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10th Anniversary Giveaway -- Grand Prize!

by Rory Groves        October 27, 2010  |  10:23 am  |  Category: Company | Latest News

Congratulations to Doug Reed of Council Bluffs, IA for winning this grand prize!

It's Our 10th Anniversary this month... and We're Celebrating BIG!!!

Each weekend in October we're giving away great prizes! ANYONE CAN ENTER. No purchase necessary.

To Enter: Simply leave a comment on this blog. Your comment must include:

  • Real Name
  • Hometown (city & state)
  • Answer this question: "How are you a 'Weather Defender' in your community?"

 Winner will be picked at random on Sunday, October 31st.

Final GRAND PRIZE for Sunday, October 31st


Ambient Weather

Wireless Home Weather Station

$100 value - FREE!

Features Include:

  • Rainfall data: 1-hour, 24-hour,one week,one month and total since last reset.
  • Wind chill and Dew point temperature display
  • Wind speed (mph, m/s, km/h, knots, Beaufort)
  • Wind direction display with LCD compass
  • Weather forecast tendency arrow
  • Weather alarm modes for:
    a) Temperature
    b) Humidity
    c) Wind chill
    d) Dew point
    e) Rainfall
    f) Wind speed
    g) Air pressure
    h) Storm warning
  • Forecast icons based on changing barometric pressure
  • Barometric pressure (inHg or hPa) with 0.1hPa resolution
  • Wireless outdoor and indoor humidity (% R)
  • Records min. and max.
  • Free PC software for transfer weather data to PC

Shipped direct to you by:

* U.S. addresses only

Post your answer & hometown below for a chance to win!

Winner will be picked at random on Sunday, October 31st.



10/27/2010 11:05:41 AM #

Witnessing the devastation of tornadoes and severe storms is what led to the creation of this business and Weather Defender. But I have been a certified storm spotter for many years. I have also been a Skywarn instructor and organized the first state-wide Minnesota Skywarn Workshop. I currently have CPR training and plan to continue in disaster training so I can better respond to the aftermath of severe weather.


PS- No, I won't pick myself to win the prize! Just wanted to chime in on this one. Good luck!

Rory Groves

10/27/2010 12:11:01 PM #

With Weather Defender I am able to make assessments for my company and neighborhood community about events that are happening. Many whom which come to me for answers about weather and how to plan accordingly and even planning secondary solutions if the fields are too wet or muddy. It helps me a lot and even with Storm Spotting - Skywarn. Beautiful tool I really like this tool but I still manage even though someone stole my laptop from me I will eventually get another one and get backup and running again mobile.


10/27/2010 12:11:44 PM #

I am the Director of 20 plus members of Galva ESDA SKYWARN, which we are storm spotters!

Robert Johnson

10/27/2010 12:11:57 PM #

I am a skywarn spotter as well, and people that I work with also turn to me for the latest weather information as well as for advice on how to handle weather emergencies.

Joseph Wisdom
Grand Rapids, MI


10/27/2010 12:13:30 PM #

I am a weather defender by protecting my children from harm by keeping informed.  Knowing when to take them to our basement if the weather gets bad.  When bad weather is near we have to pay close attention.  We do not have a early warning system near our house.  TV, Radio and Computer are our only defense.

Cathy Dyer

10/27/2010 12:14:21 PM #

nice program   very easy too use  my home town is Grayville,Il

Danny Solsberry

10/27/2010 12:15:34 PM #

Storms with straighline winds came through Memphis this past week and I was so glad to have the defender helping me protect my family. Fortunately my area was spared any severity but I was prepared. Thanks for providing for my family in the ways that you do  sincerely, Joseph Kirkland

Joseph Kirkland

10/27/2010 12:16:44 PM #

I'm a Weather Defender in our community because I'm the severe weather geek who tracks storms and lightning strikes! In the summer months, my iPhone alerts me of nearby lightning, so we know when to get out of the pool or off the golf course. I also keep tabs on where the heavy monsoon rains are! And, of course, I share that info with anybody who will listen!

Mark Fleming

10/27/2010 12:20:26 PM #

I am a local storm reporter and chaser in Eastern Colorado an have been doing so for 7 years. I have volunteered and have helped people in need after a tornado, I have set up shelters in Eastern Colorado in wake of devastating Tornados. I use Weather Defender for all my needs.

