Weather tracking system to help utility company respond to outages

WeatherBug. Courtesy of http://earthnetworks.com/WeatherBug

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — First responders and emergency management officials have a new state-of-the-art tool to help them respond to extreme weather events.

National Grid has installed WeatherBug stations in Coventry and Exeter, with more planned in other communities. The technology, supplied by weather information provider Earth Networks, allows users to monitor real-time, local weather patterns.

The electric and utility company demonstrated the WeatherBug system at the Coventry Emergency Operations Center in Coventry on Tuesday.

National Grid says the monitoring system will help emergency management officials, first responders and its own workers better prepare for and respond more efficiently to power outages.

Earth Network’s website says millions of people rely on WeatherBug for forecasts and alerts. WeatherBug integrates data from the National Weather Service (NWS) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for the complete weather information and alerting, according to the website.

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