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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.

Acknowledging Disaster

by Emily Belden        January 25, 2010  |  12:14 pm  |  Category: Latest News

When we at SWIFT Weather equipped our latest version of Weather Defender 1.1 with the ability to track natural disasters on a global scale, we had no idea the kind of devastation that would happen just a few months later. As our customers already know, the Ranger Weather Map in Weather Defender 1.1 includes an Earthquakes tracking layer, as shown here:

Unfortunately, we have no way to predict where earthquakes will strike next. All we can do is offer our support after the fact to those who need it most. That is why we have contributed to the American Red Cross Haiti Reflief Fund, and we would encourage anyone who is able to contribute what they can:

Haiti Relief Fund

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:

Fog photo by Daniel Muller - Omaha, NE

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