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Thank you for downloading Weather Defender. This tutorial will provide you step-by-step instructions for getting up and running with Weather Defender so you can start

If you need help installing the software, please see the Installation topic.

Step 1
Double-click the blue-and-white shield on your Desktop to launch Weather Defender. The first time you run the program, you will be see the following screen:


Click the Sign Up button to begin your free trial registration.

NOTE: If you are upgrading from SWIFT WX Professional, you should Sign Up as a new user. You will have the opportunity to enter your upgrade key during registration.

Step 2
In the window that appears, enter the requested information on each screen to create your Weather Defender account.


Step 3
When you have reached the last screen and finished creating your account, close the window.

Step 4
Enter your newly created Username and Password in the box that appears:


Click the Remember Me checkbox if you want the application to remember your username and password.

Step 5
Wait a few moments for the main program to load. After loading, you should see a map of the United States.


The house icon (if present) is your home address as entered during the sign up process.

Step 6

If you have made it this far, you have completed the basic setup and are ready to begin forecasting and tracking severe weather.

Familiarize yourself with the main interface of Weather Defender:

Main Interface Components

Main Interface Components

  • Along the upper portion of the window you will find all the tools and functions available for interacting with your map.

  • The semi-transparent window on the left lets you interact with each of the map's layers.

  • The semi-transparent window in the upper-right is your Map Legend.

For a detailed explanation of every window and function, see the Main Interface topic.

Step 7
Hold the mouse cursor over the map. Press and hold the left mouse button and move the mouse in any direction to scroll the map accordingly.



Release the left mouse button to let the map repaint.

Step 8
Scroll the mouse wheel forward to zoom in on the map. Scroll backward to zoom out.



If you do not have a mousewheel, or for more details, see the Basic Navigation topic.

Step 9
Click the U.S. Radar button in the Map Layers Dialog to turn off Radar imagery on your map.


Then click it again to display Radar again. Use the Map Layers Dialog to interact with the individual layer

Step 10
Click the Add Layer button from the on the toolbar to view the layer menu:


Select the Surface Fronts option.

Step 11
You will see a new button appear in your Map Layers window, entitled Surface Fronts.


The green bar means the layer is downloading an update. Wait a moment for the Surface Fronts layer to download. When finished, your map should look something like this:


Step 12
Repeat Step 10 (Add Layer), but this time select the Temperature option from the menu.

Your map should look like this:


Step 13
Obviously, this is not a desirable configuration because the Temperature layer is obscuring the data beneath it.

To reposition the Temperature layer, left-click the Temperature button in the Map Layers window and drag it down below (behind) the U.S. Radar layer. Then release the left mouse button.


NOTE: The white triangles indicate valid drop points when dragging a layer button. Make sure you see the white triangles before releasing the left mouse button.

After repositioning the Temperature layer, it will display behind the Radar, Surface Fronts, and State outlines:



You have completed the Getting Started tutorial. You now have a basic understanding of:
  • Logging in to Weather Defender
  • Navigating the map (panning & zooming)
  • Adding Layers

We recommend continuing with the next tutorial:

Weather Defender® - Desktop Weather Software for your PC. Weather Satellite, Weather Radar, and Street-Level Weather Tracking.

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