GERMANTOWN, Md.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Earth Networks, a leading provider of weather data solutions and analytics today announced it was awarded a multi-year National Mesonet Program Contract in support of the US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as a subcontractor to SGT, Inc.
“They provide a tremendously valuable source of data, including observations from surface and subsurface platforms, vertical profilers, and aircraft, for improving NWS warning and forecast operations.”
The National Mesonet Program Contract fulfills a requirement for purchase of meteorological observational data derived from non-federal observing networks. These observations support the nation's meteorological, hydrologic and related environmental observing capabilities to enable significantly improved prediction of high-impact, local-scale weather events.
“The National Mesonet Program, begun in 2009 with a small number of networks located mostly in the south-central United States, has now grown to more than three dozen networks operated by the states and the private sector, including twenty-thousand observing platforms covering all 50 states,” said Dr. Curtis Marshall, the National Weather Service’s National Mesonet Program Manager. “They provide a tremendously valuable source of data, including observations from surface and subsurface platforms, vertical profilers, and aircraft, for improving NWS warning and forecast operations.”
Earth Networks is a first-tier subcontractor on the program, assisting in the management and performance of the contract including transmission of meteorological information to NOAA and the NWS. In this capacity, the company will work with SGT and other industry-leading commercial subcontractors such as Synoptic Data Corporation, Weather Telematics, WeatherFlow, Sonoma Technology Incorporated, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, and other academic institutions including the University of Oklahoma.
“The National Mesonet Program is a prime example of the magnitude and breadth of weather data that can be cost-effectively leveraged to enhance our nation’s economy and safety from successful collaboration of public, private and academic organizations. We are delighted to utilize our comprehensive weather monitoring networks, data handling capabilities and partnerships to help further develop and advance this important initiative,” said Bill Callahan, Vice President of Federal Programs at Earth Networks.
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