Weatherbug is a software program and mobile application from Earth Networks delivering live weather information from over 8,000 interconnected weather stations. The desktop application premiered in 2000 in tandem with the debut of the Weatherbug website.
The company followed up with smartphone versions of the program, which garnered exceptional design honors from the 2013 APPY Awards. Weatherbug includes Spark, a lightning tracker for parks and schools that monitors nearby strikes based on information from its parent company's Total Lightning Network.
In addition to up-to-the-minute weather data and customized forecasts, Weatherbug also issues severe weather warnings and emergency information based on the latest updates from the World Meteorological Organization and National Weather Service. DTAs, or Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts, deliver storm warnings at a rate 50 percent faster than conventional services.
Also on Weatherbug, a network of live weather cameras transmits minute-by-minute views of current conditions from a multitude of national locations. Enhanced maps contain overlays detailing pressure and humidity data, wind velocity, traffic conditions, Doppler radar information and satellite views in addition to the latest high and low temperature readings.
Earth Networks also implements a vast system of sensors designed to detect levels of carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere. This effort, in conjunction with environmental experts at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, is part of an effort to better understand the nature of greenhouse gases and their effect on the environment.