Radar - Radar images from various locations


Returns image or animation for a specified radarsite. The image/animation can originate from one specific radar or a composite of two or more radars. Either latest available image or image at a requested time. Only one animation pr. radarsite (most recent) is available. Note that a specific radarsite may sometimes become unavailable. This is usually due to technical problems at the radarsite, caused by lightning/difficult weather conditions.


A list of available data may be retrieved using the 'available' action. The radarsite, type, size and content parameters can be specified to reduce the size of the list, which is highly recommended as the full list can be very slow to download.


The nordic radar composite is restricted, and is not freely available. Please refer to our general documentation regarding this topic.


Please note that there are many combinations of parameter values for which we have no data, so refer to for an updated list of available data.

radarsite (mandatory)

Area covered by the image/animation (composite) or name of the radar location (single radar).

Values: andoya, avinoreast, avinorwest, berlevaag, bomlo, central_norway, east_norway, finnmark, hagebostad, hasvik, hurum, mobileradar, nordic, nordland, nordland_troms, norway, rissa, rost, somna, south_norway, southeast_norway, southwest_norway, stad, trlagnordland, troms_finnmark, western_norway

avinoreast and avinorwest are only available for the type reflectivity_tma, bomlo (previously spelled boemlo) is available for the type rainrate_with_phase_tma and reflectivity_hires.

The single place images (andoya, berlevaag, bomlo, hasvik, hagebostad, hurum, rissa, rost, stad and somna) are available as reflectivity_hires and size normal.

mobileradar is only available for type xband.

size (mandatory)

Size of image. Note that size normal means that the size of the image maps correctly to grid of the data source (one pixel for one data point).

Sizes small, medium, large and normal are available for only some radar types, see .

Values: small, medium, large, normal

type (mandatory)

Type of radar information. Note that 'tma' is short for (Terminal control area).

Values: accumulated_12h, accumulated_1h, accumulated_24h, accumulated_3h, accumulated_6h, lightning, rainrate_with_phase, rainrate_with_phase_tma, reflectivity, reflectivity_hires, reflectivity_tma, xband


Type of data to be returned: Animation of the 8 most recent images (time parameter not supported for this type), or one specific image.

Animation is only available for the types reflectivity and lightning.

Values: image, animation

time (optional)

The time the radarimage was captured in ISO 8601 format. If omitted, the latest available image will be returned. This parameter can not be specified if value of parameter 'type' is set to 'animation'.

Value format: yyyy-mm-ddThh:mm:ssZ.

Example requests:


Check operational status of all radars, returns JSON with the following fields:

Note: This feature is experimental, new fields may be added without further notice.


Radar code


Proper name of radar site


Uptime in percent during last 2 hours


Time of last communication


Array of API radar products which are using this radar


Optional code designating type of error:


Power Supply


Planned maintenance


Communications error


Technical error


Optional date when radar is expected back in operation

Example requests:


2017-01-25: update of v1.5

new xband radar "mobileradar"

2016-10-31: update of v1.5

new composite east_norway available (including images from new radar hafjell)

2016-10-03: update of v1.5

radar helsfyr/x-band is not available any more

2015-10-28: new version 1.5

version 1.5: new size medium which are fixed to 460px.
For types lightning and reflectivity the images that were delivered as size normal are moved to size medium and new images are available as size normal (unscaled).
Version 1.4 will expire on 2016-02-15

2015-09-09: update of v1.4

version 1.4: new radar type lightning available for norway, new site helsfyr available for type xband

2015-03-17: update of v1.4

version 1.4: new radar sites 'nordland' and 'trlagnordland' added (radar location: Somna).

2013-11-12: new version 1.4

version 1.4: parameter width has been replaced with size. Width and size of an image or animation may vary in width and height, even within the same size value.
version 1.4: Several new radar types. See documentation above.
version 1.3: expires at 2014-03-25.

2012-03-26: new version 1.3

version 1.3: parameter type has been changed. It will now signify type of radar information.
version 1.3: parameter content now has same function as parameter type in version 1.2.
version 1.2: expires at 2012-05-15.

2010-08-31: new composite image of norway.

New parameter to radarsite: norway.

2009-10-27: version 1.2

New parameteres to radarsite: central_norway and western_norway
Rissa is no longer a valid radarsite
Version 1.1 is available until 2010-02-16

2008-09-23: version 1.1

New radarsite: troms_finnmark.

version 1.1 : 2007-09-06

Røst is no longer valid as radarsite. New radarsite is nordland_troms