Level 3 super-resolution radar update

WSR-88D Radar
The Level 3 super-resolution radar data has come to the National Weather Service satellite feed, but otherwise, it won’t be publicly available. Radar image: NOAA

Here’s an update on the Level 3 Super-resolution data coming from the National Weather Service…

As expected, on February 2, 2022, Super-resolution level 3 products from Raleigh, NC, were added to the NOAAport satellite data broadcast. Over the next 3 weeks, all the other NEXRAD sites will be added.

But after sending emails to the Radar Operations Center, these new products will NOT be sent to the NWS public FTPPROD server. So, this has the following implications:

1. Super-resolution level 3 radar data from NEXRADs will ONLY be available by the NOAAport satellite feed until further notice.

2. The NWS determined that it does not have the resources to send the Super-resolution NEXRAD products to the public server. Therefore, the standard definition products will continue to be there, and that is the only place where you can find them. This also means that if you do not have a vendor subscription such as to AllisonHouse, or unless you have a level 2 radar viewer, you will NOT see super-resolution data.

3. Our Co-President and COO, Ryan Hickman, is also determining a way to use the NOAA generated, satellite-based level 3 Super-resolution products, but yet be able to create our own (as we have been doing for quite a while) if an outage occurs. This would not be automatic; we would determine if the outage will last more than just a short time, and then we would manually switch back to our homemade feed.

4. Hopefully you are following along. Now, the National Weather Service sends out BOTH standard resolution AND super-resolution products for the Terminal Doppler Weather Radars (TDWR’s) for airport and immediate surrounding areas. The standard definition resolution products WILL disappear, leaving only the super-resolution products for use on the satellite feed AND the public NOAA server,

Yeah, my head is spinning. How about yours? When asked if the public servers will ever see super-resolution level 3 data, the answer I essentially got was…maybe, we wanted to have it when it went live over satellite, but we have more work to do to make it happen.

But what it DOES mean is that AllisonHouse will be the place to be for super-resolution level 3 data! You can view it using RadarScope, GRLevel3, and other radar software we offer subscriptions to. They’re a great value for the money, as you get LOTS of data, not just super-resolution radar!
If you’re not a customer, give us a try. We think you’ll like us….at a great price!

We thank you for your patience during this transition, and we will make sure this as seamless as possible for all of our customers.

2 Comments

  1. Shane Young's Gravatar Shane Young
    February 23, 2022 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    Really appreciate you guys continuing to follow up on topics like this and Mesonet data walls. Being the only well-organized source of data you could just raise prices and champion challenging data acquisition for the public. But you’re out there looking out for the community, and giving updates on how things are going. Really is impactful in the long run for someone like me trying to do more processing with the raw data, and will benefit innovation and improved weather safety in the future I am sure of it

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