Get to know the new StormTracker 13 Interactive Radar

By Mike Westfall, Senior Web Content Editor
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT

News 13 has launched our new, interactive radar that puts the power of StormTracker 13 at your fingertips like never before.

Our new radar map at mynews13.com/radar looks and works quite differently than you're used to with our old, county-by-county maps, so we've highlighted some of the new, state-of-the-art features to help you track showers and storms across Central Florida with pinpoint accuracy.

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How to view LIVE Radar

  • Click the PLAY button below the map to view a LIVE, 30-minute time lapse of showers and storms in Central Florida, powered by StormTracker 13.
  • Click the NOW button to refresh and view the latest, up-to-the minute radar image.

Search and save your location

  • In the search bar above the map, input your city or ZIP code. It should appear automatically for you to select.
  • After selecting your city, you'll see a Save City button. Click it and set your browser to remember your location.
  • Save multiple cities and use the search bar or ellipses button () next to the temperature to switch to each one.

Zoom in to your neighborhood

  • Use the + and − buttons in the upper-left corner of the map to zoom all the way down to your street.
  • Click and drag the map, itself, to move the center up, down, left or right.
  • Use your mouse's middle scroll wheel to zoom in and out on the map.
  • On mobile devices, pinch to zoom in and out, like you would on any website or map.

YOU control the speed and opacity

  • To the right of the play button and time stamp, click the + and − buttons to speed up or slow down the radar animation.
  • To the right of that, use the Opacity Bar to make the radar image more or less transparent, to more easily view your street behind the storms.

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Choose from 14 different options

Below the Play button, switch from StormTracker 13 to view other data and details.

StormTracker 13
The most accurate local radar you know and trust from News 13's Weather Experts, powered by Bright House Networks' high-powered solar energy system in Cocoa, using more than 130 solar panels.

Future Radar
Take a look at what to expect up to two days ahead.

National Radar
Radar data from the National Weather Service. Zoom out and drag the map around the country to view travel weather conditions.

NWS Local Radar
Local radar data from the National Weather Service in Melbourne. Compare this with StormTracker 13.

Storm Direction
See which way each storm cell is moving. Icons with arrows point the direction of each cell.

Temperature
Displays a color overlay showing the current temperature range. Zoom out of Florida to compare temperatures around the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

National Satellite
View infrared satellite radar over Florida and around North America.

Sensors
Instantly view current temperatures and conditions at weather centers around the world. Tap or hover over a temperature to see more stats, including wind speeds.

Spaghetti plots
View the latest models of an active tropical storm or hurricane.

NHC Track
See the current track of an active tropical storm or hurricane.

Atlantic Satellite
View the latest radar images across the entire Atlantic Basin, including the Eastern Seaboard, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

Watches
See LIVE watches around Florida and across the country. Click on a colored area to view the watch, then click on the posted watch to view the full statement.

Warnings
See active warning areas around Florida and across the country. Click on a warning area, then on the posted warning to view the full statement.

Hur Hunters
Get up-to-date information on current Hurricane Hunter flights in the air.

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Interactive Radar Help & FAQ

I'm having trouble using the interactive radar on my smartphone.

The new StormTracker 13 Interactive Radar is made for use on desktop, laptop and tablet devices.

For interactive radar on your smartphone, get the new, FREE News 13+ app for Apple iOS and  Android. You can learn more about the app here.

The new Interactive Radar is built using HTML5, so it can be viewed on any operating system.

I don't see a map. I only see a blank space where the radar map should be.

Make sure your computer's clock is accurate. If it's off by about an hour, your browser's requests for the interactive radar will not succeed, and you'll either receive a gray image or a 403 Forbidden error, depending on your browser.

The Interactive Radar requires JavaScript to be enabled in your browser. It does not run on Flash or Shockwave.

We recommend always trying in a private or "incognito" browsing window to ensure no other plugins, like Flash, are interfering. Here's how to open a private browsing window in the most popular Web browsers:

Firefox: Ctrl+Shift+P
Google Chrome: Ctrl+Shift+N
Internet Explorer (9+ only): Ctrl+Shift+P
Safari: Look for Private Browsing under the main "Safari" menu

If users have tried this, cleared caches/cookies, and are still getting nothing, the only other option is to review the debugging console to see exactly what errors are taking place.

What happened to the old map's dark green and blue colors?

We are working on revamping the color to match our look on TV, with dark green land and dark blue water, to make the interactive radar easier for you to view and decipher.

The Interactive Radar in our new News 13+ app uses a green-and-blue satellite image color scheme.

The Interactive Radar won't save my location.

Saved locations are stored using cookies and requires them to be enabled in your browser.

Browsing in a private or incognito mode will also not save your location.

If you still can't save your location and you're neither disabling cookies, nor browsing in private mode, try clearing your browser's cache. You can get help with doing this in your browser at RefreshYourCache.com. After clearing your cache, close the browser before trying again.

I can't view the interactive radar in Internet Explorer.

The new Interactive Radar is not compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8) or below. Please upgrade to the latest version of the browser, Internet Explorer 11, for optimized viewing of our radar and most websites across the Web.

If you can't upgrade to IE 11 and want to view our Interactive Radar, consider using another browser such Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Apple's Safari browser.

I get a security warning message when I try to view the Interactive Radar.

We are working to add an HTTP Secure (https) protocol to the Interactive Radar. For now, it is safe to allow your browser to view the radar map.

What are the differences between StormTracker 13, NWS Radar and NWS Local Radar?

NWS Local Radar shows data from the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

NWS Radar is the National Weather Service's data for the entire U.S. You can zoom out to view radar over the rest of the country, but this may be less accurate if you're looking at local conditions.

StormTracker 13 is the most accurate option for viewing local radar in Central Florida. It's powered by Bright House Networks' high-powered solar energy system in Cocoa.