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StormTracker 4: The Most Powerful Radar in the Tri-State

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    StormTracker 4 is a high-frequency S-band radar, of a kind previously reserved for the military and the government. It is the only one of its kind in the tri-state area, which gives NBC 4 greater resolution and clarity than other radar products in the region. (Published Monday, Jan. 30, 2017)

    StormTracker 4, a radar so powerful it will see the storms behind the storms.

    The state-of-the-art high-frequency S-band radar is online now, and its debut will bring NBC 4 viewers the best radar data available to the public. NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 are the first Northeast television stations licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate in the high-frequency S-Band.

    As a result, NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 viewers can access the most accurate and powerful broadcast weather technology anywhere in the Tri-State area.

    StormTracker 4 is the:

    Most Accurate: A dual-pol radar (meaning it scans both vertically and horizontally), StormTracker 4 can see storms down to the size of a drop of rain or snow flake. And because of its location, StormTracker 4 will have the best view of the sky conditions close to the ground in the New York tri-state area, where severe and winter weather happen.

    Most Powerful: StormTracker 4 is a high-frequency S-band radar, of a type previously reserved for the military and the government. It is the only one of its kind in the tri-state area, which gives NBC 4 greater resolution and clarity than other radar products in the region.

    StormTracker 4: Accurate, Precise, PowerfulStormTracker 4: Accurate, Precise, Powerful

    NBC 4 New York meteorologist Janice Huff introduces you to StormTracker 4, a radar so powerful it can see the storms behind the storms.
    (Published Monday, Jan. 30, 2017)

    Most Precise: There's no lag with StormTracker 4, no waiting for government data – StormTracker 4’s data is received by Storm Team 4 instantaneously, allowing us to warn you first during rapidly changing weather conditions.

    Most Technological: StormTracker 4 is exclusive to NBC 4 New York, and will be complemented by our mobile radar StormRanger 4, our chase truck StormChaser 4 and one of the largest teams of meteorologists and weather experts in the region.

    Time-lapse Video Shows StormTracker 4 ConstructionTime-lapse Video Shows StormTracker 4 Construction

    The state-of-the-art high-frequency S-band radar is under construction now, and its imminent debut will bring NBC 4 viewers the best radar data available to the public. Check out this time-lapse of it being built.
    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016)

    To activate StormTracker 4:

    On Desktop:

    • Open a browser and navigate to the station’s weather page
    • If the interactive radar is not on the Weather Landing Page, then navigate to the Maps and Radar page from the sub-navigation at the top of the page
    • Scroll down on the page to the “Interactive Radar and Maps” content
    • In the bottom right corner of the interactive radar map, click on “Layers”
    • A fly-out menu will appear. Click on the StormTracker 4 layer icon
    • To close the menu, click on the “x” in the top right corner of the menu
    • When the menu closes, the StormTracker 4 radar layer will be active on the map

    On Mobile Web:

    • Open a browser and navigate to the station’s weather page
    • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Interactive Radar and Maps” menu option
    • In the bottom right corner of the radar map, click on the layers icon. This icon looks like 3 sheets of paper stacked on top of one another
    • A fly-out menu will appear. Click on the StormTracker 4 layer icon
    • To close the menu, click on the “x” in the top right corner. When the menu closes, the StormTracker radar layer will be active on the map

    On Mobile Apps:

    • Open the app
    • If Weather is NOT set as the homepage, navigate to the weather page by tapping on the weather icon and temperature in the top right of the app header
    • Tap your finger on the gray arrow on the edge of the half moon map to expand the interactive radar
    • In the top right corner of the radar map, click on the layers icon. This icon looks like 3 sheets of paper stacked on top of one another
    • In the “Layers” section of the menu that appears, you will see an option for StormTracker 4
    • > On Android, click the checkbox next to StormTracker 4
    • > On iOS, tap the right edge of the StormTracker 4 menu item. This should place a blue checkmark next to StormTracker
    • To go back to the interactive radar map:
    • > On Android, click the back arrow in the top left corner of the menu
    • > On iOS click the “Done” button in the top right corner of the menu
    • When the menu closes, the StormTracker radar layer will be active on the map

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