Fighting Texas Wildfires: Real-time Weather Tracking Tool from Earth Networks - WeatherBug Providing Officials and First Responders with Vital Local Weather Intelligence

Germantown, MD – September 16, 2011  Earth Networks, the owner of WeatherBug® and operator of the largest weather, lightning and climate observation networks, is providing its StreamerRT weather visualization tool to local and state officials at government agencies, emergency management authorities, law enforcement officials and first responders throughout Texas to aid in disaster response for the recent wildfires affecting tens of thousands of acres following a record drought this summer.

For the duration of the crisis, Earth Networks is providing approximately 100 organizations -- ranging from local volunteer fire departments to county and state agencies -- with access to StreamerRT, a web-based weather visualization and tracking application. StreamerRT uses information from more than 1,000 proprietary Earth Networks weather stations throughout Texas, and more than 8,000 stations nationwide, to report on current weather conditions.  The tool enables personnel to access and monitor weather data, images and maps at highly localized, neighborhood levels for affected areas. StreamerRT provides continuous real-time updates on key weather factors, such as wind speed, direction and humidity, which are contributing to the dangerous situation and the spread of the wildfires.

StreamerRT enables the visualization of Earth Networks’ weather station network, the largest in the U.S., for use during a variety of situations and weather emergencies. Most recently, officials on the East Coast used the application to track Hurricane Irene and the extreme wind and rain conditions resulting from the storm in the Caribbean and across the Eastern seaboard. Earlier this year, state and local officials throughout Arizona utilized StreamerRT to better understand and respond to the wildfires affecting the region. Last year, during the oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana parish officials relied on StreamerRT to help ensure the safety of hundreds of survey and clean-up crews on the water, because the tool helped alert personnel to approaching thunderstorms.

StreamerRT is being made available at no cost to state and county officials, first responders and agencies in the affected regions throughout Texas. Officials requiring access to StreamerRT for critical decision support during the crisis should contact Randy Smith, rsmith@earthnetworks.com, for additional information and instructions. 

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