrees
Composite Storm Relative Velocity - 248nmi range
Vertically Integrated Liquid
SCIT data layers
Clicking on a single site location will also include the available SCIT (Storm Cell Identification and Tracking) information in the data view pane. Checking any/all data layers will display SCIT markers available from the selected radar site. Right clicking the SCIT marker will display map tip window for the storm.
Storm Tracks – show motion and speed of cell over one hour with 15 min markers
If Prob of Severe Hail >or= 50%
If Prob of Severe Hail >or= 30%
If Prob. Of Hail >or= 50% and Prob of Severe Hail = 0%
If Prob. Of Hail >or= 30% and
Mesocyclones – orange donut
TVS – Tornado Vorticity Signature - upside down solid red triangle
ETVS – Elevated Tornado Vorticity Signature - upside down hollow red triangle
SCIT data is not available for animation. The most recent SCIT information will plot when selected.
Storm Cell Info – This data layer is the direction and speed given to cells that are being tracked in NWS Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Warnings. It displays a direction and speed indicating the direction and speed the threatening storm cell is moving. Clicking the data point displays a map tip with more information on the storm.
1 Hour Forecast Radar – 1 hour forecast Doppler radar 1km composite radar image covering the continental U.S. 15 radar dBZ levels are shown covering 5 to 75+ dBZ and color keyed each 5 dBZ. The data is updated 4 times an hour.
2 Hour Forecast Radar – 2 hour forecast Doppler radar 1km composite radar image covering the continental U.S. 15 radar dBZ levels are shown covering 5 to 75+ dBZ and color keyed each 5 dBZ. The data is updated 4 times an hour.
3 Hour Forecast Radar – 3 hour forecast Doppler radar 1km composite radar image covering the continental U.S. 15 radar dBZ levels are shown covering 5 to 75+ dBZ and color keyed each 5 dBZ. The data is updated 4 times an hour.
4 Hour Forecast Radar – 4 hour forecast Doppler radar 1km composite radar image covering the continental U.S. 15 radar dBZ levels are shown covering 5 to 75+ dBZ and color keyed each 5 dBZ. The data is updated 4 times an hour.
Satellite Visible - Visible channel satellite image that covers the continental U.S. Cloud cover is depicted by reflected sunlight off the cloud tops. Image will be black where the sun is not shining. Image is updated every 15 minutes.
Satellite IR - Infrared channel satellite image which covers the continental U.S. Cloud cover is depicted by detecting water droplet temperatures. Image is updated every 15 minutes.
Rain Water Accumulation – precipitation accumulation estimates derived from the Nationwide Level II mosaics (NMII) every 5 minutes retaining the high resolution 1km grid.
Track Hurricanes, lightning, flood conditions and major snow forecast and accumulation areas.
WeatherBug Total Lightning
The WeatherBug Total Lightning data layer has a number of options in displaying the lightning information. Strikes in the last 1, 15, 30 and 60 minutes can be displayed. Each of these intervals has the option to display Cloud-to-Ground (CG), In-Cloud (IC), or both as well as the Flashes or Strokes.
Strokes are the various discharges that make up a single flash. There are multiple strokes associated with a flash.
At this time, only CG flashes and strokes can have the polarity indicated. This is done by displaying the location of the flash with a positive or negative symbol. The legend displays the type of strike by color with the Cloud-to-Ground showing both positive and negative parameters.
The Animate radio button will allow the user to animate the lightning. The animation can be stopped and cleared by clicking on the selected radio button. The radio button will become unselected and any animation currently displayed on the map will be removed.
The user can operate the animate using the buttons on the legend bar. The animation can be pause, advanced forwards or backwards or jumped to the beginning or end. This area is also the place where selection of the animation duration is done. One and three hour animations can be selected.
The age of the lightning stroke or flash is color coded as indicated in the legend on the animation bar. As the animation is played, the strike colors will change as the lightning animation continues to move forward in time. An example of a three hour animation is shown below.
