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Neil
 Neil
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I'm interested in your website recommendations for live USVI WEATHER RADAR.

There are the usual suspects...
www.weather.com www.wunderground.com the NOAA site, and www.stormpulse.com for hurricane tracking.
And I know we can get "forecasts" from any number of internet sites and phone apps.
Not really looking for those links.

What I'm REALLY interested in the Best Local Radar sites that show not only what the weather/storms situation is, but where it's coming from and what we might expect within a range of 1 hour to 8 hours.

Note: The standard radar image out of Puerto Rico shown on many weather sites is more than useless if you're on St Croix trying to see storms coming from the east or south because the radar region barely covers St Croix.

I'm particularly interested in such to help make diving and kayaking plans --where a local radar can really help.

Weather.com has a new interactive map that shows weather coming from the east. http://www.weather.com/weather/map/interactive/SCXX0001:1
Anybody have a site that shows a better, faster version of that info?

I'm also interested in what you might think is the best local radar IPHONE APP.

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Topic starter Posted : December 27, 2010 11:35 am
shdoug
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Here's my favorite:

http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=jua&product=N0R&overlay=11111111&loop=yes

Here's another one that shows more if you scroll down the page:

http://marquitosweather.com/cgi-bin/noaaport_satblast.pl

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Posted : December 27, 2010 11:48 am
IslandPilots
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This is the best one I have found, and the one most of the pilots use at work.

http://www.wunderground.com/radar/radblast.asp?ID=JUA

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Posted : December 27, 2010 4:08 pm
Exit Zero
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You can get the radar feeds from down island at -- www.weathercarib.com
And also using the satellite motion loops should give you a better idea for STX

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Posted : December 27, 2010 5:24 pm
Iris Tramm
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I know it wasn't what you were really asking for, but I like the NOAA C'sted Harbor buoy page for the 5-day graphs of wind direction and speed/gusts. (I don't care so much about air and water temps in this part of the hemisphere, but they've got that, too.) It's nice to have OTW readings for sailors.

http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=chsv3

I'd be interested in what else others rely on -- besides NOAA and Wunderground -- for local wind data.

IT

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Posted : December 27, 2010 6:44 pm
Neil
 Neil
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Thanks folks. Still hoping to find something awesome.

Still don't like the Puerto Rico radar as it is only good for STT, -or if you're flying that way, but not so much for STX, especially when the weather is coming from the south like it has recently. The weather buoy from Csted harbor is very interesting, thx.

Best I've found is still http://www.weather.com/weather/map/interactive/SCXX0001:1

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Topic starter Posted : December 28, 2010 7:24 pm
Exit Zero
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The radar feeds from downisland are real time and accurate - the St Martin one even reaches close to STX.

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Posted : December 28, 2010 10:01 pm
East Ender
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Neil: I think you are looking for a radar out of the USVI, and I don't believe it exists. You need to deal with the Puerto Rico and St Maarten radars.

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Posted : December 28, 2010 10:59 pm
specialk
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To see what's coming from the south try ABC radar (Curacao) at http://www.meteo.an/Img_Radar_ABC_Cappi_Still.asp

On the NOAA PR/VI radar page - choose the Long Range radar and you'll see as far as down island. To see any farther east than that you'd probably have to subscribe to a commercial weather service.

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Posted : December 29, 2010 10:42 am
Neil
 Neil
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The new St Martin radar site is down, and apparently often so. It takes you to the Curacao site's radar, which doesn't cover the Antilles.

The weather.com "trupoint" map I have linked up above is still the most comprehensive, navigable, and helpful radar site I've seen, though it is about 3 hours old each time I view it -which isn't helpful. Apparently it is a new feature/technology that composites and crunches data from a number of sources.

I wonder why the USVI doesn't have it's own radar.
hahaha

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Topic starter Posted : December 29, 2010 12:16 pm
Iris Tramm
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I wonder why the USVI doesn't have it's own radar.
hahaha

So you've been here awhile, then?

IT

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Posted : December 29, 2010 12:47 pm
Alexandra
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Some other weather info sites I use are:

http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/tatl/flash-vis.html

http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/carb/flash-ir2.html

http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/salt_river_bay#

There are others for additional info during hurricane season, as they track the potential storm cells then but don't have much info on them this time of year.

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