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Downloading RIDGE Radar Images

Unlike the old radar display, "right clicking" on a RIDGE radar image will only allow you to copy or "save to the clipboard" the very top layer, based upon the selected overlays. In the toggle overlay section, just below the radar image, the right most selected overlay is the top image.

The right most overlay selected is the top image. In this case it is "Legend".

In the example above, the "Legend" graphic is the top image selected. Trying to save the RIDGE image will only save the legend graphic. In the toggle overlay example (below), the "Cities" overlay is the top graphic and the only one that can be saved by selecting the image.

The right most overlay selected is the top image. In this case it is "Cities".

A typical RIDGE radar view is comprised of seven individual images layered on top of each other through the use of style sheets. Except for the topography, these images are a "gif" format with a white background that has been made transparent. (The topography image is a compressed jpeg image.) To reproduce the RIDGE radar image, each layer needs to be captured and stacked on top of each other.

But it is not as bad as it sounds as fortunately, for any one radar site, once a copy of the overlays are obtained, only the radar image and the "Warnings" and "Legend" overlays change. The "Highways", "Topo", "Counties", "Rivers", and "Cities" overlays only needed to be downloaded once.

At present, there are three ways to obtain images from the RIDGE radar.

  1. Grunt method. Use the overlay toggles and "right click" on each layer to save it to the local computer. Remember, this only saves the right-most image as indicated by the toggle bar.
  2. Screen Capture. Use the toggle overlays to configure the image then use a screen capture utility to save the image to the local computer. This saves the steps needed to stack the images onto of each other in a graphics program and is also how all the RIDGE images used in this section were obtained.
  3. Download the individual files. All RIDGE radar images are downloadable and all that is needed is the URL. The table (below) provides the paths to each image. For the radar image, legend, or warnings images, the most recent graphic available ends in "_0.gif". For example, the most recent radar image for the Fort Worth Doppler radar is...
    http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/RadarImg/N0R/FWS_N0R_0.gif
    To view and retrieve the 20 most recent radar images then the URL is...
    http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/RadarImg/N0R/FWS/
    The filename format for these recent images is: xxx_YYYYMMDD_hhmm_N??.gif, where
    xxx - Radar site ID
    YYYY - year
    MM - month
    DD - day
    hh - hour
    mm - minutes
    N?? - image ID (N0R, N0S, etc)

Ridge Graphics

The paths to the RIDGE graphics/images are...

  • Base Reflectivity (out to 124 nm)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/RadarImg/N0R/xxx (directory for past images)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/RadarImg/N0R/xxx_NCR_0.gif (for current image)

  • Storm Relative Motion
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/RadarImg/N0S/xxx (directory for past images)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/RadarImg/N0S/xxx_NCR_0.gif (for current image)

  • One-Hour Precipitation
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/RadarImg/N1P/xxx (directory for past images)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/RadarImg/N1P/xxx_NCR_0.gif (for current image)

  • Composite Reflectivity
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/RadarImg/NCR/xxx (directory for past images)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/RadarImg/NCR/xxx_NCR_0.gif (for current image)

  • Storm Total Precipitation
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/RadarImg/NTP/xxx (directory for past images)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/RadarImg/NTP/xxx_NTP_0.gif (for current image)

  • Base Reflectivity (out to 248 nmi)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/RadarImg/N0Z/xxx (directory for past images)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/RadarImg/N0Z/xxx_NCR_0.gif (for current image)

 


Ridge Overlays

The paths to the RIDGE overlays are...

  • Topography
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Overlays/Topo/Short/xxx_Topo_Short.jpg
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Overlays/Topo/Long/xxx_Topo_Long.jpg

  • County boundaries
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Overlays/County/Short/xxx_County_Short.gif
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Overlays/County/Long/xxx_County_Long.gif

  • Rivers
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Overlays/Rivers/Short/xxx_Rivers_Short.gif
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Overlays/Rivers/Long/xxx_Rivers_Long.gif

  • Highways
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Overlays/Highways/Short/xxx_Highways_Short.gif
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Overlays/Highways/Long/xxx_Highways_Long.gif

  • Cities
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Overlays/Cities/Short/xxx_City_Short.gif
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Overlays/Cities/Long/xxx_City_Long.gif

Warnings Overlay

The paths to the NWS severe weather warnings overlays are...

  • Short range
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Warnings/Short/xxx (directory for past images)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Warnings/Short/xxx_Warnings_0.gif (for current image)

  • Long range
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Warnings/Long/xxx (directory for past images)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Warnings/Long/xxx_Warnings_0.gif (for current image)

Legend Overlays

The paths to the RIDGE legend overlays are...

