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4 New Hot & Cool Features in Weather Defender

by Rory Groves        July 9, 2010  |  3:35 pm  |  Category: Latest News | Tips & Tricks


The dog days of summer are here! Grab a cold drink, relax, and check out these latest new features in Weather Defender:


Relative Humidity Layers

Relative Humidity Plots

Just when you think it couldn't get any hotter, we throw some humidity into the mix. But seriously, RH Plots show you the level of moisture in the air--the fuel of thunderstorm development.


Relative Humidity

Contoured plots of the RH Plots above for easier visualization and spotting potential areas of thunderstorm formation.



Wind Chill Layers

Wind Chill Plots

Wind Chill in July? No, you probably won't be making use of this layer for a few months. But we're just trying to do our part to cool you down this summer.



Wind Chill Contours
At-a-glance visualization of those scary-cold temps.




Here's how to add these new layers to your map:

1.   Unlock your map by clicking the padlock icon in the upper-right of the Map Layers window (or the Lock icon on the Map toolbar)
2.   On the main toolbar, click Map > Add Layer
3.   In the Layer Browser, click the Surface Weather category
4.   Find the corresponding layer (RH Plots/WC Plots, etc) and click Add To Map


When Will It Stop? Winter Storms Continue to Batter Coast

by Rory Groves        February 9, 2010  |  4:19 pm  |  Category: Latest News

Another major storm headed to snowy Mid-Atlantic:

CNN Reports: "Another massive snowstorm barreled toward the mid-Atlantic region Tuesday, as forecasters told residents still reeling from a paralyzing weekend blizzard to prepare for more of the same.

Hundreds of flights were canceled, and airlines were waiting to see whether they would have to cancel more. Federal workers and schoolchildren in the nation's capital were told to stay home for a second consecutive day.

The National Weather Service predicted another 10 to 20 inches of snow for northern Virginia, eastern Maryland and Washington beginning Tuesday afternoon and continuing through Wednesday."


Fatally Cold: More Heavy Snow, "Negative 50" Wind Chills for Midwest

by Rory Groves        January 7, 2010  |  9:31 am  |  Category:

"Dangerously cold wind chills were anticipated in the Midwest overnight, including as low as 35 below in eastern Nebraska, minus 45 in parts of South Dakota and negative 50 in North Dakota, according to National Weather Service warnings." (AP)

Jan 7, 2010: Artic air pushes south from Canada triggering
Wind Chill and Freeze Warnings across the U.S.

Jan 7, 2010: The Upper Midwest is experiencing the brunt of the cold,
with with extreme winds and blowing snow

Don't take any chances today or friday--its going to be fatally cold. At least 7 people have died so far this season, including 4 in Chicago. If you can delay or avoid travel plans through the Midwest, you should do so.

If you must go out in this weather, take it seriously. Have the following in your car:

  • Cell phone with charger
  • Shovel & scrapers
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Hats, coats, mittens, blankets
  • Battery powered radio
  • Snack food and water
  • Road salt or sand
  • First aid kit

Most importantly: Stay tuned to emergency broadcasts and know the weather situation for yourself!

Stay safe, and keep an eye out for those who may need your help.

Best Regards,

Rory Groves
Founder & CEO
SWIFT Weather



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