WeatherBug Teams with WACH-TV in Columbia, South Carolina to Provide Live, Neighborhood-Level Weather On-Air and Online

Germantown, MD and Columbia, SC – June 20, 2012 - Earth Networks, the owner of WeatherBug® apps and operator of the largest weather observing and lightning network, welcomes Columbia, South Carolina FOX affiliate WACH-TV into its nationwide network of broadcast partners. With the partnership, WACH Chief Meteorologist Henry Rothenberg and the SkyWACH Weather team are giving viewers real-time, neighborhood-level weather information from Earth Networks - WeatherBug stations throughout the metro Columbia area during broadcasts and on the WACH-TV website at http://www.midlandsconnect.com/weather.

WACH-TV is the exclusive provider in the Columbia area of live, local weather information and images from high-definition cameras nationwide. Earth Networks - WeatherBug weather stations are located across the country at over 8,000 K-12 schools, universities, county and state buildings, and popular sites such as parks and sports stadiums, and provide live weather data 24/7.

“We’re excited because WeatherBug is a great tool for us to bring the best, most accurate weather to the community,” says Rothenberg. “WeatherBug not only allows us to show our viewers what is happening with the weather right in their own communities, but we’ll also share weather conditions across the state, the country and the world – which is especially important for a big military community like we have in Columbia with lots of folks with loved ones stationed all over the globe. And with summer approaching, we’ll be showing the beach forecast for those who need to plan their trip to the shore.”

Additionally, viewers can also access weather information, forecasts and severe weather alerts using WeatherBug mobile apps for smartphones and tablets, and by using the WeatherBug application for desktop computers.

WACH-TV WeatherBug Schools Program: Schools in the Columbia area can join the new WACH-TV WeatherBug Schools Program and be part of a network of thousands of schools nationwide. Schools that join through the purchase of a weather station and camera can have their weather information and images used on-air during WACH news broadcasts. Schools in the program also use WeatherBug Achieve web-based software, which supports K-12 science, technology and math (STEM) curriculum with hands-on classroom lessons. Weather data from the school’s own station, combined with severe weather alerting, provide school faculty and staff with the critical information necessary to make important transportation and safety-related decisions.

Schools interested in joining the WeatherBug Schools Program can learn more by visiting www.weatherbugschools.com or emailing weatherbugschools@earthnetworks.com.

The WeatherBug Broadcast Program connects television stations with local schools and the community to provide students and the public with hands-on access to real-time weather information. Contact tv@earthnetworks.com to learn more.


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