  • Base Reflectivity (out to 124 nm)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Legend/N0R/xxx (directory for past images)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Legend/N0R/xxx_N0R_Legend_0.gif (for current image)

  • Composite Reflectivity
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Legend/NCR/xxx (directory for past images)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Legend/NCR/xxx_NCR_Legend_0.gif (for current image)

  • Storm Relative Motion
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Legend/N0S/xxx (directory for past images)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Legend/N0S/xxx_N0S_Legend_0.gif (for current image)

  • Base Velocity
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Legend/N0V/xxx (directory for past images)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Legend/N0V/xxx_N0V_Legend_0.gif (for current image)

  • One-Hour Precipitation
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Legend/N1P/xxx (directory for past images)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Legend/N1P/xxx_N1P_Legend_0.gif (for current image)

  • Storm Total Precipitation
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Legend/NTP/xxx (directory for past images)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Legend/NTP/xxx_NTP_Legend_0.gif (for current image)

  • Base Reflectivity (out to 248 nm)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Legend/N0Z/xxx (directory for past images)
    • http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Legend/N0Z/xxx_N0Z_Legend_0.gif (for current image)

 

Radars ID's by Site
  • ABC - Bethel, AK
  • ABR - Aberdeen, SD
  • ABX - La Mesita Negra/Albuquerque, NM
  • ACG - Sitka, AK
  • AEC - Nome, AK
  • AHG - Anchorage/Kenei, AK
  • AIH - Middleton Islands, AK
  • AKC - King Salmon, AK
  • AKQ - Wakefield/Norfolk-Richmond, VA
  • AMA - Amarillo, TX
  • AMX - Miami, FL
  • APD - Fairbanks, AK
  • APX - Alpena/Gaylord, MI
  • ARX - LaCrosse, WI
  • ATX - Everett/Seattle-Tacoma, WA
  • BBX - Beale AFB, CA
  • BGM - Binghamton, NY
  • BHX - Eureka, CA
  • BIS - Bismarck, ND
  • BLX - Billings, MT
  • BMX - Shelby County AP/Birmingham, AL
  • BOX - Taunton/Boston, MA
  • BRO - Brownsville, TX
  • BUF - Buffalo, NY
  • BYX - Key West, FL
  • CAE - Columbia, SC
  • CBW - Caribou (Loring AFB), ME
  • CBX - Boise, ID
  • CCX - Moshannon St Forest/State College, PA
  • CLE - Cleveland, OH
  • CLX - Charleston, SC
  • CRP - Corpus Christi, TX
  • CXX - Burlington, VT
  • CYS - Cheyenne, WY
  • DAX - McClellan AFB/Sacremento, CA
  • DDC - Dodge City, KS
  • DFX - Bracketville/Laughlin AFB, TX
  • DGX - Jackson/Brandon, MS
  • DIX - Fort Dix, NJ/Philadelphia, PA
  • DLH - Duluth, MN
  • DMX - Acorn Valley/Des Moines, IA
  • DOX - Dover AFB, DE
  • DTX - Pontiac/Detroit, MI
  • DVN - Davenport/Quad Cities, IA
  • DYX - Moran/Dyess AFB, TX
  • EAX - Pleasant Hill/KC, MO
  • EMX - Tucson, AZ
  • ENX - East Berne/Albany, NY
  • EOX - Ft. Rucker, AL
  • EPZ - El Paso, TX
  • ESX - Las Vegas, NV
  • EVX- Red Bay/Eglin AFB, FL