The user must be zoomed into zoom level 9, 10 or 11 to be able to access map-tip information on the strike. The map tip for lightning displays the location, time and amperage.
Clicking on Details allows the user to see a complete table of lightning data that is being viewed on the current zoom level.
Clicking the Lightning Archive link will open a page that will allow the user to access lighting data up to 6 months in the past. Follow the directions carefully as attempting to download too much data may sometimes not be allowed.
(Important: Viewing of the data is done through Google Maps. The user must have this application downloaded and operational on their desktops to be able to view archive data.)
Flash Flood Guidance - Flash Flood Guidance estimates the average number of inches of rainfall for given durations required to produce flash flooding in the indicated county issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) River Forecast Centers. These estimates are based on current soil moisture conditions. Note, in urban areas, less rainfall is required to produce flash flooding.
Significant River Flood Outlook - This Flood Outlook is intended to provide a general outlook for significant river flooding provided by the NWS Hydrometeorological Prediction Center
Current Fire Perimeters – location of active fire perimeters provided by the Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination Group (GeoMAC)
Snowfall Amount – Accumulated snowfall amount (in inches) for 1, 3, 6, 12 and 24 hours on a 1km grid over the CONUS. The 1 hour snowfall amount is updated every 5 minutes, all others are updated hourly.
Snow Amount Forecast – The expected total accumulation of new snow (in inches) in a 6 hour period. The 6 Hour periods correspond to 8AM – 2PM, 2PM – 8PM, 8PM – 2AM, 2AM – 8AM represented in EST. The Snow Amount (0 - 6 hours) data layer will represent the 6 Hour period that corresponds to the current EST.
Storm Reports – Reports received at local NWS Forecast Offices of significant or severe weather events or effects that have been observed. Reports are displayed with different symbols for Hail, Tornado, Wind Gust or Damage. Reports display for the current calendar day. Each symbol has a map tip that can be accessed that will give more information on each event.
The Tropical data is separated by Atlantic and Pacific Basin sub-menus. Basins allow for single storm viewing of “Active” and “Historical” plots. Current year historical track plots are now viewable.
Active and Historic storm “Map-Tips” show storm data and bulletins for each historical, current and forecast point.
Click on the “Bulletins” link in the Map Tip for further information and discussion on the tropical event.
Hurricane Track - Official NHC tropical forecast track for active storms. Forecast points are every 12 hours for 0 - 72 hours. Date and time are given in UTC. Number at forecast point is the forecast sustained wind speed at that forecast interval. Data updates 4 times a day, roughly 3, 9, 15 and 21 UTC
Hurricane Cone - defines the uncertainty of the official NHC forecast track. Error in track forecasts dictates that the line of the track is the best estimate, but the cone gives the potential area the storm could actually fall into. Data updates 4 times a day, roughly 3, 9, 15 and 21 UTC
Tropical Model Forecast Lines - Tropical model forecast lines for active tropical cyclones. Lines are for the available National Hurricane Center Operational Track Guidance Models and connect forecast points which are for 12 hour forecast intervals from 0-120 hours. Data updates 4 times a day, roughly 3, 9, 15 and 21 UTC
AVNI (Interpolated Aviation Model)
BAMD (Beta and advection model; deep layer)
BAMM (Beta and advection model; medium layer)
CEMN (Canadian Ensemble Mean)
CLIP (Climatology and Persistence Model)
COAI (Coupled Ocean/Atmosphere Mesoscale Prediction System (COAMPS) - Atlantic grid interpolated 06 hours)
DSHP (Statistical Hurricane Intensity Prediction Scheme (SHIPS) with inland decay)
GFDI (interpolated NWS Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Model)
LBAR (Limited Area Sine Transform Barotropic Model)
NGPI (Interpolated Navy Operational Global Prediction System)
OFCI (Interpolated Official National Hurricane Center Forecast)
XTRP (Extrapolated forecast of current track)
Tropical Model Forecast Points - Tropical model forecast points for active tropical cyclones. Points are for the available National Hurricane Center Operational Track Guidance Models for 12 hour forecast intervals from 0-120 hours. Data updates 4 times a day, roughly 3, 9, 15 and 21 UTC
Hurricane Wind Swath - Wind swath information is derived from the NHC advisories for the current position report and shows the forecasted extent of 34, 50 and 64 KT (39, 58, and 74 MPH) winds
Status Bar Shows View, Animation and Slideshow Status
Custom Setting Buttons
Each user can save custom views that include the preferred map extent and active data layers. The user can quickly switch between any custom view for rapid visualization of changing weather conditions.