Matt Baker
Colorado Springs


10/27/2010 12:20:30 PM #

I am a Skywarn storm spotter in Lucas Co (Maumee,OH)
Ive been spotting storms for a little over a year now and I'm also a HAM operator KD8LWL. My co-workers always come to me for weather updates on a day to day basis. I also have a 95 explorer that has been modified with HAM,Cb, and Police radios along with an anemometer, temp and rain gauge.

Shawn Manion
Maumee,Oh 43537


10/27/2010 12:20:34 PM #

I am a weather spoter, weather defender kicks ass

Lowell Jones

10/27/2010 12:20:45 PM #

Working for a local radio station, I have an inside look at what and where weather is coming from and what area will be affected by severe weather. Being able to relay that information to the listeners is just as important as having them aware that any adverse weather will affect their commute or where ever the listener may be. Being as accurate with the right tools on hand, helps that effort.

John Greene (Knight)

10/27/2010 12:23:14 PM #

I keep an eye out for severe weather and am ready to alert others to the newest developments.

Deborah DAmbrosi

10/27/2010 12:24:13 PM #

I am the guy who sees neighbors outside,that are totally clueless with kids outside,and i have to warn everyone of the danger,you would think the thunder and black sky would warn them lol,but that's part of our duties as chasers and volunteers.

brian mooney

10/27/2010 12:25:48 PM #

I help create a video forecast for Northeastern Ohio through a website ( and I also recently created my own website that provides weather updates for the state of Ohio.  With a program such as Weather Defender, we can provide real-time weather updates on approaching storms to our audience via live web stream.  I am also a Skywarn spotter for my area as well.  Further, I am able to alert friends and family in a timely manner so that can react and prepare for the approaching storm.

Mark Spencer

10/27/2010 12:28:19 PM #

As a Boy Scout Weather Merit badge councilor I make sure that the boys that are going through the MB have seen a good deal of different severe WTD before I will sign off on the requirements. It usuy takes the boys a year to get the MB if I am the councilor.
I am trying to put a portable WTX and communications station together that would have a wtx station, laptop and amateur radio gear for the Boys to use as  a recruitment tool and as a community resource.  This station would be a great help in putting this project near completion.  A great teaching tool for the next generation of leaders!

Steeve Hives

10/27/2010 12:30:12 PM #

Sorry we are located in Livonia, Michigan.
Check out our website

Steeve Hives

10/27/2010 12:30:30 PM #

For years I used my home desktop computer to track storms for the county civil defense , fire dept , law enforcement, etc. I tried Weather Defender for a trial peroid at the program , kicks ass . I wish I could afford it full time but with her chemo bills and the fact I am no longer on the Fire dept i cant afford it right now, I sure miss not having it. I tell anyone that asked me how to find it or supply the link.

walter brooker

10/27/2010 12:32:27 PM #

I currently operate as part of the Amateur Radio Emergency Services as a ham radio operator. During times of disasters, I work to relay information for emergency service providers and those in need. We also do a lot to prepare for storms. Living along the Gulf Coast of Florida, we are prime for hurricanes. During the days and hours leading up to a storm, we relay information and insure that it gets into the hands of those that need it. We also staff shelters and provide search and recovery operations. Living in this region also makes us prone to tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. Relaying this information to those in rural areas is vital to survival of the uninformed. I take pride in being a part of the first level of warning in our area and helping others as a weather defender.

Christopher Nelson

10/27/2010 12:35:04 PM #

I currently operate as part of the Amateur Radio Emergency Services as a ham radio operator. During times of disasters, I work to relay information for emergency service providers and those in need. We also do a lot to prepare for storms. Living along the Gulf Coast of Florida, we are prime for hurricanes. During the days and hours leading up to a storm, we relay information and insure that it gets into the hands of those that need it. We also staff shelters and provide search and recovery operations. Living in this region also makes us prone to tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. Relaying this information to those in rural areas is vital to survival of the uninformed. I take pride in being a part of the first level of warning in our area and helping others as a weather defender in Pace, Florida.

Christopher Nelson

10/27/2010 12:35:42 PM #

I am a storm watcher for a wind farm operations company.

