WeatherBug and FOX 17 Team Up to Provide Real-Time Neighborhood-Level Weather Across West Michigan On-Air and Online
Germantown, MD and Grand Rapids, MI – September 12, 2012 - Earth NetworksSM, the owner of WeatherBug® and operator of the largest weather observing and lightning network, is teaming up with FOX affiliate WXMI in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to provide viewers with real-time, neighborhood-level weather information. When viewers tune-in to watch Chief Meteorologist Rick Mecklenburg, Jon Shaner and Kevin Craig of the FOX 17 weather team, they will see live data from stations from the vast Earth Networks - WeatherBug network of weather stations across the country and locally in places such as Greenland, Jamestown and Wayland.
Rather than simply providing weather data from stations at distant locations such as airports, WeatherBug’s professional-grade stations are located where people live, work and play and report weather conditions every two seconds. Earth Networks - WeatherBug weather sensors are located across the country at 10,000 K-12 schools, universities, county and state buildings, and popular sites such as parks and sports stadiums. The sensors provide live weather data 24/7.
“I am so excited that FOX 17 is bringing the WeatherBug program to Our West Michigan,” says WXMI FOX 17 Chief Meteorologist Rick Mecklenburg. “The WeatherBug Network shows live, real-time weather data at thousands of sites around the country and will be a valuable tool in times of severe weather. We are also excited to partner with some schools in West Michigan and help teach the students about the weather with WeatherBug’s excellent curriculum for students of all ages. FOX 17 has always been known for accurate, dependable forecasts, and this will enhance our weather reputation even more.”
With the partnership, WXMI FOX 17 is the newest member of the WeatherBug Broadcast Program, a growing group of broadcast stations throughout the U.S. that exclusively use data from the WeatherBug network within their respective markets. 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.
WXMI FOX 17 WeatherBug Schools Program: Schools in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area can join the new WXMI FOX 17 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 WXMI 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
About Earth NetworksSM
As a provider of comprehensive atmospheric data for nearly 20 years, Earth Networks is Taking the Pulse of the Planet with the world’s largest weather observation, lightning detection, and greenhouse gas monitoring networks and is establishing a network for collecting data within the planetary boundary layer. The company’s popular WeatherBug website, desktop application and mobile apps for major smartphone platforms provide real-time neighborhood-level weather and advanced severe weather alerts to millions of consumers. Enterprise solutions from Earth Networks enable organizations and markets, including energy and utilities, agriculture, schools, sports and recreation, broadcasters, emergency operations and government entities, to safeguard lives, prepare for weather and climate events and improve business operations. Founded in 1993, Earth Networks (www.earthnetworks.com) is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with additional locations in Mountain View, Calif.; New York, NY; Milan, Italy and a local presence in 50 countries worldwide.