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Central States Enjoy Much Cooler July

by Jamie Robinson        August 28, 2013  |  12:37 pm  |  Category:

cool july, hot august

The nation's mid section enjoyed a much cooler July in 2013 compared to the sweltering heat they had to endure a year earlier. As you can see from the table below, many cities through the heart of the country experienced significantly lower temperatures in 2013. St. Louis, for example, was 12.2°F cooler in 2013 than it was in 2012. They also had zero days above 100°F while they had to deal with 15 such days last year.

This resulted in 23 heat related fatalities in July 2012. Even Wichita Falls, which is accustomed to high heat in the summer, experienced a 67% reduction in the number of 100°F+ days in 2013 (21 → 7). While the cooler weather wasn't quite as favorable for traditional summer activities such as boating and swimming, it was much nicer for most other outdoor activities.

Unfortunately, many areas are seeing much more seasonal weather in August. Here's to hoping that we don't see a heat wave like we did last summer.

Stay cool!

Remembering Tim Samaras

by Rory Groves        June 3, 2013  |  9:01 am  |  Category: Latest News

I was stunned and deeply saddened when I heard of Tim Samaras' untimely death in the Oklahoma tornadoes this weekend, as well as his son and chasing partner. Tim was a veteran storm chaser and I knew him well. Back in 2002, Tim helped to test an early version of SWIFT WX, which would later become Weather Defender, in his history-making tornado probe deployments. We published a press release about his success which got noticed by National Geographic who featured Tim's work and went on to fund future projects. 

A few years later I asked Tim to be the keynote speaker at the 1st Annual Minnesota Skywarn Workshop I was organizing. It was a free event and I couldn't afford to pay him beyond travel expenses, but Tim came anyway because he believed in the mission of Skywarn and promoting severe weather awareness. It was a packed house and Tim's presentation on In-Situ Tornado Probes was well received. 

Tim was a brilliant engineer and at the very forefront of weather technology and severe weather science. And he was nothing if not cautious. That's what makes his death so difficult to accept. When I remember Tim, there are many positive traits that come to mind. But mostly, he was a good man who was respected by all. It was my privilege to know him.

My prayers are with the Samaras family and all the families who have witnessed the ultimate devastation in recent weeks.


Rory Groves

Founder & CEO 
SWIFT Weather


New Rainfall Forecast Layers in Weather Defender

by Rory Groves        May 8, 2013  |  10:19 am  |  Category: Latest News | Tips & Tricks

New precipitation forecast layers in Weather Defender give you the ability to predict rainfall up to 7 days out. Quantitative Precipitation Forecast predicts the total amount of expected liquid precipitation in a given forecast period.

The following periods are now available:

  • Day 1: 0-24 hours from present
  • Day 2: 24-48 hours
  • Day 3: 48-72 hours
  • Days 4-5: Multi-day forecast covering 72-120 hours from present
  • Days 6-7: Multi-day forecast covering 120-168 hours
  • Days 1-7: Multi-day forecast covering 0-168 hours (the entire next week)
Here is a screenshot of Day 1-7 Forecast taken today (looks like it will be very wet in New England):

Using the new layers is simple. Just navigate to the Forecast section of the Layer Browser and scroll until you see the Precipitation layers listed (see below).

Click Add to Map under the layer(s) you wish to add. As with all layer functionality in Weather Defender, the Precipitation Forecast layers will automatically update at regular intervals.


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