Raindar

Raindar

Rain coming? Check Raindar! Animated Doppler radar on Google Maps for the US.


Additional Informations
  • Current Version: 2.5
  • Updated: November 3, 2013
  • Requires Android: 2.2 and up
  • Installs: 500,000 - 1,000,000

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Descriptions


Rain coming? Check Raindar! Animated Doppler radar on Google Maps for the US. Now also on Google TV and tablet!

Going somewhere and you're not sure if you need to bring your umbrella? Want to check if there's going to be fresh powder snow on the slopes in Tahoe tomorrow? Check Raindar! Raindar displays animated Doppler radar images on your Google Map. When you start Raindar it automatically focuses on your location so you can quickly see if there is precipitation coming your way. When pressing the search button on your phone you can now also search for locations within the US!

Raindar works out of the box but has many configuration options (see the recent changes page).

Color:
- green/yellow/red is rain
- blue/white is snow

Raindar can now also display storm tracks! It displays different icons for each of the 4 types of storms:

- Yellow circle: thunderstorm
- Yellow square: Hail Storm
- Yellow diamond: Rotating Thunderstorm (Mesocyclone)
- Magenta triangle: Tornado Vortex Signature (pretty heavy!)

When clicking on one of those icons a dialog will appear with detailed information.
The storm tracks also display the direction and speed of the storm in the form of an arc. The arc is split in 3 parts: 20, 40 and 60 minutes until the storm reaches that area.

On Google TV:
- Use the D-pad for navigate up/down/left/right
- Use the media forward/back or next/previous buttons to zoom in and out

Radar images and storm track data courtesy of Weather Underground. Raindar displays images from the WunderMap.
Geocoding courtesy of GeoNames.org.

If you find a bug, or have suggestions, contact me by email.

Reviews


4.4
6,890 total
5 4,716 
4 1,120 
3 415 
2 210 
1 429 

  • Raindar
    Timothy Huey Published date: July 20, 2013

    Fixed! Backed to being easily my number 1 radar app. Incompatible S4. Works great s2 This is by far my favorite radar app. Yesterday I got a new phone, a Samsung S4, will not work with this phone! I think the screen resolution is messing it up. I really need this fixed quickly. And because I Spent so much money on it I feel justified in my demands. It's only a 1 on the S4 all other phones its a 5 easy. Full Review

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    Adam R Published date: December 4, 2017

    The first time I have ever wrote a review on any app, car or major appliance. I took you for granted Raindar, your interface and storm tracking used to be the best. No other weather radar will ever be like what you once were. It's like I lost a beloved pet or loved one. Sadly I will be deleting you. You never know how good you have it until its gone. Sad day. Not even kidding. 😥 Full Review

  • Raindar
    Accumulator1 Published date: December 25, 2015

    Best Simple Radar App Reliable precision radar I count on during severe weather and activity planning. Just radar without extra clutter. Very small file download. Always smooth animation without image skips, showing direction and speed. The map can be dragged around to change location, also zoomed in/out. Looks like AccuWeather map. For tracking, I wish I could have the yellow arrows instead of fans, it be less cluttered. Full Review

  • Raindar
    Published date: May 13, 2014

    Raindar! I wanted to thank you for developing such a fantastic app, Raindar is awesome! If possible in the next release; a button to pause the animation a the most recent frame and also a menu item to refresh the map would be greatly appreciated. It's difficult to view the characteristics of a current storm when the radar is moving and sometimes the image becomes outdated frequently and must be restarted to load the new one. Feel free to consider a donate app as well, I'd gladly toss a few bucks your way. Full Review

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    Kevin M Published date: September 11, 2013

    I did love it, but... ****** Old review... I'm an amateur weather nerd, and this app allows me to track storm cells. You can click on each cell and get even more info. Great free app, keep up the good work. Galaxy nexus ****** update. For a while now it will restart my phone as soon as I tap the icon to load the app. Dunno what that is about but it's not good. Samsung Galaxy Nexus, JB 4.2.1 Full Review

  • Raindar
    A Google User Published date: May 17, 2015

    UPDATE: I hope this is still Accurate, hasn't been updated in years. Did developer abandon this? Good accurate radar, nice UI. Some people complain it's a data hog, it's nothing given today's apps. I have a nexus 7 with 32GB internal memory, maybe you need to upgrade your devices and get with the times - dump the crickets. Full Review

