Unique National Intracloud Detection Network Breaks New Ground on Severe Storm Prediction
AMS 89th Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ — WeatherBug®, a leading provider of consumer and professional weather services and operator of the world’s largest weather network, announced today the launch of the WeatherBug Total Lightning Network (WTLN), the first integrated intracloud (IC) and cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning detection network to be available on a nationwide basis.
WTLN is the first to use broadband frequency monitoring on a national scale to detect IC lightning. Monitoring the onset and development of IC lightning can improve warning times over traditional radar technology for many severe weather events, including dangerous tornadoes and downbursts, and provide 5-30 minute lead times for predicting dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning.
"WeatherBug is uniquely positioned to quickly integrate thousands of lightning sensors throughout our existing US nationwide weather network, and to build integrated surface weather and total lightning networks globally," said Robert S. Marshall, CEO and Founder of AWS Convergence Technologies, owner of the WeatherBug brand. "The WeatherBug Total Lightning Network breaks new ground as the first nationwide network to observe intracloud data. We are very excited to pioneer another breakthrough in observational technology and associated business models for our partners and customers"
The WeatherBug Network is the world’s largest surface observation network. Consisting of more than 8,000 weather sensors and cameras strategically located at schools, major sport venues and public safety facilities throughout the country, the WeatherBug Network streams live weather information over the Internet to millions of consumers and professional users that range from leading telecom carriers and energy trader/utility companies to federal and state government agencies, including the National Weather Service.
The state-of-the-art technology behind WTLN is a culmination of extensive development by WeatherBug engineers, researchers and lightning scientists. Deployment of lightning sensors throughout its vast network of weather stations enables WeatherBug to quickly expand WTLN.
"Just as the use of weather radar on aircraft and the ground more than 30 years ago was a quantum jump for the meteorological industry, the WeatherBug Total Lightning Network, with its unique intracloud capacity, represents a similar improvement for lighting detection capabilities and location accuracy," said Ralph Markson, Ph.D and president of Airborne Research Associates, an atmospheric electrical research company based in Weston, Mass. "Intracloud lightning detection enables visibility into the formation of the first intracloud lightning flashes inside the cloud while it is growing and enables observation of end phase sparking. As a result, users can detect when a storm is starting and when it is really over. The information is especially critical for the aviation industry, and also for advanced forecasting and alerting of severe weather phenomena like tornadoes and downbursts."
In addition to the high frequency sensitivity that provides visibility of cloud flashes, WTLN features:
- Adaptive digital filtering technology to reduce local noise;
- Unmatched network density and redundancy to provide higher reliability and enhanced lightning detection efficiency and location accuracy;
- Extensive data capture and delivery methods to provide an unprecedented amount of data including waveforms for each flash;
- A state-of-the-art high performance network system to enable scale and data flow efficiencies;
- Sophisticated sensor network administration tools, including auto-upgradeable firmware, remote system and sensor diagnostics, and automated monitoring, support and QC systems;
- Storage and access to complete data archives for historical situational analysis;
- Multiple data delivery options to meet customer needs; and
- 24x7x365 network monitoring and support.
WeatherBug is a trusted source of dynamic weather information enabling people worldwide to make more informed weather-related decisions. Millions of consumers and professional organizations, including the National Weather Service, rely on WeatherBug to make more informed personal and mission critical decisions which safeguard lives, impact communities and improve business operations. WeatherBug is a brand of AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc. (http://www.aws.com)