Google Streams Installation Instructions
1) Download and install Google Earth on your PC: http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html
2) Click on this link and select "Open With Google Earth" (or download it and then double click the file icon): http://www.ozarkpages.com/gstreams/gstreams.AR.02.kmz
3) It will open up Google Earth and put a folder named "GoogleStreams (BETA 0.2)" in your "Temporary Places" folder in Places (left menu). Drag this folder into "My Places" to make sure it stays with you when you start Google Earth next time.
4) Google Earth should zoom in to show you the streams in Arkansas (purple lines and names). (Pretty cool, huh?) You can pan and zoom and tilt to look at the creeks. Watershed outlines for some creeks are outlined in yellow. As you zoom in you get more detail, including access points and rapids (for some streams). Also, if you click on the purple stream names, some (but not all) will pull up a link that you can click to get information for that creek on the OWP.
That's it. Now to see what this puppy is really good for, you'll need to mashup the Nat. Weather Svc. radar data too. Here are some instructions for doing that:
1) Go to: http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/kmzgenerator.php
2) Select what you want. For example, Single Radar for Tulsa,Oklahoma, Base Reflectivity or Storm Total Precip. Or down a the bottom, Animation Radar KMZ generation, pick Tulsa or Little Rock. Then press the Submit button to the right side of your selection.
3) When the download window comes up, choose to open the file using Google Earth (not save it to disk!) I've tried it in IE7 and Firefox. NOTE: you MUST have Google Earth installed before you do this!
4) Google Earth may put the new folder in your "Temporary Places" folder under "My Places" on the left side of the Google Earth screen. Move it out of there and into My Places to keep it around for next time you run Google Earth. I made a folder under My Places called "NWS Radars" and put all of the ones I downloaded into that folder to keep things organized. You can turn the different radars on and off by clicking the checkboxes on the folders and images. NOTE: they will only stay updated if you are connected to the Internet!
5) For the animations, a slider bar appears at the top of the Google Earth window. It has a "Play" button on the right. That's the way you play the animation - it won't start automatically. The images may take a while to load too.
OK, that should get everyone started with this. The accuracy of the storm total rainfall estimates has so far been amazing. I have about 10 times so far when predictions made using this tool matched very well what was actually observed in terms of creek levels in the field. I would recommend using both the Tulsa and Little Rock radar for areas in southeastern Newton Co. (i.e. Richland), the Ark. R. valley, and the Cossatot to make sure they are in agreement. Sometimes mountains and such can get in the way of the radar beam from one location or another.
Credit for the data entry (so far) for this project goes to these ACC members: Ryan Center, Kevin Fendley, Cathy Kossover, Scott Roach, and Don West
Technical assistance provided by: Fish
This data is copyright Arkansas Canoe Club and is free for use by any and all paddlers.