WeatherBug Becomes First Weather App to Launch on Google Chrome's New Packaged App Platform

Germantown, MD – May 1, 2013 – Laptop and PC users can be among the first to experience WeatherBug® – the first weather app debuting on the new Google Chrome packaged app platform. Available initially on the Developer Channel (v.28 of the Chrome browser), WeatherBug for Chrome packs real-time neighborhood-level weather information, detailed forecasts and the fastest alerts possible into a fresh modern design featuring an animated virtual “weather window” that mirrors the conditions outside.

A top-rated app trusted by millions to Know Before™ across multiple platforms, WeatherBug makes it pleasant and easy to quickly and accurately get the weather information you need to plan your day, prepare for the week ahead and stay safe from severe conditions.

WeatherBug for the Chrome Packaged App Platform incorporates the following highlights:

  • Browser-less Entry for Faster Access: WeatherBug now gives you flexibility and easier access to the most accurate forecasts and the fastest severe weather alerts without opening your web browser. Use the desktop icon for fast one-click access to the app.    
  • Neighborhood-level Forecasts with Real-time Accuracy: Every other weather app uses data up to an hour old. WeatherBug refreshes data every 2 seconds to deliver current information from 10,000 neighborhood-level, professional-grade sensors -- the densest weather network in the world. Get detailed real-time weather data -- in addition to the most accurate hourly and extended forecast information -- for your favorite locations with just one click.
  • The Most Advanced, Fastest Weather Warnings: When minutes matter, WeatherBug not only delivers alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS), but also advanced Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs) exclusive to WeatherBug apps. On average, DTAs provide 50% faster warning times for hail, heavy rain, high winds and tornadoes. Visit http://knowbefore.weatherbug.com/ to learn how our real-time data from the largest weather network is helping WeatherBug users stay more informed and alerted to severe weather faster.
  • Exclusive Live Cameras: Know the weather outside without leaving your home with WeatherBug. The virtual weather window on WeatherBug can also showcase the WeatherBug camera closest to your favorite location. The app makes it easy to add locations to feature other live shots from over 2,500 cameras around the country at locations such as beaches and stadiums.

WeatherBug for the new Google Chrome packaged app platform is powered by the largest weather monitoring, lightning detection and climate observation networks from Earth Networks - WeatherBug. This global network provides extensive weather details and forecasts for over 35,000 locations, including 10,000 neighborhood-level, professional-grade sensors available only to WeatherBug users.

WeatherBug on Google Chrome’s New Packaged App Platform is available for users on the Chrome Developer Channel. Visit http://www.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel to install v.28 of Chrome. Those with v.28 can download WeatherBug at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/weatherbug/njkkjobcechefaoknodniidfjapgfoco

For all others using Chrome, the browser-based version of WeatherBug can be downloaded at no charge in the Chrome Web Store.

About Earth Networks - WeatherBug

For 20 years, we have been Taking the Pulse of the Planet™ by gathering and analyzing atmospheric observations using the world’s largest weather monitoring and lightning detection networks so our customers can KnowBefore™. Real-time weather and lightning data – gathered every few seconds from thousands of sensors across the planet – keep consumers, businesses, and governments around the globe informed with neighborhood-level weather intelligence, updated with the most current forecasts, and alerted to approaching severe weather with the fastest alerts. The company’s popular WeatherBug® mobile, desktop and online apps, and website provide local weather, superior forecasts and advanced severe weather alerts to millions of consumers. Earth Networks’ enterprise solutions support utilities, schools, professional sports teams, emergency response crews, government entities and others in safeguarding lives, preparing for weather events, and optimizing business operations. Learn more at www.earthnetworks.com. Get your weather at www.weatherbug.com. Follow Us on Twitter @WeatherBug and Like Us at www.facebook.com/WeatherBug.

 


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