Lake Elsinore, California.

Justin McColley

10/27/2010 12:36:58 PM #

Love your product!!  The violent storm tracking and the detail are extremely useful and fun!!  I had a trial version years ago, but can't afford it, but still a fan!!
My hometown is Las Cruces, New Mexico, but I've been a Golden, Colorado resident for most of the past 25 years.

Zane Evans

10/27/2010 12:41:10 PM #

My wife and I are members of the Denton County (Texas) CERT team and the Denton County Medical Reserve Corp. As members, we respond to weather related emergencies throughout the county. During potential dangerous weather  situations, we are provided up to the minute weather conditions by the National Weather Service Fort Worth office.  Our neigbors and friends have relied on us to provide them with this information concerning weather issues.  We are proud to provide this service to our friends, neighbors and residents of Denton County.

Dick Patefield KE5OXS
Highland Village, Tx

Dick Patefield

10/27/2010 12:43:09 PM #

In Springfield, IL, in a neighborhood hit hard by a tornado twice in the past four years. Our daughter is now also married and living on the farm, where changes in the weather can have a huge impact. Now we're developing materials to use weather forecasting and tracking to teach math, science and writing skills, something I think Weather Defender will play a key role in. I spent Monday night sitting in front of the monitor watch the cold front roll through trying to figure out if and when it was going to hit us. After completing my trial of Weather Defender...Monday night convinced me it's time to buy.

John Jamison

10/27/2010 12:44:16 PM #

I am currently taking classes to become a meteorologists. I am very fascinated by weather and how it is affected. I think this is a really useful tool for me.


10/27/2010 12:49:44 PM #

This would be the perfect addition to my activity as a SKYWARN spotter in Pennslyvania

Sue Chimel

10/27/2010 12:50:19 PM #

Sweet, congrats on your 10th year!!!

Ron Austin

10/27/2010 12:53:55 PM #

I have been using swiftwx/weather defender for almost 2 years! When severe weather strikes it's the program I go to to get up to the minute info on weather maps and radar! Thank you Rory for your time put into the program -- david

David Arnold

10/27/2010 12:55:01 PM #

I love watchin weather and letting others know of the conditions in our neighborhood.

Wauchula, Fl

Gerald Shackelford

10/27/2010 12:57:04 PM #



10/27/2010 1:00:41 PM #

The Wind over the last 22 days has been spectacular. The Waves on Lake Superior like never before !

Matthew Nyland

10/27/2010 1:04:55 PM #

I use it for our municipality.

Ed Vanderbosch

10/27/2010 1:05:08 PM #

That is a sweet looking piece of hardware!!  I live in Lockport, NY (Western NY state) and even though we rarely get the severe weather other locations get, it's still good to keep informed of changing weather conditions.  

Rob Flynn

10/27/2010 1:13:33 PM #

I use Weather Defender while i am out in the field storm spotting to provide accurate tracks of storms so i can report them into home base.  This software has become an asset to me as well as to Otoe County.  Thank You

Jordan Dierking   KD0KBP
Nebraska City, NE

Jordan Dierking

10/27/2010 1:17:48 PM #

I take care of helping protect my family and my neighbors families when hazardous weather is upon us.

Chad Novak
Oak Forest, IL

Chad Novak

10/27/2010 1:23:02 PM #

As a flight instructor living on an airpark and keeping my airplanes in my backyard weather is real important to me and my students.

Ron Wiener La Cholla Airpark, Tucson AZ

Ron Wiener

10/27/2010 1:23:07 PM #


well, i notify friends and neighbors when there are dangerous weather events on the way

nick guidici

10/27/2010 1:34:36 PM #

Dan Foley
Pittsburgh, PA

"How are you a 'Weather Defender' in your community?"

How i wish this wasn't picked at random. I've been in love with the weather ever since i was a kid. I majored in meteorology for a while in college even. I'm on top of the forcasts, and always looking at the radar on my cell phone telling everyone what's coming.

When i was a kid I always got the weather channels hurricane tracker kit and would plot the points manually on it every day. I just loved it.

Winning this huge weather station would be so awesome. Right now i have a little one that only tells me the temp outside and that's about it.

Wow would i be so happy. That's why you have to pick me. Cause i seriously am in love with the weather!