  • EWX - New Braunfels AP/Austin-San Ant, TX
  • EYX - Edwards AFB, CA
  • FCX - Roanoke, VA
  • FDR - Frederick, OK
  • FDX - Field Village/Cannon AFB, NM
  • FFC - Peach Tree City/Atlanta, GA
  • FSD - Sioux Falls, SD
  • FSX - Flagstaff, AZ
  • FTG - Front Range AP/Denver, CO
  • FWS - Spinks AP/Dallas-Ft Worth, TX
  • GGW - Glasgow, MT
  • GJX - Grand Junction, CO
  • GLD - Goodland, KS
  • GRB - Green Bay, WI
  • GRK - Central Texas (Ft Hood), TX
  • GRR - Grand Rapids/Muskegon, MI
  • GSP - Greenville/Spartanburg (Greer), SC
  • GUA - Andersen AFB, Guam
  • GWX - Columbus AFB, MS
  • GYX - Gray/Portland, ME
  • HDX - Holloman AFB, NM
  • HGX - League City/Houston, TX
  • HKI - South Kauai, HI
  • HKM - Kohala, HI
  • HMO - Molokai, HI
  • HNX - Hanford AP/San Joaquin Valley, CA
  • HPX - Ft. Campbell, KY
  • HTX - N.E./Hytop, AL
  • HWA - South Hawaii, HI
  • ICT - Wichita, KS
  • ICX - Cedar City, UT
  • ILN - Wilmington/Cincinnati, OH
  • ILX - Central (Springfield), IL
  • IND - Indianapolis, IN
  • INX - Shreck Farm/Tulsa, OK
  • IWA - Williams AFB/Phoenix, AZ
  • IWX - Webster, IN
  • JAX - Jacksonville, FL
  • JGX - Robins AFB, GA
  • JKL - Jackson, KY
  • JUA - San Juan, PR
  • LBB - Lubbock, TX
  • LCH - Lake Charles, LA
  • LGX - Langley Hill, WA
  • LIX - Slidell AP/New Orleans, LA
  • LNX - North Platte, NE
  • LOT - Chicago, IL
  • LRX - Elko, NV
  • LSX - St Charles City/St Louis, MO
  • LTX - Shallotte/Wilmington, NC
  • LVX - Ft Knox Mil Res/Louisville, KY
  • LWX - Sterling, VA/Washington DC
  • LZK - Little Rock, AR
  • MAF - Midland/Odessa, TX
  • MAX - Medford, OR
  • MBX - Minot AFB, ND
  • MHX - Newport/Morehead City, NC
  • MKX - Sullivan Township/Milwaukee, WI
  • MLB - Melbourne, FL
  • MOB - Mobile, AL
  • MPX - Chanhassen Township/Minn-St.P, MN
  • MQT - Marquette, MI
  • MRX - Knoxville, TN
  • MSX - Pt Six Mtn/Missoula, MT
  • MTX - Promontory Pt/Salt Lake City, UT
  • MUX - Mt Umunhum/San Francisco, CA
  • MVX - Fargo, ND
  • MXX - Carrville/Maxwell AFB, AL
  • NKX - San Diego, CA
  • NQA - Millington NAS/Memphis, TN
  • OAX - Omaha, NE
  • OHX - Old Hickory Mt/Nashville, TN
  • OKX - Brookhaven/New York City, NY
  • OTX - Spokane, WA
  • PAH - Paducah, KY
  • PBZ - Coraopolis/Pittsburgh, PA
  • PDT - Pendleton, OR
  • POE - Ft Polk, LA
  • PUX - Pueblo, CO
  • RAX - Triple West AP/Raleigh-Durham, NC
  • RGX - Virginia Peak/Reno, NV
  • RIW - Riverton, WY
  • RLX - Charleston, WV
  • RTX - Portland, OR
  • SFX - Pocatello/Idaho falls, ID
  • SGF - Springfield, MO
  • SHV - Shreveport, LA
  • SJT - San Angelo, TX
  • SOX - Santa Ana Mountains/March AFB, CA
  • SRX - Western Arkansas/Ft. Smith, AR
  • TBW - Ruskin/Tampa Bay, FL
  • TFX - Great Falls, MT
  • TLH - Tallahassee, FL
  • TLX - Twin Lakes/Oklahoma City, OK
  • TWX - Wabaunsee County/Topeka, KS
  • TYX - Ft Drum AFB/Montague, NY
  • UDX - Rapid City, SD
  • UEX - Grand Island, NE
  • VAX - Moody AFB, GA
  • VBX - Vandenberg AFB, CA
  • VNX - Vance AFB, OK
  • VTX - Sulphur Mtn/Los Angeles, CA
  • VWX - Evansville, IN
  • YUX - Yuma, AZ


