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Tornado Preparedness Cannot be Stressed Enough

by Jamie Robinson        May 27, 2011  |  12:04 pm  |  Category: Latest News

2011 has been a year of devastation for the record books.  Through May 25th, 2011 has set numerous records for tornadoes.  Many of these have stood for decades.  Some frightening tornado statistics already this year are:

  • Most tornadoes ever recorded in any single month (April 2011 - 875, previous record was 542 in May 2003)
  • Average yearly total number of tornadoes: 1274, so far in 2011 (preliminary) is 1212
  • Average number of tornadoes for the past 10 years in May: 298, so far in 2011: 295 (through 5/26 a.m.)
  • Most tornado related deaths: 508 (through 5/26 a.m.) since 1953.  1925 had the most tornado deaths with 794
  • Joplin's tornado death toll stands at 125 (through 5/26 a.m.), this makes it the deadliest tornado since 1947
  • Joplin's tornado was rated an EF5 (the highest possible) indicating winds in excess of 200 mph!

By all accounts, the significant increase in tornado related deaths this year is due to the tornadoes hitting more densely populated areas.  As the population of the United States continues to grow, this trend could likely continue well into the future.  Even with improved technology and increased warning times, most structures aren't designed to withstand and EF5 tornado.  That makes it crucial to have a plan for what you and your family should do in the event of a tornado.  This includes a plan for where to go, having a weather radio (and possibly other sources of weather information like a portable, battery operated TV, internet access, etc...) and sufficient batteries in the safe place, basic food and water should you be without power for multiple days, etc...).  

We cannot stress enough the importance of being prepared for this threat:

  • Make a plan and discuss it with your family
  • Determine your tornado shelter ahead of time 
  • Have at least 3 days of food and water on hand

The National Severe Storms Laboratory has an article that explains tornadoes and provides some very good pointers on preparing for a tornado:



Marina uses Weather Defender to Keep Boaters Safe

by Emily Belden        March 7, 2010  |  10:06 am  |  Category: Testimonials

Tom Raiola - Brewer Bruce & Johnson's Marina

"Storm preparation is a major concern for us here at the marina. Keeping employees and local boaters aware of pending storms is a critical concern.

"We use Weather Defender as an additional resource to provide as close as real time weather data to our guests.  I am still learning how to fine tune the data and am confident it will be a big hit with our customers.  We actually have a flat panel display set up in our office where both our employees and customers can observe weather current data."

Tom Raiola
Brewer Bruce & Johnson’s Marina
Branford, Connecticut


Getting the most out of Weather Defender

by Rory Groves        February 27, 2010  |  11:20 am  |  Category: Tips & Tricks

At first glance, many of our users don't realize the degree to which Weather Defender can be customized. But this is one of the software's greatest strengths, so we thought you should know about it.

Here's a recap of the tutorial videos we have recently released:

Street-Level Weather Tracking
Learn how to add local county and neighborhood streets to your map and track real-time weather down to the street-level. (2:59) 

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Create a 'Freezing Line'
Learn how to use the Palette Editor to customize contour layers in Weather Defender. In this tutorial, we create a Freezine Line on the Temperature layer, indicating the precise location of freezing temperatures. (8:01) 

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Receive Weather Alerts by E-mail or Cellphone
Weather Defender can be configured to deliver weather alerts in a variety of ways. Learn how to send weather alerts to an e-mail address or cell phone text message. (7:32) 

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Import a List of Custom Locations
The Add Point tool is the easiest way to add custom locations to your map -- and keep tab on family or friends. But what if you have a long list of locations? This tutorial shows how you to import a table of locations to your map in one fell swoop. (9:26) 

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 Do you have a tutorial suggestion? We'd love to hear about it!


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