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MetService “frees up” radar services for Christchurch

The crown forecaster, MetService, has this past week freed up the Christchurch rain radar for the general public to view following last Tuesday’s earthquake.

The radar, which is high resolution, shows Christchurch city as well as neighbouring centres such as Darfield and south to Rakaia.  A service that is vital to Cantabrians.

Images are updated every 15 minutes. 

Normally free access, in this country, is limited to one image once every 60 minutes – for commercial reasons.  Radars are updated every 7 minutes for those who want to pay.

In Australia, Canada and the USA 4 to 7 minute radar images are free to the public all the time. applauds this move and hopes MetService will extend this service to other regions at times of need and beyond.

You can view the special Christchurch rain radar here.



Celtickiwi on 2/03/2011 3:11am

Oh thats good news.

Hey WW team, whats happening with the ‘low risk’ prediction of thunder storms this evening around Bay of Plenty? Is there any activity on the Lightning tracker near our area? I cant check it for myself because it wont load and then my comp freezes up.

cheers 🙂

WW Forecast Team on 2/03/2011 4:13am

There are a few thunderstorms over Coromandel Peninsula, that’s it at this stafe.

– WW

Matt on 2/03/2011 2:24am

Why does it take a natural disaster for metservice to open up their radar service, its in an interest for public safety for it to be free all the time.

Paul Mallinson on 2/03/2011 12:20am

What ever happened to the article by those very credible science people about predicting earthquakes you had posted earlier today? Surely this one merits continued exposure rather than some of the stories – even further down the older news list?!!

Lets try and educate the public and debunk people like ken Ring!

WW Forecast Team on 2/03/2011 12:34am

Hi Paul – thanks for asking, as it appears a bug in our website has temporarily hidden that story (although it’s still on our site).  Have refreshed the cache and it is now back on the homepage for all to read.



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