Radars ID's by State
  • Alabama
    • BMX - Birmingham
    • EOX - Fort Rucker
    • HTX - Nrn. Alabama
    • MOB - Mobile
    • MXX - E. Alabama

  • Alaska
    • ABC - Bethel
    • ACG - Sitka/Biorka Is.
    • AEC - Nome
    • AHG - Kenai
    • AIH - Middleton Is.
    • AKC - King Salmon
    • APD - Fairbanks/Pedro Dome

  • Arizon
    • EMX - Tucson
    • FSX - Flagstaff
    • IWA - Phoenix
    • YUX - Yuma

  • Arkansas
    • LZK - Little Rock
    • SRX - W. Ark./Ft. Smith

  • California
    • BBX - Beale AFB
    • BHX - Eureka
    • DAX - Sacramento
    • EYX - Edwards AFB
    • HNX - Hanford/San Joaquin Vly.
    • MUX - San Francisco Bay Area
    • NKX - San Diego
    • SOX - Santa Ana Mtns
    • VBX - Vandenberg AFB
    • VTX - Los Angeles/Oxnard

  • Colorado
    • FTG - Denver/Boulder
    • GJX - Grand Junction
    • PUX - Pueblo

  • Delaware
    • DOX - Dover AFB

  • Florida
    • AMX - Miami
    • BYX - Key West
    • EVX - Eglin AFB/NW Florida
    • JAX - Jacksonville
    • MLB - Melbourne
    • TLH - Tallahassee
    • TBW - Tampa Bay Area

  • Georgia
    • FFC - Atlanta/Peachtree City
    • JGX - Robins AFB
    • VAX- Moody AFB

  • Guam
    • GUA - Andersen AFB

  • Hawaii
    • HKI - Kauai
    • HKM - Kohala
    • HMO - Molokai
    • HWA - South Shore

  • Idaho
    • CBX - Boise
    • SFX - Pocatello

  • Illinois
    • ILX- Central IL
    • LOT- Chicago

  • Indiana
    • IND - Indianapolis
    • IWX - Nrn. Indiana
    • VWX - Evansville

  • Iowa
    • DMX - Des Moines
    • DVN - Quad Cities

  • Kansas
    • DDC - Dodge City
    • GLD - Goodland
    • ICT - Wichita
    • TWX - Topeka

  • Kentucky
    • HPX - Fort Cambell
    • JKL - Jackson
    • LVX - Louisville
    • PAH - Paducah

  • Louisiana
    • LCH - Lake Charles
    • LIX - New Orleans
    • POE - Fort Polk
    • SHV - Shreveport

  • Maine
    • CBW - Caribou
    • GVX - Portland

  • Maryland
    • LWX - Baltimore

  • Massachusetts
    • BOX - Boston

  • Michigan
    • APX - Gaylord
    • DTX - Detroit
    • BRR - Grand Rapids
    • MQT - Marquette

  • Minnesota
    • DLH - Duluth
    • MPX - Minneapolis

  • Mississippi
    • DGX - Jackson/Brandon
    • GWX - Columbus AFB

  • Missouri
    • EAX - Kansas City
    • LSX - St. Louis
    • SGF - Springfield

  • Montana
    • BLX - Billings
    • GGW - Glasgow
    • MSX - Missoula
    • TFX - Great Falls

  • Nebraska
    • LNX- North Platte
    • OAX - Omaha
    • UEX - Hastings

  • Nevada
    • ESX - Las Vegas
    • LRX - Elko
    • RGX - Reno

  • New Jersey
    • DIX- Mt. Holly

  • New Mexico
    • ABX - Albuquerque
    • FDX - Cannon AFB
    • HDX - Holloman AFB

  • New York
    • BGM - Binghamton
    • BUF - Buffalo
    • ENX - Albany
    • OKX - New York City/Upton
    • TYX - Montague

  • North Carolina
    • LTX - Wilmington
    • MHX - Morehead City
    • RAX - Raleigh/Durham

  • North Dakota
    • BIS - Bismarck
    • MBX - Minot AFB
    • MVX - Grand Forks

  • Ohio
    • CLE - Cleveland
    • ILN - Wilmington/Dayton

  • Oklahoma
    • FDR - Frederick
    • INX - Tulsa
    • TLX - Oklahoma City
    • VNX - Vance AFB

  • Oregon
    • MAX - Medford
    • PDT - Pendleton
    • RTX - Portland

  • Pennsylvania
    • CCX - State College
    • DIX- Philadelphia
    • PBZ - Pittsburgh

  • Puerto Rico
    • JUA - Puerto Rico/V.I.

  • South Carolina
    • CAE- Columbia
    • CLX - Charleston
    • GSP - Greenville/Spartanburg

  • South Dakota
    • ABR - Aberdeen
    • FSD - Sioux falls
    • UDX - Rapid City

  • Tennessee
    • MRX - Knoxville/Tri Cities
    • NQA - Memphis
    • OHX - Nashville

  • Texas
    • AMA - Amarillo
    • BRO - Brownsville
    • CRP - Corpus Christi
    • DFX - Laughlin AFB
    • DYX - Dyess AFB
    • EPZ - El Paso
    • EWX - Austin/San Antonio
    • FWS - Dallas/Fort Worth
    • GRK - Central Texas
    • HGX - Houston/Galveston
    • LBB - Lubbock
    • MAF - Midland/Odessa
    • SJT - San Angelo

  • Utah
    • ICX - Cedar City
    • MTX- Salt Lake City

  • Vermont
    • CXX - Burlington

  • Virginia
    • AKQ - Norfolk/Richmond
    • FCX - Blacksburg/Roanoke
    • LWX - Sterling

  • Washington
    • ATX - Seattle/Tacoma
    • LGX - Langley Hill
    • OTX - Spokane

  • Washington D.C.
    • LWX - Washington

  • West Virginia
    • RLX - Charleston

  • Wisconsin
    • ARX - La Crosse
    • GRB - Green Bay
    • MKX - Milwaukee

  • Wyoming
    • CYS - Cheyenne
    • RIW - Riverton