Developer: Base Velocity, LLC

Current Version: 3.3.2

Last Updated: 1 month ago

Download Size: 52.9 MB - Download


RadarScope is a specialized display utility for weather enthusiasts and meteorologists that allows you to view NEXRAD Level 3 radar data and severe weather warnings. It can display the latest reflectivity, velocity, and other radar products from any NEXRAD radar site in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico. These aren't smoothed PNG or GIF images, this is real Level 3 radar data rendered in its original radial format for a high level of detail.

Whether you are scanning reflectivity for a mesocyclone's tell-tale hook echo, trying to pinpoint the landfall of a hurricane's eye wall, or looking for small features like velocity couplets in the storm relative radial velocity product, RadarScope gives you the power to view true radial NEXRAD weather radar on your Mac.

RadarScope displays tornado, severe thunderstorm, and flash flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service. You can browse the list of active warnings in the information sidebar, select a warning to view the details, and even zoom to the selected warning on the map.

Zoom in and out on the map using the mouse or pinch gestures on multi-touch trackpads. Click and drag to scroll around the map. Select one of the 155 different radar sites using buttons on the map, the full radar list in the sidebar, or your list of saved favorites in the menu bar. Tap the play button to download and animate up to 20 frames of radar data. Dynamically display the names of over 25,000 cities and towns on the map as you zoom and scroll. Move the cursor over the color legend to see the data value associated with each color. You can also copy the currently displayed map to the clipboard or save it in several common image formats.

Meanwhile, RadarScope will retrieve and display updated data automatically and intelligently (approximately every 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the radar scan strategy).

You can display Level 3 radar data from NOAA's public access web site or use your Allison House subscriber account for radar data (recommended).

The RadarScope Pro subscription is an optional auto-renewing subscription for $9.99/year. It provides access to real-time lightning data that animates along with the radar loop and up to 20 frames of radar data, including *extended loops* of super-res level 2 data. Super-res level 2 data is still available to all RadarScope users without purchasing a subscription. RadarScope Pro subscribers can also access an optional multi-pane mode for viewing up to four radar products side-by-side.

If you choose to buy the RadarScope Pro subscription, it will charged to your iTunes account. The subscription will be auto-renewed within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period at the same price you originally paid. Subscriptions may be managed and auto-renewal disabled via your iTunes Account Settings after the purchase. Once purchased, the subscription cannot be cancelled during the active subscription period.

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Release Notes:

3.3.2 Fixes

- Fixed toolbar buttons to support macOS "Increase Contrast" system setting
- Updated color tables
- Fixed text wrapping in storm report detail view
- Fixed selected text color in list views w/"Increase Contrast"
- Fixed some layout inconsistencies
- Fixed cursor tracking text color w/"Increase Contrast"
- Fixed some incorrect tool tips
- Fixed non-tinted alert icons

3.3.1 Fixes

- Fixed a crash when clicking in the sidebar
- Fixed the disabled Lightning Data popup in the Preferences window
- Fixed account popup in Compose Tweet window
- Fixed a layout bug in the warning list
- Fixed an image export bug when multiple displays are in use
- Restores previously lost user locations and radar favorites when possible
- App quits when last open window is closed
- Status label updates correctly in account views
- Signing out of AllisonHouse account automatically reverts lightning data source to RadarScope Pro
- Improved legibility of some text labels when system Increase Contrast setting is enabled
- Improved behavior when editing user locations
- mPING Reports checkbox is now visible in the sidebar
- Emailed links to restore subscriptions open correctly
- Additional bug fixes


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 2.1
Review by muppetly

Good for super-res data and Allison House integration - Works as advertised, with access to the full suite of radar data - I’m not aware of any other app that does that. Viewing the super-res rada data simply requires selecting WDT (rather than NOAA) as the source in the Inspector tab. Watches, lightning, storm reports and mesoscale discussions require an AllisonHouse subscription. Given that the Radarscope Pro iOS app now includes lightning it would be nice if this became a option within this app without requiring an AllisonHouse subscription. Support is in the app settings section. Anyone who can’t figure that out probably should not be buying an app of this kind anyway.

Found helpful by 13 out of 13 people
Version 2.1
Review by Laeadville Fire Dept

does not work on macs - I have radar scope on my iphone & mac. The iphone version works great yet the mac versions radar is always at least one hour old. It states that it is one hour old in red on the top left plus I can tell by looking at the iphone version. No matter which radar or setting it is alway at least one hour old. Service told me to do several things with none working so I am stuck paying for a useless product. Why it can work with one Apple product & not another I have no clue yet looking online this seems to be a problem

Found helpful by 20 out of 32 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.3.2
Review by Justanotherterribleapplol

Good App; A Few Requests - Let me start off by saying that this app should be confined to weather enthusiasts, like myself! The application is fantastic overall, but there are a few things I wish would be different. First, please make the zooming/panning around more natural, user-friendly, and smooth. Second, please add the ability to type text in. PLEASE! Say you want to share a radar snapshot on social media, but you don’t want to have to type in the actual social media post, you could just create a little text box right on the screen as a 10 word or so summary or something. The lack of this feature is quite the inconvience, so please add this soon! Thanks!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 3.3.2
Review by WrapHead

SO Close... - I have been a storm chaser for a while now, and Radarscope was the first app I used. It’s nice when you’re mobile on your iPhone and uses the iPhone’s GPS to display your location. It’s also super cool that you can use you AllisonHouse subscription for data, outlooks, etc. ...Fast forward to today, I use Gibson Ridge almost exclusively. Why? Well having satelite imagery of the actual terrain for one, and having placefiles for roads per state is another, and also placefiles for model overlays such as the RAP, HRRR, METAR stations, etc. Plus, it also uses much more accurate GPS via a USB puck. If Radarscope had an “Advanced” version that had all of this I would drop GR3 instantly and go back to Radarscope. Don’t get me wrong, I still have it on my iPhone and iPad as a backup, but it’s not my #1. Please make it my #1. I have talked to countless other chasers in the field and we all agree. It’s SO close….but could be so much more. Make it a laptop/MacOS app and Im sold for life.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 3.3.2
Review by RadarinLA

New update causes crash when click on active warnings - The new update causes the app to crash every time I click on any active warning. All other functionality seems okay, but this issue is a big one.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people