Lightning Hits Close to Home

We recently met a woman who was hit by lightning just two miles away from our headquarters. Knowing that her story could help educate many others, she shared what happened on May 27, 2014. This is her story.

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Hot or Not? Our Summer Weather Outlook

Our meteorologists analyzed a range of factors – including ENSO (La Niña/El Niño) patterns, climate models, sea surface temperatures, and other information to develop their 2014 Summer Weather Outlook.

“Last summer, the U.S. experienced above-normal temperatures from Texas across the Rockies to the West Coast, with drought from Texas across the Rockies into southern California,” says Senior Meteorologist James Aman. “For this summer, we see a number of climate factors lining up, pointing to increased chances for above-normal temperatures from Texas and the Southern Plains, across the southwest U.S., and over the entire West Coast. Meanwhile, near-normal temperatures are favored for the East Coast, and below-normal temperatures are favored in the Great Lakes and Northern Plains. In terms of rainfall, much of the nation is favored to have near-normal precipitation, but that will not be enough to break the drought in California and Texas. We will also be watching a developing El Niño that could impact the U.S. later this summer and into fall and winter.”

Read the full forecast on our website or watch the webinar presented by Senior Meteorologist James Aman.

The 2014 Summer Weather Outlook from the Meteorology Team and Earth Networks - WeatherBug

The 2014 Summer Weather Outlook from the Meteorology Team and Earth Networks – WeatherBug

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Our 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

After an unexpectedly tame 2013 season that saw 13 tropical cyclones but no hurricanes above a Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, our meteorology team is forecasting a 2014 Atlantic hurricane season with average-to-below-average storm activity. The season runs from June 1 to November 30 and includes the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. Read our announcement for more details.

2014 Hurricane Season Forecast

2014 Hurricane Season Forecast

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Little League and WeatherBug Launch iOS & Android App

We’re deeply honored to partner with Little League® on the new Little League WeatherBug app providing coaches, managers, parents, family and friends of Little League with real-time weather, severe weather alerts, and personalized lightning detection to help stay safer during practice and ballgames this season.

Watch the new short video about lightning and weather safety and see the app in action:

Stay safer this season while on and off the field! Download Little League WeatherBug on Google Play or the iTunes App Store. The app is free.

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Taking the Pulse of the Planet with Earth Networks

Watch our new video to learn how we’re tracking weather and lightning to help millions Know Before severe weather strikes.

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Earth Networks CEO Discusses Extreme Weather with BBC World News

From ice storms on the East Coast, severe drought on the West Coast, floods in Brazil to extreme heat in Australia — the weather seems to be getting wilder. Is this the new normal? And is this the face of climate change?

Earth Networks CEO Bob Marshall spoke with BBC World News America from Atlanta, where we are speaking at the 94th annual American Meteorological Society conference.

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WeatherBug Home Lowers Energy Bills

Utilities across the country have a new option for customers wanting to save money and reduce their energy use this summer without changing their behavior or adjusting the comfort settings on their thermostats, thanks to WeatherBug® Home, a residential energy efficiency program taking a smarter approach to saving electricity.

Watch our new video to learn more:

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Tracking Big Weather

Go behind the scenes at Earth Networks – WeatherBug as we track big weather events like this week’s freezing cold Polar Vortex. Lorna Shaddick visited our headquarters in Germantown, Maryland this week and reports: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/video/record-setting-freeze/946926.html

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Happy New Year from Earth Networks!

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Strong Spring Storms Detected by Brazilian Lightning Detection Network (BrasilDAT)

6 December 2013: Our CEO, Bob Marshall, while in Rio de Janeiro, experienced first- hand how quickly weather can change in Brazil when a heavy precipitation event caused significant flooding in the city.  See the story here on our Know Before Blog post.

5 December 2013: A new total lightning detection network, capable of detecting in-cloud (IC) and cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning is helping Brazilian Meteorological Services to better track and forecast severe weather across southeastern Brazil.  For more information on BrazilDAT click here.

PulseRad simulated radar, automatically generated by correlating lightning rates to DBZ shows a nearly solid line of storms across SE Brazil.

PulseRad simulated radar, automatically generated by correlating lightning rates to DBZ shows a nearly solid line of storms across SE Brazil.

Today, a strong frontal system was pushing north through Rio Grande Do Sul and into Santa Catarina and Parana and generating a strong line of thunderstorms that had been producing storms with very frequent lightning, heavy downpours and strong winds according to BrasilDAT (Sistema Brasileiro de Detecção de Descargas Atmosféricas), the Brazilian Lightning Detection Network.

Image shows total lightning for the last minute combined with automated cell tracks and Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs).

Image shows total lightning for the last minute combined with automated cell tracks and Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs).

The entirely automated network tracks individual lightning cells and the rates of lightning each minute. High rates of lightning are highly correlated to severe weather. When lightning rates exceed a certain threshold, automated Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts are issued based on the speed and direction of the cell being tracked by BrasilDAT.

Rapidly developing thunderstorms are tracked each minute. Automated DTAs are issued based on the rates and the speed and direction of the cells.

Rapidly developing thunderstorms are tracked each minute. Automated DTAs are issued based on the rates and the speed and direction of the cells.

The system being tracked generated a number of Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs) across Rio Grande Do Sul overnight and this afternoon they continued into Santa Catarina.

Automated DTAs are issued based on the rates and the speed and direction of the cells. Updates are done every 15 minutes to account for changes in the cells direction and speed.

Automated DTAs are issued based on the rates and the speed and direction of the cells. Updates are done every 15 minutes to account for changes in the cells direction and speed.

Simulated Radar is generated by the BrasilDAT system. Intensity of storms is correlated to total lightning rates.

Simulated Radar is generated by the BrasilDAT system. Intensity of storms is correlated to total lightning rates.

Numerous Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts were issued in the northeastern part of the state as the storms tracked toward Joinville. Rainfall totals for the storms ranged from 1-2″ as they passed through. Most of the rain falling in about an hour.

Automated DTAs are issued based on the rates and the speed and direction of the cells. Updates are done every 15 minutes to account for changes in the cells direction and speed.

Automated DTAs are issued based on the rates and the speed and direction of the cells. Updates are done every 15 minutes to account for changes in the cells direction and speed.

PulseRad storm intensities (simulated DBZ) is correlated to rain rates so rain totals can be estimated. The strongest of the storms produced rainfall of 1-2" as the line of storms passed.

PulseRad storm intensities (simulated DBZ) is correlated to rain rates so rain totals can be estimated. The strongest of the storms produced rainfall of 1-2″ as the line of storms passed.

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