|Wednesday, 10 August
GERMANTOWN, Md.--Aug. 9,
2005--WeatherBug: Alerts and Improved Mapping Technology Provide
Superior Weather Intelligence With Highly Granular, Integrated Weather
Reports, Enabling Professionals To Better Identify and Track Wind
Conditions and Approaching Severe Weather Events
WeatherBug, the leading provider of live, local weather information
services, today announced the release of WeatherBug Streamer 3.0, an
online application that provides instantaneous, integrated weather
intelligence for first responders (http://www.weatherbuggovernment.com/firstresp/default.asp).
Streamer is the only application that displays data from the WeatherBug
proprietary network of 8,000 Tracking Stations throughout the U.S.
Only WeatherBug Streamer 3.0 offers emergency managers and first
responders exclusive live, local weather conditions with personalized
severe weather data. Severe weather alerts from the National Weather
Service, "threshold" alerts set from any of the WeatherBug Tracking
Stations, radar-based severe weather alerts, and multiple data layering
assure pinpoint accuracy and relevancy enabling government customers to
better prepare and respond to emergency situations.
Weather reports from alternative weather information providers are
based at airports and can be more than an hour old. With its exclusive
network plus more than 8,000 Tracking Stations and 1,000 cameras
throughout the U.S., WeatherBug Streamer 3.0 delivers up-to-the-second,
customizable views of weather data including current weather and wind
conditions, local radar, current weather contour, satellite, lightning
strikes, live camera views and forecast updates. With this product
release, emergency managers can precisely assess the impact of current
weather conditions and determine which municipalities to evacuate, select
approach routes for first-responders, and choose the type of equipment to
dispatch to a disaster site.
WeatherBug Streamer 3.0 allows users to select up to 23 warnings,
including: alerts for storms, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes,
non-precipitation, marine warnings and advisories, fire weather and civil
emergency severe warnings. Alert thresholds can be set for low and high
temperatures, heat index, average and current wind speeds, wind chill,
wind gusts, rain rate and daily accumulation of rain. This combination of
historical data and personalized, up-to-the-second reports introduces an
unprecedented level of precision to the tracking and analysis of weather.
Users also have the ability to select and monitor lightning, hail and
heavy precipitation. The application visibly and audibly alerts the user
when active alerts post in their selected regions.
WeatherBug Streamer 3.0 also enables public safety departments to
observe and interpret up to five layers of weather data on the same map,
such as humidity and heat index. This enables Streamer customers to
monitor potentially dangerous weather, such as lightning or a tornado. For
greater precision, users can pan and zoom selected maps of roads and
counties, integrating their own custom layer data, such as fire hydrants,
hospitals or other data. This unique perspective assures pinpoint accuracy
"With Hurricane Season well underway, severe weather often hampers
first responders' ability to respond as quickly as they would like to the
needs of their community," said John Doherty, senior vice president,
professional services at WeatherBug. "With WeatherBug Streamer, our
customers now have critical weather information available - anywhere, to
help protect and serve within 'the golden hour', the most critical period
of saving time and saving lives."