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    Rick Heg Published date: September 20, 2017

    Even though there are more detailed radar apps, this one is just right for me because it is light and super fast. Two things needed: a refresh button and a widget. Update: It's been 3 years since this was updated, but it's still my go to app for radar. No it doesn't have storm tracks or lightning strikes etc..., but it's clear and fast, exactly what I need. Full Review

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    jeff brownfield Published date: January 19, 2017

    Phone Nexus 6P, stock, 6.0.1 App has stopped displaying stormtracks. I've uninstalled/reinstalled the app, turned the setting for it on and off numerous times and no change. They still work on my wife's Nexus 6. That was one of the best features about Raindar. I've had this app for a long time. Emailed the developer and never got a reply. I still use it but really miss the stormtrack feature. Full Review

  • Raindar
    Stanton Barbas Published date: February 13, 2014

    The only weather app I ever need I watch the news in the morning and get my general weather info there. What the temperatures are, if there is a chance of rain, ect.. When I'm out in the field, all I care about is where the rain is in relation to me. This app has been god send. No nonsense. No fumbling through pages of information. No ads. I click the App and BAM! I know where the radar shows the rain. If I can find a way to donate, I will. This is the most important TOOL on my phone. Full Review

  • Raindar
    Phil DeCastro Published date: October 23, 2014

    Excellent for what it is. I am a Meteorologist by profession. This app is the simplest, cleanest, no frills radar app that I have been able to find. No toolbars to clutter the screen, just a plain old radar app. It won't give you high res data or anything like Radarscope or Pykl3 would, but you're also not paying 10 bucks for it ;) It's my go-to when I want a simple, broad look at the radar. Full Review

  • Raindar
    Charles Webster Published date: April 2, 2016

    Know BEFORE you see it This app puts all the weather reporters to shame because it lets you see the REAL PICTURE. My grandfather would always say "if you want to know what the weather is look outside your window because those weather reporters are never going to tell you the truth." Well with Raindar you don't have to wait to see the weather outside your windows to know if it's rain or shine. I love this app. Full Review

  • Raindar
    Dean Meredith Published date: September 28, 2013

    Feature Request This program is awesome but would like to see a additional feature added to it to make it more user friendly. Its nice to have it automatically check for updates based on location change and if your location has changed it updates to radar but it should be better than that. Add this feature in this way: Add 2 options for the user to select. Option 1: update radar based on location change for those that are constantly moving or traveling using their GPS. Option 2: Update radar anytime a new update is available or check every 3-5 minutes for a update for those that may use their device at home or work where they are not moving so you don't have to constantly touch the screen or move the map to get a update. That is kinda annoying to have to do that. Add this feature and it would be a solid 5 on feedback right now I give a 4.0 Thanks Dean Full Review

  • Raindar
    A Google User Published date: August 30, 2016

    Raindar Great app! Hardly any lag time in the radar. If it's on the radar, it's happening outside. Update: Still the best real time radar app I've ever found! Only thing that could be added to make it better would be real time lightning strikes. 8/30/16 My S4 is gone, have an LG G5, and the radar has stopped working as of today. Please check it. Lost a star this time. Full Review

  • Raindar
    Mary Richards Published date: April 27, 2017

    ❤ A must down load... if you work out side or just need to know when the rain or storm is coming and when its leaving well then this app will help you. It gives you the 3 hour loop and it has never let me down. I would tell everyone to down load this app. Its GREAT keep up the good work... ! Full Review

  • Raindar
    Marcel Coffman Published date: August 30, 2016

    Love it! Even though it hasn't been updated in about 3 years, I have used Raindar for much longer than that and have come to depend on it daily. The data stream outage over the past few days had me fearing that this was the end. I was overjoyed when I opened it minutes ago to see the data was flowing again. Full Review

  • Raindar
    David Johnson Published date: July 21, 2017

    I'm a Fire Chief and regularly use this app to track bad weather. Incredibly accurate and reliable. However, there used to be a storm track feature that is no longer working, PLEASE fix it or bring it back. The feature was amazingly accurate and helped me keep my people safe during weather events. Solid 5 star of that feature is restored! Full Review

