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Early Warning System for National Meteorological Services

Earth Networks Early Warning system (EWS) is a structured program designed to strengthen limited weather infrastructures and reduce the impact of weather-related hazards on communities and economies. The innovative program is offered at a moderate cost with limited required infrastructure:

  • End-to-end meteorological early warning technology
  • NMS modernization and capacity building
  • Strengthening of national adaptive capacity
  • Long-term sustainability planning and implementation 

Foundational Technology for Early Warning and Capacity Building

The Early Warning System (EWS) is an end-to-end system for weather monitoring, nowcasting and early warning of severe weather, including high winds, floods and drought conditions, delivered via desktop computers, internet and mobile. The EWS utilizes a cost-effective integrated approach, ensuring timely and accurate delivery of warnings and forecast information at a fraction of the cost of radar.

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Data from the Earth Networks Total Lightning Network powers automated Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts and PulseRad for radar-like visibility to highlight areas threatened by extreme conditions. Additionally, real-time lightning and surface weather data is used in ENcast, the forecasting product providing detailed high quality forecasts.

Case Study: Guinea Early Warning System

In 2013, a public-private partnership between Direction Nationale de la Meteorologie (NMS of Guinea, West Africa) and Earth Networks has paved the way for the first-ever operation of a comprehensive technologically advanced early warning system for monitoring and alerting to severe weather in a Least Developed Country (LDC). Learn more about the Guinea Early Warning System on our project page.

"Within a few weeks, it has become possible to actively track thunderstorms, monitor precipitation and issue alerts to severe weather across the country by utilizing innovative technology and the country's existing cell tower infrastructure. Deployment and initial maintenance of traditional radar in a country like Guinea would require upwards of 10 million U.S. dollars which makes the new technology from Earth Networks a viable and exciting alternative for developing countries."

~Dr. Mamadou Lamine Bah
Director DNM and President of Regional Association for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

10/16/13; 1700 UTC:  PulseRad image showing strong storms approaching the coastal cities in northwest Basse Guinea causing heavy rains and high lightning frequency rates.

09/23/13; 2000 UTC: The Guinea Total Lightning Network tracked strong thunderstorms moving west and southwest.  Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (purple polygons) were issued as lightning rates peaked between 40 and 100 strikes per min.