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New "High Detail" Map for Weather Defender

by Rory Groves        June 11, 2010  |  1:11 pm  |  Category: Latest News

A new map has been released for use with Weather Defender v1.1. It is a free download for all registered users. The new "High Detail" map increases the visual reference points for storm-tracking in the following geographic datasets:

  • County names
  • Secondary roads and highways
  • Cities and towns

The High Detail map is different from the default retail maps, which try to minimize geographic clutter. Compare the following:

The new map is a FREE DOWNLOAD for all current subscribers. To install:

  1. Log in to your 'My Account' page
  2. Click the Download Link next to "High Detail Map"
  3. Run the installation file
  4. Start Weather Defender and open the map (Shield Menu > Open Map)

 

Street-Level Weather Tracking in Weather Defender

by Rory Groves        January 29, 2010  |  4:34 pm  |  Category: Tips & Tricks

In this latest tutorial, learn how to track real-time weather down to the street-level by adding county and neighborhood streets to your map in Weather Defender:

 

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This is one of the most powerful -- and popular -- features in Weather Defender because it significantly enhances your ability to make smart decisions when it comes to severe weather.

Stuck in a fog.

by Emily Belden        January 19, 2010  |  11:18 am  |  Category: Latest News

From the Midwest down to Miami, the conditions outside sure make it seem like we're all extras in the movie, "The Fog." However, as frustrated drivers and delayed travelers can attest, there's nothing entertaining about this latest weather plague. Here are some of the common fog-related advisories being issued at the moment:

Freezing Fog Advisory: icing is possible on roads and walkways, especially bridges and overpasses. Especially dangerous for pedestrians and drivers.

Dense Fog Advisory: visibilities could fall below a quarter-mile, making almost any kind of traveling exceptionally dangerous. Drive slowly, with low beams on, to minimize accidents.

Though it's best to postpone travel plans when a thick fog rolls into your area, here are some of the best tips to stay safe throughout the foggy weather:

- Fog can cause an illusion that you are traveling in slow motion, when in reality you may actually be speeding. Keep an eye on the speedometer for accuracy.
- Contrary to what you may be inclined to do, drive with your low beams on. High beams can reflect off the fog and cause more visibility problems.
- Since drivers tend to follow the lights of the car in front of them when it's foggy, make sure you turn the lights off if you are experiencing car troubles. Pull over and step away from the vehicle for maximum safety.
- If the fog is really thick, unroll the driver-side window and listen for traffic. You can also keep an eye on the right side of the road for a guide.

What have your experiences been with the fog so far? Leave a comment and let us know - or send me your fog pictures: emily@swiftweather.com

Fog photo by Daniel Muller - Omaha, NE

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