Founded in 1993, Earth Networks started in the education market by pioneering a program that installed professional-grade weather stations at schools and then networked them together. The data from these stations enabled teachers to apply real-world weather conditions when teaching math, science and geography. Next, under the WeatherBug brand, Earth Networks a rigorous curriculum that met national and state education standards for grades K-12. Today, over 250,000 students and teachers log-in every year for true hands-on learning.
The TV broadcast partnership model was introduced in 1993, when the Earth Networks "On-Air" solution connected schools to broadcast meteorologists across the U.S. Today, local broadcast meteorologists at approximately 70 NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, WB and Telemundo television stations are utilizing Earth Networks live, local weather conditions in their weather newscasts and station websites under the WeatherBug brand. This offers a unique look at the weather from within the viewers' neighborhoods.
In 2000, the Earth Networks launched the WeatherBug desktop application for consumer and business users. Leveraging the existing weather station network, Earth Networks began offering users real-time weather conditions, forecasts and life-saving severe weather alerts. Within eight months of the initial launch, 1.5 million users had downloaded the WeatherBug desktop app to their computers. To date, over 100 million users access this free product and WeatherBug.com has become one of the largest news and information sites on the Internet, tracking over 24 million unique visitors each month. Earth Networks is consistently ranked in the top 10 internet companies in the News and Information Categories reported by comScore.
In 2002, Earth Networks developed a strong private/public partnership with the National Weather Service and began aiding Homeland Security. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has partnered with Earth Networks, to provide twenty-one urban scale mesonet centers across the United States. Approximately 100 weather stations per city are maintained at a high standard and linked to an additional 8,000 weather stations located throughout the country that encompasses the national Earth Networks weather network. The data obtained from this network is also used by National Weather Service (NWS) operations at forecast offices and in modeling efforts.
Earth Networks data and products provide agencies with the intelligence to precisely assess the impact of current weather conditions during natural disasters or hazmat events, enabling them to determine which municipalities to evacuate; select approach routes for first-responders; and to select the type of equipment to dispatch to a disaster area. In addition, the program provides more accurate and up-to-date data for plume models.
As a trusted source of weather information, Earth Networks provides individuals, schools, businesses and government agencies with the live relevant weather data needed to make more informed weather-related decisions. Earth Networks continuously monitors and streams live local weather conditions to millions of consumers via the Internet and mobile devices; to more than 100 state and local government agencies and to broadcast television stations, schools and businesses.