Getting the most out of Tornado Channel

TornadoChannel.com Logo Tornado Channel was designed to be as simple to use as possible. The focus is on the storm chasers, their video streams and chatting. However, there’s a lot going on under the hood of Tornado Channel! It can be a lot to explain all at once, so here’s a list of tips to help you get the most out of the site!

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Now supporting USTREAM!

TornadoChannel.com now supports Ustream Tornado Channel started off in March 2017 with YouTube as the primary streaming provider, but that wasn’t the end-all-be-all. I’ve had plans to include other streaming services and today the implementation of USTREAM went live!

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Changes to General Chat

TornadoChannel.com General Chat Chaser List Each chaser gets their own individual chat which they can see and use during their chase. We also have a General Chat and today I’ve made a change to Tornado Channel’s chat setup.

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UK Storm Chasers now on Tornado Channel!

TornadoChannel.com Custom Map Storm Chaser From UK Another item that’s been long-standing on the to-do list was to incorporate the use of the GPSLogger for Android app for those chasers in other countries who cannot use Spotter Network. Today, that’s been implemented with our first storm chaser outside of the USA!

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New Map Markers!

TornadoChannel.com Custom Map Storm Chaser Markers When I was creating the website, I was getting myself familiar with the various methods to get information about storm chasers. One method is using Spotter Network. They have a great API which has the chaser position, but also their direction of travel. So I had it on my to-do list to utilize that direction field and show it on the map. The idea was to use the map marker to show a little arrow in the direction the chaser is traveling.

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More Map Weather Data Options!

TornadoChannel.com Map Options The TornadoChannel.com Map Options control panel allows you to select the weather information you want to see on the map. From NEXRAD Radar, NWS Watches and Warnings, to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) Day 1 and Day 2 convective outlooks. There’s even the SPC Mesoscale Discussion overlay so you can see where future storms will appear.

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Your Donations Really Help!

TornadoChannel.com Thank You For Your Donation I’m not sure if it gets said enough, but I wanted to thank all of you who have donated to TornadoChannel.com! To date, over 150 hours of development, and 2 full servers are what TornadoChannel.com is made of. The donations really show me that you guys enjoy what’s been built. It keeps me motivated to keep adding features and making this the best platform it can be.

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Dark Map Now Available

TornadoChannel.com Dark Map Option Just wanted to put up a quick post about the dark map. By popular demand I’ve added a Dark Map option! The dark map is pretty awesome, and I’m glad it was requested. It’s the only map I use now! The dark map helps reduce eye strain when watching live storm chasers on large screens, or even in a dark room.

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