WeatherBug and Club Managers Association of America Team Up to Promote Advanced Weather and Lightning Systems for Safety and Operations
Germantown, MD – October 11, 2012 – Earth NetworksSM, the owner of WeatherBug® and operator of the largest weather observing and lightning detection networks, is teaming up with the Club Managers Association of America, the professional association for managers of country, golf, city, athletic, faculty, yacht, town and military clubs. WeatherBug is both the newest member of CMAA’s Corporate Advantage program and the only partner in the program focused on providing innovative weather and lightning technology solutions to the club industry. With the partnership, WeatherBug commits to supporting professional educational opportunities related to severe weather safety and education for CMAA members.
Earth Networks - WeatherBug has been bringing real-time critical weather intelligence and advanced severe weather warnings to the club and resort industry for more than five years. Many top-echelon clubs, resorts and prestigious golf courses rely on WeatherBug Club Safety solutions to help keep members and employees safe. These solutions, which include professional-grade onsite weather stations, total lightning sensors, indoor and outdoor alerting devices, the StreamerRT weather visualization tool and mobile apps, also facilitate special event operations and the management of turf conditions by monitoring precipitation, wind speed, humidity and other key factors.
“The Club Managers Association of America has provided valuable input to development of our club safety solution, and we are excited to be establishing a formal partnership by joining the CMAA Corporate Advantage Program,” says WeatherBug Director of Enterprise Solutions, Frank McCathran. “Safety is core to our business, and we look forward to working with CMAA’s member base to further professional development initiatives among club managers, owners, golf professionals, and superintendents nationwide.”
CMAA Chief Executive Officer Jim Singerling, CCM, says, “Weather plays an extremely important role in the lives of our professional members – from planning a major event, to determining when to irrigate the course, to keeping players, members and staff off the grounds when severe weather threatens. WeatherBug’s commitment to advancing the knowledge of our members is commendable, and we are pleased to welcome WeatherBug into our Corporate Advantage Program.”
Precise, on-site and real-time weather monitoring and the most advanced lightning and severe weather detection and notification services are hallmarks of WeatherBug Club Safety. In contrast with single-node systems that only detect cloud-to-ground strikes or claim to “predict” lightning, the WeatherBug Club Safety solution also detects in-cloud lightning, which often serves as a precursor to extreme weather conditions, including heavy rain and hail, high winds, tornadoes and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.
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 country clubs, golf courses, 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. Founded in 1993, Earth Networks (www.earthnetworks.com) is headquartered in the Washington, DC area with additional locations in Mountain View, CA; New York, NY; Milan, Italy, and a local presence in 50 countries worldwide.
The Club Managers Association of America is the professional Association for managers of membership clubs. CMAA has close to 7,000 members across all classifications. Manager members run more than 3,000 country, golf, city, athletic, faculty, yacht, town and military clubs. The objectives of the Association are to promote and advance friendly relations among persons connected with the management of clubs and other associations of similar character; to encourage the education and advancement of members; and to assist club officers and members, through their managers, to secure the utmost in efficient and successful operations. The Corporate Advantage Program is a collaborative effort among CMAA, The Club Foundation and 15 corporate entities that have demonstrated a leadership role within the club industry. The program creates a bridge between club management professionals and the companies most dedicated to serving them. The monetary contributions by Corporate Advantage Program partners support the professional development programs offered and funded by CMAA and The Club Foundation.