Dan Foley

10/27/2010 1:37:10 PM #

We have been having some really wild weather around here the past week in northern Indiana. That would be a great addition to a weather station for a storm spotter/chaser.
I spend a lot of time on my computers watching the weather everyday. Very nice setup.


10/27/2010 1:38:46 PM #

What a great item that I would love to use! I Thank you all for the great things you all are doing and the great give always the items are great in so many way to be use for the weather. I would put this item to great use is my storm chasing adventurousness actives here in Oklahoma.

God Bless You All!

Thomas Helm

10/27/2010 1:39:58 PM #

During my 34 years as a meteorolgist I have had the opportunity to use several forecast suites with respect to staying abreast of rapidly changing weather conditions which have had the potential to impact property as well as the safety of a community's citizens. I have both used Swift Weather 2.7 and now have Weather Defender
As recently as yesterday Weather Defender was an invaluable asset as Severe Weather crossed the Bluegrass State. Features such as the storm track and MDA track allowed for added time to prepare for hazardous weather conditions which were generated by rapidly moving systems even before warnings were issued for a particular area.    

Chuck Danison

10/27/2010 1:47:09 PM #

I am a "Weather Defender" because I give a prediction to a daily audience of 1500+ on high school TV, as well as the internet.

From: Barrington, RI


10/27/2010 2:02:46 PM #

I am the weather/news director for lite rock 97.5 radio here in Norfolk.  This would be a great device to have at the station to get instant up to date data and measurements when the weather wrecks havoc here in the central plains.  What a way for our listeners to get up to date weather information.  We serve almost 500,000 people in our coverage.

Travis Johnson

10/27/2010 2:19:55 PM #

I am a weather defender in that I am my High School's "Meteorologist" and am always asked "Should we take cover" even before the weather service issues the warning.
I turn to all of my software before I make the yes take cover or no just watch it.
I made a call to get everyone in the hallways and when the storm moved past the community,the storm was tornado warned.
I made this call by using Weather Defender and another system via the Base Velocities.
Johnathan Williamson
Palm Coast,FL

Johnathan Williamson

10/27/2010 2:26:42 PM #

I use Weather Defender in several ways, as a pilot it offers lots of information to add to my preflight prep, as well as for community service, as I’m a very active Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service responder. What I cant emphasize enough is that it is VERY accurate, what you see is exactly what you get! I’m always impressed at the accuracy of this program.

Donald James ~ N2VU
Warren County RACES

Donald James

10/27/2010 2:31:35 PM #

I am the family alert system for my family ! I make sure my family knows of any risks or danger pertaining to the weather. I've been hesitant to post for past drawings since I only had a trial of the weather defender but I loved every minute of it ! The features are fantastic for me. I can't work anymore and currently I have to look at many different free resources to get my information. The weather defender puts it all together and even does the alerting for you when you aren't watching ! I occupy allot of my time with my weather hobby. Weather defender is certainly at the top of my weather software wish list. Keep up the great work !!

Billy Holmes

10/27/2010 2:34:13 PM #

I love weather defender, its really easy to use and its an awesome system for storm chasing or for locals that want a good High Def. radar. It has how fast the storm is moving and in what direction. The only thing is I loved it so much but the problem was I only got it for 30 days and if I had the money I would defiantly buy the program to use all the time.

Travis R

10/27/2010 2:39:32 PM #

I am a "Weather Defender" in my community tracking storms for the NWS as a Storm Spotter. When I was stationed in Nebraska with the US Air Force my job as Police and Security meant that we responded to help save lives. With the training ive received in the military has carried over to my civilian life. Im still a first responder. Ive got training in CERT -Rescue, Fire Operations,  Hazmat, and CPR.Now i also work in the emergency room of our local hospital treating patients. Over the years i have used many different programs including US Air Force Weather Sites, Weather Defender(aka Swift Weather), Accuweather, US Navy Weather Sites, College of Dupage Weather, NWS, And NOAA maps and products. I am also working on college courses in meteorology to help study and aid in severe weather conditions. People dont know what the dangers are of severe storms, hurricanes, tornado's, etc till its too late. Get ahead of the game make supply kits, emergency kits, take classes in first aid and cert, plan emergency routes of evacuation. The more knowledge gained the more powerful and informed you are. Thanks Rory Groves And Other Great Weather Pioneers For Continued Development Of Products To Aid In The Fight To Save Lives And Study Weather.

