Earth Networks is proud to collaborate with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its National Weather Service (NWS) in building a Weather-Ready Nation.
Our live network of more than 10,000 weather stations across the U.S. and our Total Lightning Network power accurate forecasts and timely severe weather alerts, which help protect lives and livelihoods.
Earth Networks supports the Weather-Ready Nation by developing innovative science and technologies that collect and communicate important weather and climate information, providing vital weather updates and alerting services to federal, state and local governments and enterprises, and working with schools nationwide:
- Improved Forecasts and Severe Warnings: Since 2002, we have been providing NWS forecasters with up-to-the-minute data from the largest neighborhood-level weather network in the world, leading to improved weather forecasts, severe weather warnings, emergency response operations and homeland security. In turn, Earth Networks instantly communicates life-saving NWS warnings to a wide range of users through our popular WeatherBug website, WeatherBug desktop application, WeatherBug apps, and additional desktop and mobile alerts delivered to the public, government agencies and businesses.
- Advanced Lightning Detection: The Earth Networks Total Lightning NetworkTM (ENTLN) is the world’s largest lightning network and the only one that comprehensively measures both cloud-to-ground and in-cloud lightning on a global scale. Lightning is one of the top storm-related killers in the U.S., and in-cloud lightning is often a precursor of dangerous weather, such as cloud-to-ground lightning, severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, and tornadoes. The ENTLN provides crucial data to first responders and emergency managers, aviation, utilities, schools, and sports and recreation facilities, and also powers Earth Networks’ Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts, issued when lightning activity reaches a threshold indicative of increased potential for severe weather.
- Cooperation in Climate Observation: Earth Networks, in cooperation with Scripps Institution of Oceanography and several other organizations, including NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, is building the largest global greenhouse gas (GHG) observation network, which will measure GHG emissions and make it possible to trace them back to their source. Earth Networks obtains calibration gases from NOAA to ensure consistently accurate measurements, and will share data from the network for use in research and applications to advance climate science and understanding of the impact of greenhouse gases on the Earth’s system.
- Emergency and Disaster Response: More than 100 federal, state and local government agencies utilize Earth Networks information and tools to aid emergency response and keep people safe. For example, emergency managers and public safety officials use Earth Networks’ StreamerRT, a web-based weather visualization tool that displays data from Earth Networks’ weather stations as well as NWS stations, to monitor real-time radar, lightning, and hyper-local conditions and camera views during severe weather events, such as Hurricane Irene in August 2011, and man-made disasters.
- Sector-relevant Information: Numerous sectors impacted by the weather look to Earth Networks for real-time information, forecasts and advanced severe weather warnings. Whether optimizing power generation or protecting airport ground crews from severe weather, our tools and technologies help companies maintain productivity while helping to ensure safety during both routine and high-impact weather.
- School Safety and Education: Schools across the country use our weather stations and the WeatherBug Achieve software curriculum to 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 our lightning detection system 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.
For more information on NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation initiative, visit www.noaa.gov/wrn