  • Raindar
    Philip Gruber Published date: January 7, 2018

    I use this app purely for the radar loop. It used to be amazing, but as of late it's like it isn't even trying to load anything. It just pops up a map 90% of the time and doesn't display any weather. 2 stars instead if 1 because, in the rare event that it does load, it's definitely my favorite app for this. Full Review

  • Raindar
    A Google User Published date: September 28, 2014

    Best FREE Radar out! The title says it all. Hands down the best free weather radar app around. UPDATE: I've been using this app for a little over a week now, and after using it, I can't believe I actually paid for MyRadar, this is BY FAR the superior product. Full Review

  • Raindar
    Isaac McDonald Published date: May 27, 2016

    Short sweet and to the point This app does one thing and does it well, display doppler radar images for your current location. The lack of bells and whistles is this apps strength. It's the kinda app you trust knowing it's not going to run some background process and eat your battery. Full Review

  • Raindar
    Andrea Lundgren Published date: September 18, 2015

    Love it...but don't now! I love this app.....but now not so much... since my last update ..the print of the towns and roads are soooo tiny...even with zooming in!! ..unless my eyes have gotten so bad as of late! I have told a lot of my friends about this app and they too like it. Such a quick reference to weather/radar!...I would even use it as a map to find roads....please change the print back to where I can read it? Ty Full Review

  • Raindar
    Kirk Thompson Published date: January 11, 2016

    Best yet. The best weather radar app to date. No excess crap to deal with, goes straight to radar and is very accurate to within a minute or less. If all you care about is where the precipitation is falling at the moment and what direction it is moving this is the app for you. I would give it a thousand stars if that was possible. Cheers to the creators of this app! Full Review

  • Raindar
    Ron Swift Published date: July 18, 2017

    A top-tier weather app with a 5 star rating. One of life's 'little' pleasures. A delight to use. Flows excellently from sector to sector. Accurate tool, a wise choice! Radar clarity sharp! A 'go-to' choice for severe conditions. What I "hear" is on the ground from local broadcasts, I "see" from this app! Thanks team! [Material design update superb!] Full Review

  • Raindar
    Richard Myers Published date: July 11, 2013

    Actually 5-star, but... ...I really would like to mark a number of locations for fast lookups, not just mine. I've got kids and other family all over the map. Still, this is an essentially perfect app. It does exactly what it promises. (Samsung GS3) Full Review

  • Raindar
    Gregory Semrad Published date: December 10, 2014

    Great "real time" Radar. Other weather apps are usually 5-10 min behind what is actually happening in your location. This is as current a radar as I've found to actual weather event. Also gives you "base reflectivity" & other Doppler radar settings. This is critical info when living in "Tornado Alley." A BIG THANK YOU TO THE DEVELOPER! Full Review

  • Raindar
    april clabaugh Published date: May 18, 2017

    I have used this app for years and I opened it up today cause it looked like it was going to storm. Low and behold there is no storms showing up anywhere in the nation, but it's storming here and I still see nothing. Please fix. I brag about this app to everyone and I can't encourage people to get it if I can't even use it. Full Review

  • Raindar
    Jehoshua Sanchez Published date: November 1, 2016

    Problem with the radar I have a HTC Desire 526 and the App dont show storms track and altittude info and other informaciótion. Y like this app is my favorite, but please can you send a update to fixed. Galaxy Core have same problems. Full Review

  • Raindar
    Jared j Published date: June 8, 2015

    Excellent! Great app! Like how simple the interface is and how fast it responds. And the absence of ads is also well appreciated. Could use a refresh button. Looking forward to future updates! Update: alright, is this just another vaporware app? No updates in almost 2 years now Full Review

  • Raindar
    Brian Mader Published date: May 22, 2015

    Great Radar Hasn't been updated in a few years but still seems to work well. Limited permissions, clean UI and no ads . I like the ability to track storms and click on them to get individual information on each storm cell . Great job . Full Review