David McGaughey

10/27/2010 2:58:06 PM #

NWS Tampa Bay Skywarn member for Polk County. POL-157A. Thanks to Rory and his crew for a great program!

Mulberry, FL.

Rob Schellinger

10/27/2010 3:10:03 PM #

I am a "Weather Defender" in my neighboordhood because I am able to give my friends and family constant and accurate weather updates as storms come and go. I have even been told that I have saved lives do to friends and family reading my text message warnings I send. I am also able to give my boss accurate details so that she can plan ahead being that we are responsible for all of our county facilities.

Joe Russell - KD0GDO

10/27/2010 3:15:29 PM #

Hi Rory. I am now retired. I have taught classes on Trench Rescue, Rope Rescue, Farm Machinery Rescue and served my community almost two decades in the Fire Service. I have seen first hand the devastation of powerful storms that rolled across the area. I am always available to give a hand to neighbors and check up on the elderly ones when severe weather is on the way. To say I would be lost without Weather Defender is an understatement. Please keep this program going, thanks, Doug in the Buckeye State.

Doug Wehrs

10/27/2010 3:15:40 PM #

Oh Yeah Hometown Is Currently Newark, Maryland About 20 Mins From Ocean City, MD But I Am Originally From Johnstown, PA. I Have Also Been In Some Wild Weather Spots Like Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA Along With Being Sent Overseas To Iraq, Kuwait, Germany, Saudi Arabia, And Ireland.

David McGaughey

10/27/2010 3:20:48 PM #

Ive Been 1/4 to a 1/2 Block away from a tornado in Nebraska, Ive seen a tornado in Illinois, Severe Thunderstorms with lightning and hail in Nebraska, Floods in Pennsylvania, Tornado's, Floods, Hurricanes, and Severe Storms In Maryland and Virgina. Weather And Meteorology Is So Great To Study and Fun Because Its Always Changing

David McGaughey

10/27/2010 3:40:25 PM #

i am a skywarn spotter
i always have my weather alert radio on even in good weather
when weather alert radio automatically comes on with weather alert
i call my neighbors to let them know whats headed our way
i know they dont have a weather alert radio.

donald north

10/27/2010 4:03:01 PM #

I live in Pleasant Mount, PA, a year ago I joined the CoCorahs reporting program. This is what I do for my community.

Jonathan Terry

10/27/2010 4:15:27 PM #

I keep grandpa safe by paying attention to the weather and checking Weather Defender!


10/27/2010 4:29:18 PM #

My community consists of a 1,000 square mile county with a population of about 100,000 residents in which I have been assigned to coordinate and manage our emergency weather program.  Being assigned to coordinate the efforts of over 14 public safety agencies & private organizations for severe weather spotting & emergency response is a daunting assignment but the implementation of Weather Defender has helped us integrate the preparedness and response activities of our agencies.  Weather Defender has enabled us to coordinate spotting locations, move field personnel to target areas to get ground truth on citizen or radar reports of significant weather events.  It also provides our personnel with an added level of safety with a central coordination point using Weather Defender to advise all personnel of potentially dangerous areas of a storm and repositioning them to safer areas with better strom visibility.  Adding this technology has even increased the interest of our elected leaders who are now more supportive of weather preparedness activities for our citizens and responders.  Without Weather Defender our job in situational awareness, ground truth reporting to NWS, and enhancing early warning capabilities would be severely inhibited.  Weather Defender afforded us the opportunity to build team buy-in from all participants in creating a countywide weather network with a common mission and in a cost-effective manner.  That's how I (we) help defend our community and it wouldn't be as efficient or effective without Weather Defender in our Operations Center.  

Doug Reed

Doug Reed

10/27/2010 4:29:33 PM #

I am a Certified Weather Spotter for the local National Weather Service (NOAA) in Akron, OH.

