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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



2013 Slowest Weather Year in Decades

by Jamie Robinson        October 25, 2013  |  12:17 pm  |  Category: Latest News

For all the talk of global warming and extreme weather events being on the increase, 2013 bucks that trend in almost every respect. It's not just the current hurricane season that is well behind seasonal averages. For example, the number of tornadoes this year sits at 771. This is compared to the average number of tornadoes annually since 2000 of 1342. Admittedly, we still have 2 months left in the year though November and December are not typically big tornado quantity months.

With regards to hurricanes, thus far this year we've only had 2 named storms achieve hurricane status (Humberto and Ingrid). Each of these storms was only a hurricane for a short time and never exceeded Category 1 status. The lack of tropical activity isn't just contained to the Atlantic. The Eastern Pacific, also, has not had any major (Category 3 or higher) hurricanes yet this year. The only other year in which neither had a major storm was 1968. We are also in the midst of the longest period of time without a major storm hitting the U.S. since the mid-late 1800s. We have not had a major storm hit since Wilma in late October 2005.

Other extreme forms of weather are also down for 2013. The number and affected acreage of wildfires are both down considerably this year. We have seen a total of 40,306 wildfires this year affecting a total acreage of 4,152,390. This is compared to the average of 2004 - 2012 of 75,066 wildfires and 7,602,762 acres. As for the number of high temperature records set this year (both high maximum and high minimum temperatures), we are also seeing a significant reduction from last year. For the year to date, we have set 23,110 new "high" records as opposed to 58,115 for the same time frame last year. Finally, we're on pace in 2013 for the fewest number of 100°F days in a year in nearly 100 years.


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