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1 “As a part of the medical staff at Florida State University, I am thoroughly pleased with WeatherData’s SkyGuard Lightning Notification Services. Our goal when searching for the best method of lightning detection for FSU was to find a system that not only would keep our athletes safe but also prevent false suspensions of our athletic events. SkyGuard has exceeded those expectations. Not only have they been very accurate, the staff has been wonderful to work with. The meteorologists have been extremely accessible, patient, and overly willing to help us out. I’ve never sensed a “burdened” attitude from any of their staff. Entering in Tallahassee’s time for exceptionally frequent and unpredictable lightning activity, I look forward to having the addition of their expertise.” Rhonda Kelly, MS, ATC/L Assistant Athletic Trainer Florida State University

2 Meteorologists notify you when hazardous weather will affect your operation and when it will not. A warning is issued Certified Meteorologists monitor your location In Action

3 Customized Criteria for Orange County Public Schools –Coverage 11am to 10pm ET Mon-Fri –No service December and January –50 mph winds or higher with the goal of 20 minutes advance notice (the NWS does not issue a warning unless they are expecting 58mph or higher winds –Cloud to ground lightning within 6 miles of each school. –Warnings are disseminated via , fax, cell phone text messaging (up to 5 numbers). –Consulting privileges (up to 2 people from the district at the same time). –Note: Tornado warnings are not included –Coverage 11am to 10pm ET Mon-Fri –No service December and January –50 mph winds or higher with the goal of 20 minutes advance notice (the NWS does not issue a warning unless they are expecting 58mph or higher winds –Cloud to ground lightning within 6 miles of each school. –Warnings are disseminated via , fax, cell phone text messaging (up to 5 numbers). –Consulting privileges (up to 2 people from the district at the same time). –Note: Tornado warnings are not included

4 Six Mile Radius Cloud-to-Ground Lightning strike Outside the 6 mile radius, no warning

5 Lightning detectors don’t sound alarm WeatherData meteorologists identify the threat for lightning and send an alert via pager, cell phone and to Florida State University 20 minutes later, lightning strikes near the campus Lightning detectors don’t sound alarm WeatherData meteorologists identify the threat for lightning and send an alert via pager, cell phone and to Florida State University 20 minutes later, lightning strikes near the campus Florida State University Forewarned of Lightning WeatherData ® Meteorologists Discern Developing Lightning Threat While Electronic Devices Fail Success Story

6 St. Louis Storms on "We didn't have much warning," said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in a news conference. Commenting on reaction from one emergency official he spoke to, "this is one of the worst storms we can all remember to hit the city of St. Louis in recent years.” Although the storms that hit the St. Louis area Wednesday night might have caught some off-guard, WeatherData clients were alerted a full 23 minutes before the National Weather Service issued a warning. Below are the details: At 6:23pm, WeatherData sends alerts for approaching high winds via cell phone, fax, pager, and SelectWarn software to a wide range of clients (Union Pacific, DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, St. Louis Cardinals). The warning is valid from 6:50pm to 7:25pm. At 6:47pm, the National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm warning for the St. Louis area. As early as 6:50pm, reports of damaging winds are reported in the St. Louis area with the bulk of the storm hitting between 7pm and 7:30pm. On the SelectWarn animation below, you can see at the beginning the initial gust front well ahead of the actual storms. WeatherData meteorologists were able to identify this threat and alert clients earlier than what was available from local TV and government sources. "We didn't have much warning," said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in a news conference. Commenting on reaction from one emergency official he spoke to, "this is one of the worst storms we can all remember to hit the city of St. Louis in recent years.” Although the storms that hit the St. Louis area Wednesday night might have caught some off-guard, WeatherData clients were alerted a full 23 minutes before the National Weather Service issued a warning. Below are the details: At 6:23pm, WeatherData sends alerts for approaching high winds via cell phone, fax, pager, and SelectWarn software to a wide range of clients (Union Pacific, DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, St. Louis Cardinals). The warning is valid from 6:50pm to 7:25pm. At 6:47pm, the National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm warning for the St. Louis area. As early as 6:50pm, reports of damaging winds are reported in the St. Louis area with the bulk of the storm hitting between 7pm and 7:30pm. On the SelectWarn animation below, you can see at the beginning the initial gust front well ahead of the actual storms. WeatherData meteorologists were able to identify this threat and alert clients earlier than what was available from local TV and government sources. Largest Power Outage in St. Louis history WeatherData clients had 27 minutes warning, the NWS provided 3 minutes.

7 4:06pm – WeatherData issues warnings for the campus 4:22pm – National Weather Service (NWS) issues a severe thunderstorm warning 4:23pm - Roof damage, downed utility poles and power lines reported due to high winds WeatherData provided 17 minutes of advance warning The NWS provided 1 minute advance warning Can your school afford to be caught off-guard?

8 WeatherData issues high wind warning 75 mph winds hit Kansas City school WeatherData provided 17 minutes of advance warning, government only provided 4 minutes. What would be the impact if damaging winds hit with little or no warning? WeatherData issues high wind warning 75 mph winds hit Kansas City school WeatherData provided 17 minutes of advance warning, government only provided 4 minutes. What would be the impact if damaging winds hit with little or no warning? Success Story


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