Earth Networks - WeatherBug to Provide ESPN with Live, Local Weather Online and On-Air
Germantown, Md. – September 14, 2011 – From college athletes practicing in the grueling summer heat to football players battling it out on the field during driving snow storms, changing weather often has a major impact on sports. That is why Earth NetworksSM, the owner of WeatherBug® products and services, is providing live weather data from sports venues around the country to ESPN. Now, when extreme or rapidly changing conditions have the potential to impact sports, athletes and fans, ESPN can tap into data from Earth Networks - WeatherBug for real-time conditions, forecasts, alerts, and breaking weather news during TV broadcasts, through its website, and via its streaming Internet radio.
Earth Networks - WeatherBug is providing ESPN with event-day weather conditions and live shots from weather and camera stations placed at or near top sports stadiums and facilities, including Chicago’s Wrigley Field; Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts; Keeneland Racetrack in Lexington, Kentucky; and Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland -- recently host to the U.S. Open -- and many other prominent sites. In addition, Earth Networks - WeatherBug meteorologists will be available around-the-clock to provide ESPN with breaking weather updates.
“Weather affects every aspect of the game including logistics and operations, field conditions, spectator safety and athlete performance,” said Bob Marshall, President and CEO, Earth Networks. “It is imperative to have the most live, local information for the stadium or venue to understand precise conditions at that specific location. As we witnessed in the recent college football opening games, severe weather with dangerous lightning activity can develop rapidly with little time for safety preparations. Our advanced monitoring and warning capabilities provide real-time information on approaching conditions within the area. We are delighted that ESPN has partnered with us to provide this information and alerting to their audiences where and when they need it.”
Earth Networks - WeatherBug combines neighborhood-level local data from its own network of 8,000 professional weather stations with information from other sources, such as the National Weather Service (NWS) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), to give users access to the largest source of weather data from around the world. To stay informed, safe and prepared, millions of users turn to WeatherBug’s website, desktop application and mobile apps for live weather information, accurate forecasts and severe weather alerts when they are on-the-go and heading outside.
About Earth NetworksSM
As the provider of advanced weather data for nearly 20 years, Earth Networks (formerly AWS) operates the world’s largest weather observation and lightning detection networks and is building what will become the largest greenhouse gas monitoring network. Observations from Earth Networks inform and alert consumers, enterprises and governments around the world, providing them with advanced environmental intelligence for decision making and safety. The company’s popular WeatherBug website, desktop application and mobile apps provide millions of consumers with real-time, local weather information and dangerous severe weather alerts. Enterprise solutions from Earth Networks enable organizations, including energy and utilities, agriculture, schools, sports and recreation, emergency operations and government entities, to safeguard lives, prepare for weather and climate events and improve business operations. Earth Networks (www.earthnetworks.com) is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with offices in Mountain View, Calif.; New York, NY; Milan, Italy and a local presence in 50 countries worldwide.
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