It’s been a few years since I’ve been able to update the Vista Sidebar Gadget that I wrote which displays the radar images from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. It’s worth noting that while the sidebar doesn’t exist in Windows 7, you can still add gadgets to your desktop.

I’m now hosting the source code on Google Code, and I’ve released a minor update to reflect some changes to radar locations:


  • Sydney (Terry Hills)
  • Norfolk Island
  • Emerald (QLD)
  • Bairnsdale (VIC)
  • Perth (Serpantine)


  • East Sale

I’ve had a few reports of a memory leak when people run the gadget for extended periods of time. I think this may be an unfortunate side-effect of the way the gadget uses HTML. Maybe re-writing the gadget using WPF or Silverlight might help with that.

The gadget can be downloaded from the Windows Live Gallery from here (currently 1.1 but hopefully 1.2 will be approved shortly), or go to the Downloads page of the Google Code site.