NOAA Hi-Def Radar review: One of the best apps for storm radar

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NOAA Hi-Def Radar (iOS)

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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good NOAA Hi-Def Radar has fast-loading radar animations, tons of useful features for tracking weather, and a bookmarking system to save multiple locations.

The Bad The app doesn't send notifications or alerts for approaching storms.

The Bottom Line NOAA Hi-Def Radar is an excellent way to track storms, giving you a ton of useful information, but it's missing one important feature.

8.2 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 9.0
  • Features and Support 8.0
  • Interface 8.0
  • Performance 9.0

NOAA Hi-Def Radar delivers great-looking animated radar maps to give you a better look at weather systems close to you, but it's missing one important feature.

Having a traditional forecast in front of you is useful, but being able to see the path of an actual storm is sometimes the feature you need most. You can use the interactive radar maps in NOAA Hi-Def Radar to see when rainstorms are approaching, see where lightning strikes have occurred, and devise a plan if a severe storm is coming your way. The app tracks weather activity across the entire United States, but it also uses the latest images from NOAA satellites covering the Atlantic and Pacific oceans so you can stay informed during hurricane season, too.

Using the app
To check weather in your area, simply tap the current location arrow to get a satellite view with the latest weather activity. Just as with local TV forecasts, you'll be able to view cloud and storm movement to see if a storm is coming your way in smooth high definition. You can see when each satellite image was taken, and watch as it moves to the next image on the timeline. When a new image becomes available, the radar map is updated only a few minutes later. Also, you can touch a button in the lower right to search for other locations, get a forecast for the point at the center of your map, and adjust which buttons you want to see on the NOAA Hi-Def Radar home screen.

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