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Street-Level Tracking is Key for Public Servant

by Emily Belden        February 17, 2010  |  12:28 pm  |  Category: Testimonials

"As a public servant in Morrison County I'm concerned that we provide our residents with the best information possible to enable them to adequately prepare in a timely fashion for what might be coming - whether it is flood, winter storms, severe thunder/lightning storms, tornados or whatever.  Our Public Safety and Public Works personnel need to be able to respond rapidly and strategically to changing conditions as well, and weather related events can play a big part in their ability to do so.

"One of our recent areas of focus is bringing the weather down to street and parcel level.  This gives us the ability to identify specific locations where there might be high concentrations of people in the path of a system, giving law enforcement and other agencies the ability to provide a more advanced notice than might otherwise be given - possibly saving lives.  Being able to add our own layers of data as an overlay to Weather Defender could potentially help us in this regard."

Mike Disher
Director of Technology Services
Morrison County, Minnesota


Stuck in a fog.

by Emily Belden        January 19, 2010  |  11:18 am  |  Category: Latest News

From the Midwest down to Miami, the conditions outside sure make it seem like we're all extras in the movie, "The Fog." However, as frustrated drivers and delayed travelers can attest, there's nothing entertaining about this latest weather plague. Here are some of the common fog-related advisories being issued at the moment:

Freezing Fog Advisory: icing is possible on roads and walkways, especially bridges and overpasses. Especially dangerous for pedestrians and drivers.

Dense Fog Advisory: visibilities could fall below a quarter-mile, making almost any kind of traveling exceptionally dangerous. Drive slowly, with low beams on, to minimize accidents.

Though it's best to postpone travel plans when a thick fog rolls into your area, here are some of the best tips to stay safe throughout the foggy weather:

- Fog can cause an illusion that you are traveling in slow motion, when in reality you may actually be speeding. Keep an eye on the speedometer for accuracy.
- Contrary to what you may be inclined to do, drive with your low beams on. High beams can reflect off the fog and cause more visibility problems.
- Since drivers tend to follow the lights of the car in front of them when it's foggy, make sure you turn the lights off if you are experiencing car troubles. Pull over and step away from the vehicle for maximum safety.
- If the fog is really thick, unroll the driver-side window and listen for traffic. You can also keep an eye on the right side of the road for a guide.

What have your experiences been with the fog so far? Leave a comment and let us know - or send me your fog pictures:

Fog photo by Daniel Muller - Omaha, NE

" invaluable resource" for extreme weather

by Rory Groves        January 4, 2010  |  9:59 am  |  Category: Testimonials

"I concur with these testimonials. this year has been the exception as opposed to the norm with respect to weather in Kentucky. When weather events affecting public welfare have occurred they have been on the extreme side whether flooding in August and September or just the past week an EF 2 tornado in Casey County. Weather Defender has been an invaluable resource in bringing all aspects of the dynamic weather picture together to present an ongoing assessment of potentially dangerous weather situations."

Chuck Danison
Shelbyville, Kentucky

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