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Old 07-06-2012, 02:58 PM   #1
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Not sure about XM Weather Sat

I've had the chance, a little too often recently, to use the XM weather radar overlay. It's not even close. The display is so delayed, or so inaccurate, or both, it's not usefull for making any decisions. In one case no rain on the display, f-ing funnel cloud ~ 12 miles dead ahead. Storm shows up 20 minuts later on the display, looking like it's going in the opposite direction. Now that my Radar is 100% up and runing, I trust it way more than the XM product. I also don't see an option to turn it off on the display (Garmin 5212) and I'm sure it's slowing down the unit. I like the XM radio feed, but I think I'm going to drop the weather.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:08 PM   #2
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XM on the HDS Lowrance...........it's an "aid" to radar in my opinion,which we have(broadband type)....Yes a big delay .....better than nothing.....I set mine to 30 mls warning after a to close one(12 mls)...never let anything get under 20 before you react........d l
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:16 PM   #3
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we had an "occurrence" a few years back where a well defined storm line was visible on the XM due sou. of us as well as a visual.

the storm boxed us in and never marked on the XM until prob 1mins after we were in heavy seas.

point being................there must be a pretty good delay 15 mins. for sure.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:01 PM   #4
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hds 10 with sat. weather

I just about talked myself into the sat. weather instead of radar. sounds like not so good. I'm running the hds10. what's y'alls opinion?
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:03 PM   #5
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I have beem told XM was the way to go..... But I have always done fine with my radar. No need to add another "gadget" to the clutter if your comfortable with what you have. I trust my radar like no other and time and time again its kept me out of the nasty stuff.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:14 PM   #6
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The way to go is to have both. A radar cant tell you how deep a storm is or if there are multiple storms lined up. I us radar for the first line of info and XM for a bigger picture. I won’t go out without both.
I also find the lightning strike info and the storm cell direction info helpful.

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Old 07-06-2012, 07:25 PM   #7
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hds10

Are y'all using Lowrances hds10 radar and would that be enough? not wanting both as one would be enough to learn but????????
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:44 PM   #8
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If I had to choose...RADAR. XM in my opinion is helpful with the lightning data and telling if something huge is coming from way away. Radar is so helpful in low visibility situations I will not go offshore without it. Turned around last year 30 miles out when radar went down. TW
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:46 AM   #9
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This issue with XM/Sirius comes up every summer, especially with all the thunderstorm data the company transmits - which slows down the traffic. First, thunderstorms create an electronic storm when it discharges so much static electricity. Result: possible loss of updates (5 minute refresh).

Second, there have been some solar storms lately, and those do affect the satellites that XM/Sirius use because they're in outer space, not protected by the ionosphere. NOAA actually issues "solar weather" alerts on their website:
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/

Lastly, like any company, there are outages. They have to gather weather, radar, and lightning data from ground sources and beam it up to the satellites in packets, which is hosed back down to Earth so you can use it if you have the right login/activation account. When the humongous "derecho" thunderstorm hit the Washington area last week, it knocked out the internet hub in Reston, Virginia.

Otherwise the stuff works OK. Nothing substitutes for using your eyes to see a storm coming, and yes radar helps during times of low visibility.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:13 AM   #10
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XM or any other weather service is not a replacement for radar. Radar is a true navigation aid with a lot more uses than looking at weather. I have both and XM does provide some useful info and a bigger picture but it's not the actual tool for dodging those summer thunderstorms that pop up and disappear within a 20-30 minute time span. Consider XM to be addional info and not a navigation aid.
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