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New Snow, Freezing Rain Layers avaialble in Weather Defender Commercial Edition

by Rory Groves        January 10, 2014  |  2:12 pm  |  Category: Company | Latest News

Snowfall Accumulation Layers depict areas of expected snowfall over the next three days

New Snowfall Accumulation Forecasts give you advance warning to where the winter storms will hit hardest in your community.

Freezing Rain layers depict areas of freezing rain and ice accumulation over the next three days

The new Freezing Rain layers depict areas of freezing rain and ice accumulation over the next three days.

With Weather Defender's new winter tracking layers you can:

  • Determine where you need to deploy your resources on a more accurate, more timely basis
  • Predict snowfall and ice accumulations 24, 48, and 72 hours into the future
  • Combine snowfall and ice layers with other layers like real-time Winter Radar
  • Set Perimeter Alerts and be automatically notified when threatening winter weather is approaching

Commercial customers can find the new layers under the Commercial Layers category of the Layer Browser.

Weather Defender Commercial Edition was designed specifically for public safety agencies, utilities, contractors and other organizations that need up-to-the-second weather data and tracking systems. Always-on threat monitoring and alerts allow you to minimize risk, maximize preparedness, and optimize the allocation of costly resources. A user-friendly, intuitive and robust solution for your weather monitoring needs, from a trusted provider.

To schedule a demo of Weather Defender Commercial Edition, please call 1-800-960-4586 (M-F, 9-5PM CST), or click here to contact a rep.

Extreme Cold Blasts the Midwest, SWIFT Weather HQ

by Rory Groves        January 6, 2014  |  12:07 pm  |  Category: Company | Latest News

Extreme cold polar temps descended south over the weekend to bring subzero temperatures and dangerously cold windchills across the Midwest including North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and of course Minnesota -- home base to the SWIFT Weather operations.

We Minnesotans are used to cold weather, but this is one for the recordbooks. As a whole, this winter has been the coldest in decades with several weeks of subzero temperatures.

We woke this morning with temperatures at -18 degrees Farhenheit near Minneapolis and Wind Chill values around -45 degrees. That number is to expected to drop further overnight to -21 degrees F and almost -50 Wind Chill. And Minneapolis isn't the coldest part of the state by a long shot. The further north you go, the colder it gets.


Stay warm and plan ahead if you need to travel anywhere. Stock up on winter gear -- after Christmas is a good time to get deep discounts on winter apparel.


Best Regards,

Rory Groves



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


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