Anthony Commarata

10/27/2010 4:39:27 PM #

As a member of RACES in Irving, Texas, I need to be prepared for activation of SkyWarn.  I started using your program 2 days before the recent Texas storms.  It was invaluable.  When Dallas and Irving SkyWarns shut down after there storms, I could still see 14 Meso circulations to our south and east.  I now consider Weather Defender my #1 weather related software package and recommend it whenever I speak with others about the weather.

Steve Henderson

10/27/2010 4:51:43 PM #

Although i'm in HS, weather fascinates me. I live in Rosanky/Smithville, TX where the most weather we see is hot and humid. Last year though we had .33" of snow and i told everyone the whole year it would but they didn't believe me, not even my teachers. I am the weatherman at my high school. Everyone asks me what the weather is, people at my church ask me, and i tell them the real truth and the next time they see me, they say i was right because i tell them what is really gonna be. I've been waiting on my Weather Defender for 3 months and although its taken this long, numerous phone calls, weather is still my top priority.

Lane Hirsch

10/27/2010 5:51:30 PM #

I work at our radio station in Redwood Falls, MN. We do non-stop coverage, passing along warnings and storm reports, and take callers observations.

Justin Miller

10/27/2010 6:16:20 PM #

I am a Certified Sky Warn Storm Spotter and involved with amateur radio emergency communications.

Allan W. Russell

10/27/2010 6:54:22 PM #

Hi,  trying to leave a note here, but I keep getting kicked off.  Oh well.  As an official Sky War Storm Spotter, and background in the Amateur Radio Emergency Corp, I am able to advise my family and neighbors of impending weather situations that might effect us.  AND, I think the Weather Defender program is a BIG PLUS for anyone interested in weather safety.  From Mt. Sterling, Kentucky we say Keep up the good work.

Zach Bruce

10/27/2010 8:42:40 PM #

From Ocala Florida, I am a weather defender in my community by me being a trained certified storm spotter and part of our local Skywarn using my amateur radio skills to help when bad weather is around my hometown. I am also trained as a CRET team leader and a First Responder. I use all my skills to help others in times of need.

Mark Hopper

10/27/2010 8:57:28 PM #

With the Weather Defender software I am the go to Weather Guy for the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

Adam Katalak

10/27/2010 9:48:56 PM #

As a Merit Badge counselor for weather, active SKYWARN coordinator, and Assistant EC for ARES for the area, I can appreciate the value of knowing the exact weather conditions.  Obviously it would be a plus for us.

William Chimel

10/27/2010 10:16:41 PM #

I am an Illinois SKYWARN Storm Spotter in Marion, Illinois. I also run Illinois Skywarn which is the largest online community for Illinois Skywarn Spotters to network with each other on.

Shawn Gossman

10/27/2010 11:42:20 PM #

I am a registered skywarn severe storm spotter here in the rio grande valley.i live in harlingen texas which is perfectly situated to encounter severe weather from all points on the compass.i have relied on weather defender for many years and this year was able to use it in our hurricane worked is a powerful and accurate weather forecasting and dectecting tool.i would not trust my life to just any weather program,only the defender bar none.i recomend it to anyone interested in severe weather and where it is going.its up to the minute accurate weather radar and forecasting tools makes this program an elite and singular package that is a must for those interested for the safty of their families,professional occupations and weather enthusiasts.its use in severe thunderstorms can not be want the best then get weather defender!!!

Bernard Koosed

10/27/2010 11:44:51 PM #

I love using Weather Defender!!  I came across Weather Defender this last spring as I had just became a weather spotter and was looking for a good tool to help me track severe weather.  And am I glad I found it! I live in central Minnesota and this year seems like every week we were having at least 3 severe storms....and then came June 17th.  On June 17th the town I live in (Wadena) was hit by an EF-4 tornado, which completely devastated the town.  Our community lost 260 homes, countless businesses, and our high school. But more importantely, NOT ONE person lost their life to this tornado, and I contribute that to having programs like Weather Defender that help the public, weather spotters, and emergency management officials, track and warn people of incoming severe weather.  I cannot count how many times I have used this program to help me with weather spotting.  Thank you for making Weather Defender such a great product!!

