Earth Networks is proud to collaborate with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) to build a Weather-Ready Nation.
We support the Weather-Ready Nation initiative by developing innovative science and technologies that collect and communicate important weather information, providing vital weather updates and alerts, and working with schools nationwide:
- Improved Forecasts and Severe Warnings: Since 2002, we have been providing NWS forecasters with real-time weather observations. We issue all NWS warnings through our WeatherBug apps and products, and also through our additional tools used by government agencies and businesses.
- Advanced Lightning Detection: The Earth Networks Total Lightning NetworkTM (ENTLN) is the world’s largest lightning network that measures both cloud-to-ground and in-cloud lightning. The network powers Earth Networks’ Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts, which are issued when lightning activity reaches a threshold indicative of increased potential for severe weather.
- Emergency and Disaster Response: More than 100 federal, state and local government agencies use our information and tools to aid emergency response and keep people safer. Organizations use StreamerRT, a web-based weather visualization tool, to monitor real-time radar, lightning, and hyper-local conditions and camera views during weather events.
- School Safety and Education: WeatherBug weather stations bring live, local weather data into the classroom. WeatherBug Schools receive critical weather alerts that provide advanced warning of severe storms, dangerous heat and other threats. Schools equipped with lightning detection systems can receive lightning alerts directly to mobile phones, computers and visual/audible alarms.
- National Mesonet: Since 2001, Earth Networks has worked collaboratively with NOAA and other public, private and academic partners to establish the National Mesonet, which aims to collect and disseminate comprehensive, standardized data from high-density observing networks. National Mesonet data will improve short- and medium-term local weather forecasts, plume-dispersion modeling, climate monitoring and air-quality analyses, benefiting sectors including energy, public health and safety, transportation, water resources and agriculture.
Earth Networks looks forward to building a Weather-Ready Nation prepared to respond to tornado outbreaks, intense heat waves, extreme flooding and drought, and other environmental challenges.