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Latest Analysis of Hurricane Matthew

by Rory Groves        October 4, 2016  |  8:44 pm  |  Category: Company | Latest News | Tips & Tricks

Overview of Hurricane Matthew

As the first major hurricane to threaten the shores of the United States in more than 10 years, much attention is being paid to the track and potential damage of Hurricane Matthew. Here is some recent analysis using Weather Defender, captured just minutes ago.


Satellite Imagery

Satellite Imagery of Hurricane Matthew

Using 1KM-resolution Infrared Satellite imagery courtesy of GOES-East, we can see clearly the center of Hurricane Matthew just west of Haiti and making landfall in Cuba.


Past Track

Past Track of Hurricane Matthew

By observing the past track of Hurricane Matthew, we can gain a better understanding of its future course and potential impacts. Click on the image for a full-resolution view. The Legend indicates wind speeds, with red > 74 mph, yellow > 58 mph, and blue > 39 mph.


Forecast Track

Forecast Track of Hurricane Matthew

As of Tuesday night, Hurricane Matthew is projected to move along a north-northwesterly track making landfall with the east coast of Florida before it tracks northward into Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia over the next several days. Depending on track, New England states may also be impacted by the weekend.


Watches & Warnings

Active Warnings from Hurricane Matthew

Currently there are numerous Hurricane Watches and Warnings in effect in Cuba, Haiti and nearby Bahamas and Florida coastline. Tropical storm warnings also extend as far away as the Florida keys.


Severe Winds

Severe Winds from Hurricane Matthew

Closeup of Florida Coastline and Hurricane Matthew Track

Depicted is the probability of 58-mph winds. This number is considered "severe", as in equivalent to a severe thunderstorm winds. With hurricanes, however, the damage is much more severe because the duration of a hurricane may last days whereas a severe thunderstorm only minutes. As shown, the greatest chance of severe winds by Hurricane Matthew will be along the Florida coastline on Thursday October 6.


Rainfall Estimates

Projected Rainfall from Hurricane Matthew

In addition to damaging winds, hurricanes bring with them flooding rains and ocean swells. The 72-hour Rainfall Forecast estimates 1-4 inches along the Florida coastline and above 4-inches in Georgia. Potential for more flooding is possible further north as Hurricane Matthew makes moves inland (see below).


Flood Outlook

Flooding outlook from Hurricane Matthew

The flood outlook for the next 5 days from Hurricane Matthew shows a wide swath of affected areas from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to New York, NY.

As with all analyses, conditions are subject to change. Updates are provided continuously through Weather Defender or follow your local media sources for regular updates.


Last Day of National Preparedness Month

by Rory Groves        September 30, 2016  |  12:00 pm  |  Category: Company | Latest News

Weather Defender provides Common Operating PictureToday is the last day of National Preparedness Month. It is also the final day of our promotional offer on Weather Defender.

Sign up for Weather Defender before the day is out and you'll receive a free month of the following benefits:

  • All-seasons Weather Monitoring
  • Nationwide to street-level detail of weather events
  • Hundreds of Geographic and Weather overlays
  • Automatic alerting of any weather element

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September is National Preparedness Month

Together, We Prepare. National Preparedness Month 2016

Stand up and be counted!

How many of the 10 PrepareAthon activities have you completed? Add your emergency preparedness activities to the America’s PrepareAthon! website:

10 Ways to Prepare

Visit READY.GOV/MYPLAN and review the various situations you need to consider when it comes to being prepared. The site is a wealth of great information including printable templates to get your started quickly.


Government Agencies and First Responders to Receive 40 Percent Discount

by Rory Groves        September 21, 2016  |  9:17 am  |  Category: Company | Latest News


In honor of National Preparedness Month this September, SWIFT Weather announced today their company will start offering a 40 percent discount on its award-winning Weather Defender Commercial Edition for federal, state and local government agencies, active and retired U.S. military, first responders and related government agencies. The weather tracking software is user-friendly and feature-rich, providing up-to-the-second data including always-on threat monitoring and real-time weather alerts sent to a desktop, email, or mobile device. The first-of-kind weather alerts software combines remote alerting with first-person visuals – all in one application. Government agencies or first responders can properly prepare by receiving highly accurate forecasts in advance of approaching tornadoes, thunderstorms, blizzards, ice storms, lightning, hurricanes, hailstorms, high winds, heavy precipitation and more. Users benefit from precise, dynamic weather data enabling them to minimize risk, maximize preparedness and optimize the allocation of manpower and resources to a certain geographic location with greater accuracy.

“Weather Defender delivers highly accurate severe weather data directly to government agencies and first responders, giving them the ability to save more lives and property,” said SWIFT Weather CEO Rory Groves. “We’re pleased to offer our Commercial Edition of our weather alerts software to these organizations at a deep discount this September.”

Weather Defender Commercial Edition provides direct access 24/7/365 to an extensive network of radar stations and weather satellites, providing critical, real-time weather alerts and data anywhere in the nation. The customizable Alert Perimeter feature lets the user be the first to know a myriad of approaching threats, well ahead of public weather announcements. Weather Defender can be customized easily and quickly to target specific geographic locations and certain types of weather. Richly defined and highly detailed weather graphics allow for the best preparation or response for impending inclement weather. Additional features include industry and activity-specific weather maps; animated history with time lapse movies of weather activity in the user’s area; GPS integration; GIS import functionality; collaboration; and premium customer support via email, phone, online documentation and tutorial videos.

Weather Defender Commercial Edition normally retails for $1200 per year, but it is available now for $720 per year to qualifying organizations. Visit to purchase or for more information or call 800-960-4586.


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