- Andrew Wood
  Wadena, MN

Andrew Wood

10/27/2010 11:52:31 PM #

I have used this program and i like it very much.. very useful and handy.. even when you are away from the computer.. you can leave the program running and it updates on its own.. very easy to read and understand

Richard Allen
West Palm Beach, FL

Richard Allen

10/28/2010 12:28:22 AM #

I live in the City of Miami, where heavy thunderstorms are normal every afternoon during the summer also we do worry about Hurricanes, specially now that they are becoming stronger and greater in number due to Global Warming,

It is a useful tool to know the specific activity of upcoming storm cell in the afternoon and of hurricane related activity.

Cesar A. Morales MBA, DHA
Miami, Fl

Cesar Morales

10/28/2010 4:36:30 AM #

I am a Weather Defender because not only am I a Weather Defender user, but I am also a member of The Spotter Network.

Rob Oster

10/28/2010 7:59:08 AM #

My wife and I are both amateur radio operators and serve as SkyWarn spotters. We are also members of the Douglas County Emergency Communications Team. We live in Superior WI.

Stephen Shaner

10/28/2010 8:21:47 AM #

Dustin Campbell Dwight, IL.
I am a Firefighter/Paramedic and my home was hit by a tornado just last spring. I tried to keep my neighbors calm during the storm as we were hunkered down in a basement. This storm really struck without much warning. Now when bad weather is coming our way, I keep a watchful eye to the conditions and tell my neighbors what to expect.  

Dustin Campbell

10/28/2010 10:59:36 AM #

I've been a weather nut for years and I'm studying for my HAM license and weather spotter.

Dave Lane

10/28/2010 11:40:32 AM #

On May 18th, 1980, 8:32 am (PDT)  Mt. St.Helens in Washington State erupted,it also triggered a 5.1 earthquake (a small one by Californa standards). The eruption column rose 80,000 feet into the atmosphere and deposited ash in 11 U.S. states. Although it did not have a significant effect on global climate many valcano's do. I was completing a disaster specialist class at Sacramento State U.. A strong reminder that mother nature sometimes has a bad attitude that we must all take very serious.
Rick Hardin
Eureka, California

Rick Hardin

10/28/2010 11:51:39 AM #

Chad Via  Lima, OH.

I participate in the local Skywarn Nets whenever there is a severe weather warning in Allen or surrounding counties in Ohio.  The local Wal-Mart will also contact me via telephone during severe weather events so they can take the proper precautionary measures with the customers and associates in the store.

Chad Via

10/28/2010 12:17:46 PM #

The best storm tracking radar I have ever used. As the storm spotter for my county, I used this program when I am "on the chase" The images are awesome and the tracking and warning boxes are an amazing tool in keeping me and my area safe. Thanks for creating this program.

Douglas Levy

10/28/2010 11:09:31 PM #

As a student in high school, now in college, I always loved informing everyone of any severe weather event that was going to happen before they headed out to the roads to go home. I was nick named the Finfrock of MHS by my business teacher, which I had the opportunity to use Weather Defender, even thou in a trial mode, to show the development of severe storms that later resulted in a tornado warning for our county. Weather Forecasting & Tracking is a great hobby of mine and I thank the many people that create programs like Weather Defender to help me,help people stay 4Warned.

Arron Janousek

10/29/2010 7:50:16 AM #

I am a relatively new user of Weather Defender and I am already a huge fan! As a resident of a south Florida coastal town being aware of the developing weather is critical when deciding to go to the beach or head out to do some fishing. If you get caught out in severe weather there is no where to hide. I can now give my friends and neighbors a heads up when we have something nasty brewing! I am looking forward to fully understanding what Weather Defender has to offer to best keep our family and friends safe and better informed!

Mark Robinski
Bradenton, Florida

Mark Robinski

10/29/2010 8:40:59 AM #

Didnt' get a chance to try your product out as the trial time ran out before I ever opened it after installing it... Was way too busy with work and such at the time so wasn't able to check it out, however from all the reviews I've read, I believe it to be a great program... I've been an enthusiest for years upon years, basically a backyard weatherman. been forcasting since I was a teenager...

Jeffrey Ford

10/29/2010 9:59:15 AM #

Hi my name is Henry Phippen I live in Markesan WI
   I work for Markesan Emergency Management I'm out in bad weather for my would help me a lot.

Henry Phippen

10/29/2010 12:02:30 PM #

Looks to be a very nice program. Still evaluating and as a spotter would add a great deal of information to assist in spotting operations.