  • Raindar
    A Google User Published date: June 25, 2013

    Used to work great The compass feature is gone after this last update. Stopping to look for landmarks to get my bearings and orient the map is a pointless hassle since the compass was close enough even in the midst of fog. Now I have to open a separate compass app or search the horizon and hope I can figure it out. I am using a DROID RAZR maxx. Full Review

  • Raindar
    Anna Moon Published date: August 11, 2015

    The best basic radar app! Things I love: it's clear cell edge even when viewing microscopic/specific area (most apps when viewing closed in are pixelated or fuzzy edged. Sorry cant think of better way to say. I also appreciate storm tracks that project expected path. It is always accurate! What Im not fond of is that it rarely shows me my location marker anymore - it helps for quick peeks for updates so I can see how dangerous cells are moving (especially nice for when on the road.) Fix this and Ill rate it 5 stars! Full Review

  • Raindar
    Doug Kutzli Published date: January 7, 2018

    Used to be the best! But now no storm tracks, no lightning data, radar doesn't load. I loved it because it was pure radar without the alerts and forecasts etc. I can get that from other apps if I want. The app once saw me thru severe weather season and hazardous winter driving with great accuracy and reliability and without ads but no more. I have a great new device S8+ that has super resolution but can't enjoy Raindar. It's a shame. The search is on again for a different WX radar app. Full Review

  • Raindar
    Koby L. Bird Published date: December 8, 2017

    As for most users, this is a great app for real time radar. The problem of no rain showing in the US and time problem (about 6 hours ahead) is occurring to me also. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling, cleaning the phone and playing with different settings. I see this has been happening for a year or so with no response from the developer. Please respond to us and tell us how to fix this otherwise great app. 3 stars for now. Full Review

  • Raindar
    R n J Schmidt Published date: March 1, 2015

    Use it all the time. Great in Florida. Fantastic when riding our motorcycles and horses. Most always shows our little summer showers. Fast to load and doesn't have a bunch of settings or ads. We have it set for precipitation and that's what we get. If you have issues with it shutting down your phone or doing something else have your phone checked its probably your phone not the app. This is a great app! Thanks! 😊 Full Review

  • Raindar
    Bryan Fisher Published date: August 12, 2016

    Why do I need 4 apps to get the info I need? Radar is spot on for rain but needs to update every 5 minutes. Storms can move 10-15 miles in 15 minutes and go from just rain to dangerous in the same time frame. No wind from regional sources, no lightning, no satellite images. Fix all that and you have a 5 star app. Full Review

  • Raindar
    Michael Desselle Published date: August 30, 2016

    Stopped showing any rain, anywhere Use to work great until a few days ago and now all of a sudden it quit showing rain anywhere even though we had rain early this morning. It still loads but shows no rain or any doppler images. Need a fix... Full Review

  • Raindar
    John C Published date: June 2, 2014

    Compass? I've used this app for ~3 years. I've told lots of people to use it and most that I know of do. Taking the compass away made your app useless. Wasted space on our devices since a web page shows just as much just as easy. Full Review

  • Raindar
    Tim Davis Published date: September 6, 2016

    Awesome app I tell all my friends at work.. I say.. its going to rain hard in 10 minutes.. and last for 20 minutes and the sun will come back.. then it happens all thanks to this app. Now I subtract one star because I want to see cloud cover/sattelite as well Full Review

  • Raindar
    Peters CrotonNursery Published date: May 4, 2016

    The Only One we need: Dictates how we structure the day: Need to run irrigation or will Mother Nature give the plants a good soaking? Plant nursery, gardening projects, any outdoor activity with minimal shelter from rain can depend on this app. Full Review

  • Raindar
    James Bush Published date: October 10, 2017

    Well...ultimately only one use, to see if it will rain, but many different occasions to use it! Should I start or stop mowing? Do I leave the beach? Can I load a couch in the back of my truck and it not get wet by the time I get it to the next location? Raindar will answer all of these questions and more! With Raindar all things are possible! Well all things relating to rain are possible anyway.... Full Review

  • Raindar
    Bob Pejovic Published date: October 10, 2017

    What has happened to this app? Used to be a wonderful, fast loading and accurate app for real time increase your risk radar imagery. Now it's raining outside where I live and according to the app there is no rain anywhere in the continental United States! What have you done to this app??? Full Review