encourage people to just dive in, you won't break it. The
basics you'll figure out quickly but I don't want you
to miss a thing. So without any further delay, below is my best effort at making some understandable
instructions on how to take control and help you harness the
Click any area of the photo above
to learn more about it.
Part 1: Title Bar
Left click and hold with your mouse
to move the program around.
Above is the title bar. You can click your
mouse anywhere on it to move the program around.
circle on the left is good, it means you currently have internet
That "WARNING!!" means your state has a weather
alert. Click on it to see more!
If your top title bar looks like this,
and has a red circle on the left & shows "Disconnected!!" on the
right. That's not good. You currently have no internet access. Check
your connection, and double check this software is not being
blocked by a firewall. It will not work without internet. In
case of a weather emergency where internet access is lost, the
last informational update with active internet will stay shown
for you. The program will try to reconnect to the internet
on it's own, but you can also click on "Disconnected!!" to reconnect. Internet is required for it to run normally..
Part 2: Top Menus
These are the important buttons,
located at the top of the program.
This is the top bar access menu. Click on
the button of your choice.
= This is a dual purpose button. The 1st click takes your
local mobile radar which is updated about every 5mins. The 2nd
time it takes you to the less updated state radars.
Is also a two purpose button. 1st click goes to the continental
USA radars. 2nd click shows you the current USA Watches &
This button takes you to Noaa Radio. Select your area from
the menu in the popup player and listen to your conditions.
When clicked opens on the right side of the program a news feed
viewer. Below the news feed viewer you can select from the
built in news services available. Click news again to
Shows a calendar in the bottom right side of the program. Click
again to switch beween the Calendar, Moon Phase, and Earths
This will update ALL the information currently being show in the
Click once and the program will stay on top of everything else
on your screen. Click again to view normally.
This is the help file you're currently reading.
Change your current location, or set a different location.
] = Minimizes the program
to your Windows(tm) taskbars notification icons area. Opposite
side of Start Button.
Exits and closes the program.
Part 3: Bottom Menus :
These menus load the selected information into
the main radar view.
Abreviations- (N/orth, S/outh, E/ast, W/est).
= (Min=Minutes, HR=Hours), Select how often you want to update
the main radar window above it. In this case every 30
= Select all 50 states radars. CA.(n/s) and TX.(e/w) have 2
radars each. FL does too with "FL-s/outh" for monitoring the
Keys and Gulf.
= Regions of the United States. NE/SW/Etc, - (N/orth-E/ast) &
= Images from the GOES satalites. Some of the longest radar
= NWS, The National Weather Service uses very high quality
= The United States hurricane zone radars.
= Global Radars of all the continents.
= Is informational data for the United States ranging from Snow
Totals to Wind, Flu Outbreaks, and Droughts.
= is the drop down selector for the various internet news
feeds. When shown replaces 5-Day
4: Main Radar :
The main radar image area offers
The moveable green
"Zoom" bar is located just below.
Click on (x2, x5, or reset) to zoom in or out of the
Depending on which
source your viewing. If you right click with
your mouse anywhere on the radar image you
can start and stop the moving animation.
what you are viewing. If you left click with
your mouse anywhere on the radar area image,
a popup menu will open with access to
additional maps offering other information on
that area. The check mark shows which view
is currently selected.
What is currently shown in the image on the
right. The darker the color means the
heavier the percipition.
Gives you color info for the types of
green=rain, blue=snow, , pink=ice.
Shows water vapors
Part 5 : 5-Day
Easy access to local
conditions and long range weather forcasts.
Part 6 : Small
Extra radar view +
Calendar, Moon, Sun
Clicking the [State/City] shown just below, you can
change locations ))
By left clicking on [5 Day]
Turns on & off the five day forcast.
Left click on todays forcast
Will also turn on & off the 5-Day.
If you left click with ===>
your mouse on the white
listing of the 5-Day.
(example: Allentown, PA.)
A popup box listing
will offer you
extended long range forcasts via
several different available souces.
When 5-Day or
todays forcast is
clicked/toggled you will
view the Alert
<=== Search Engine
Left click on the image to
switch between local &
regional. Select the
location by clicking on the
area top right of
Left click to switch
between calendar, moon
phase, & sun data.
Part 7 : Alert Center
powerful weather alert warning system!
below is about these few buttons.
Gray is OFF.
[ON] means it's
on. [OFF] means Alerts are off.
will enable a loud sound on new alerts.
will enable new alerts be sent somewhere.
[3hr] How often new alerts are checked, every...
1hour, 3hour, 6hours, 2x Day, or 1x a day.
<==== Click the
empty box to recheck alerts.
<==== 3hr = Checks alerts every 3 hours.
an individual event or check ALL!
PA = The state to be watched.
Send the alert to an email or cell phone.
Click "Send the alert to your cell phone"
to get more information on setup.
"Send web link" will send you a web link
to get more information on the alerts.
you have a weather warning message, "WARNING!!"
will be shown at the top right of the program.
or CHANGED alerts will turn the lighning bolt icon in
your task bar over to a warning symbol, as featured
The most recent alert will always be the one
shown in the programs main radar window. Click :
Part 8 : RSS News Feeds
Offering one click quick access to some of the most
popular news sources on the internet.
At any time you can
select - "Latest News" Located at the bottom
right corner of the Rocket Weather Program.
Image #1 Select
any news you wish to view with a left click.
The News is shown in the same location that the
5-Day Forcast is usually shown.
also select (News) on the top
menu which will instantly show you the
last news you viewed with the latest updates.
To EXIT the news, you can either select
"Exit News" at
the bottom right corner of the program
Image #3 or you
can click (News) on the top menu
which will always turn on / off the news.
Part 9 : Setup Location
This is how you setup or change your current home local location...
There are two ways to change your home local
location. On the top
you can left click on
[Setup] or the same function is located by
your current [State / City] - example to the right is
[PA / Allentown] ===>
located next to the (5 Day) and
Once either is
clicked (Today's Forcast) will disappear showing
fields to be completed. Just pick a state,
and then type in a city from that state.
Click the ( i ) next to pick, to show a list of cities for more
Here is an Example that has been filled in.
If you wish to continue without
changing the location then click on [:EDIT
LOCATION:] otherwise click on
[>Save Location] to complete the update
and have the program update to
location throughout. If the fields have
not been completed,
the [>Save Location]
option will not be accesible.