Terry Kortness

10/29/2010 8:17:03 PM #

I do my best to stay up with severe weather and contact my neighbors to update them if there is a warning.  One gentleman lives across the street from me and he has no TV and only listens to some radio. He's at the top of my list and he goes to the basement when I tell him to.

Thanks for your great software!

John Kerr

10/29/2010 8:26:26 PM #

I work at Valencia Community College East Campus as a Security Officer.  I have been working there part time since the first of this year.  My Security Manager and Supervisor(s) have quickly noticed my wx skill and resources with very timely wx info.  I am in progress to improved the weather safety of the East campus.  I would like to have lighting detection system and WD as their radar software to use, as the budget will allow.  

I am known as the wx person in the security team.

Is is a privilege and honor to be recognized and have the title of such.  

Keith Boyer

10/29/2010 10:52:22 PM #

I have been chasing storms since 2006. In those 5 seasons I have seen a half dozen tornadoes and a ton of other cool storms. In addition to chasing, I have been a Skywarn spotter since 2005, submitting reports when and only when necessary. While I am a "weather defender" well beyond my own backyard, I keep an eye to the sky when weather threatens the hometown as well. On May 24th, 2010 my reports helped put a severe thunderstorm warning on a line of storms out in south central South Dakota. This weather station would be extremely valuable to my chasing because when I get one, be it this one or something else, it would be mounted on top of my car giving me real time weather updates, which can be crucial for a successful chase.

Dean Baron

10/30/2010 12:07:50 AM #

Swift products help me defend my home and family by being aware of the surounding weather as it changes

Joseph Steinman

10/30/2010 12:11:19 AM #

Hometown is Lucas TX

Joseph Steinman

10/30/2010 7:58:02 AM #

This is a program i am currently recommending to our management after we had several tornado producing storms swing through our area.This would help with our operations and fleet of vehicles keeping our staff and drivers safe whilst out collecting much needed blood that we provide to the majority of the hospitals here in Virginia.. I have always had a keen interest in the weather and am attending our local SKYWARN training based out of Wakefield AKQ. David Amos, Facilities dept, Richmond VA.

David Amos

10/30/2010 2:34:34 PM #

While I'm a Spotter for St. Louis County and a "Chaser" when time allows, I'm a "Weather Defender" for my business clients as well.  I think most real weather geeks get a phone call from friends and family when concerned about bad weather but I'm a bit different.  I have 250+ clients who know that I'll monitor and alert them to bad weather and that I'm always watching, even when I'm out of town.

One client suffered a stroke and is wheelchair bound.  He does well but being that he and his wife are older, it takes a while to move him.  And, when a severe storm possibly producing a tornado was headed towards their house, I used Weather Defender to plot it's direction and call them before the sirens were sounded; giving them an added 10 minutes of time to get into the basement.  His wife didn't know about the storm's approached, heeded my warning and made it down the stairs with him just as the sirens sounded. If she had waited, the storm would have hit them as they were still on the stairs.

The tornado "hopped" over their house but I still got a wonderful email from his wife thanking me for thinking of them and providing the advanced notice.

My clients know that I use Weather Defender even while I'm working as a Computer Consultant and they'll get a call at the first hint of danger.  I've done this since Weather Defender was released and I still rely on it's accuracy!

Jerry Prsha

10/30/2010 6:09:47 PM #

I am a weather defender in my community because a have made a warning system so that I can warn my community about severe weather that might strike. I have a team of 6 people that spot and chase storms and I want the people around me to be safe from severe weather.

Brian Correll

10/30/2010 10:39:56 PM #

Hey All,
This is the best weather software on the market!!  I purchased Swift in March of 2008, and on that very date we had an F3 tornado just 3 miles west of our small town, Grant, Nebraska.  I have been on the fire department here and therefore been trained in storm spotting since the late 80's and currently attend all Skywarn meetings and classes that I can.  I am no longer on the department but still love weather and have not found a better software that suits my needs anywhere.  All my family members, (from North East Colorado and locally), contact me every  time there is severe weather in our area.  Awsome program!!!

Todd Dudden

10/31/2010 3:38:09 PM #

I live in Rogersville,Mo

Brian Correll

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