Six minutes is far too long between radar animation frames.
Here in FL, six minutes can be the difference between a downpour and sunny skies. Also, 6 min results in a too jumpy animation that makes it difficult or impossible to determine motion of thunderstorms.
Provide options for various refresh rates from 1 or 2 min, 3 min, or 6 min or people with slow computers or connections.
Also the animation is unpredictable, sometimes working at one zoom level, but not at another.
The animation needs a lot of improvement
the real problem here is that most of this data comes from NOAA - and NOAA only updates things every 5 minutes
I find it hard to believe that there could not be a technical solution that
would reduce the time between radar updates. Even reducing it to 3 or 4
minutes could be a great help. Previously, I think the update period was 3
min, but there was no automatic update as now. It would be a reasonable
compromise to go back to 3 min updates and require the viewer to manually
update. Another compromise might be to restrict the more-frequent update
relative to the zoom level. There is no need for a 3 min update that
covers an area of hundreds of miles, but there is a real need for a 3 min
update for a zoomed in area of a few miles. The data transmitted for the
zoomed in, more-frequent update would be reduced, much as the data is
reduced when only a few pixels of a high-res image are transmitted.
As a matter of fact, I am viewing a similar online site (from my local TV station) that has updates 3 or 4 min apart, sometimes 5 or 6 min. I have saved that site to my favorites tool bar, and my have to switch from WU to it.
5 min apart is too jumpy? That's pretty much the industry standard these days.
1, 2, 3 min apart radar images require a huge amount of data and isn't even something weather stations use during their live broadcasts. They have a live image feed, but animations are done in 5-10 min increments.
As a fellow Floridian I know that 5-10 minutes or 1 mile difference can mean the difference between getting soaking wet or having sunshine, but with 5 minute increments you can really tell where storms are, whether they're developing or not, and where they are tracking to.
I'd rather see WU focus on fixing all other outstanding issues, than focusing on more data.