Any view can be set as the ‘default’, which will result in that view getting loaded each time on login. In addition, a view can be selected as ‘Enable 6hr and 12hr animation’.
Views can be ordered by holding down the left mouse button and then dragging and dropping the view name into the desired order.
Upon initial creation of a view with 6 & 12 hour animation enabled, images will begin accumulating for the view at 15 minute intervals. The view must be defined 6 to 12 hours prior to accessing it for playing a complete 6 or 12 hour animation.
When enabling 6 & 12 hour animation for a view, all animate-able layers shall be available for the map extent defined in the view not just the layers that were selected at the time the view was saved.
Select View Button – View names are hot linked so you can quickly switch to a new custom view.
Select Create New View Button – Enter a new name for custom view to save the map extent and active layers.
Custom views can be grouped into a slideshow presentation. The user can configure which custom views to add into a slideshow and which order the views will display as well as how long each view will display.
Select New Slideshow – Select your predefined custom views to add to a new slideshow. The Add View button allows the user to add additional custom views for the slideshow.
Select Slideshow – Slideshows are available for easy selection and will begin playing immediately.
Data View Pane
When a weather data layer is enabled from the Data Menu, the data layer is displayed in the Data View Pane. The Data View Pane provides easy access for the user to view which data layers are displayed on the map and provides additional functions for that data. The Data View Pane can be expanded and collapsed by left clicking on the left edge of the window.
View Data Layer
The first checkbox entry allows the user to turn off a layer from the map, but keeps the data layer entry in the Data View Pane for easy access to turn on when needed.
The Legend radio button allows the user to turn on legends for the applicable data layers. Only one legend can be displayed on the map at a time. The legend can be cleared by clicking on the selected radio button. The radio button will become unselected and any legend currently displayed on the map will be removed. If a data layer does not have a legend check box, then that particular data layer does not have a legend button.
Animate Data Layer
The Animate radio button will allow the user to animate one of the data layers in the data pane. Only one data layer can be animated on the map at a time. The animation can be stopped and cleared by clicking on the selected radio button. The radio button will become unselected and any animation currently displayed on the map will be removed. If a data layer does not have an animate button, then that particular data layer cannot be animated.
Animations can be selected for 1, 3, 6 or 12 hour periods. If a user moves the map from a 6 and 12 hour animation enabled custom view, the 6 and 12 hour animation feature will no longer be enabled. One and three hour animation, however, will be available on any map extent and view for all layers capable of animation.
While animating, the animation bar will display showing images for the user selected period of 1, 3, 6 or 12 hours. New images will automatically be added to the animation sequence.
Move Layer to Top
Each data layer in the data pane can be ordered by right clicking on the layer to be moved and dragging and dropping it into the order desired. Moving a data layer to the top of the list in the data pane will allow the map tips to be viewed for that layer.
Data Layer Update Time
Data layers will now show the time of the latest update performed in the image server. This update time will show in the individual data layer in the data pane. This includes the composite radar, lightning, points and contours.
Advanced Severe Weather Monitoring Platform
StreamerRT is designed to provide an advanced weather monitoring capability for numerous weather scenarios. The following examples show a few of the many severe weather monitoring configurations available:
Monitor severe storms with NWS and WeatherBug Protect Alerts.
Quickly visualize and identify areas of extreme heat or cold.
Monitor rainfall accumulation totals and identify areas with a Significant River Flood outlook.
Monitor Hurricane strength and position forecasts.