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Early Warning System


Flexible End-to-End System

In 2013, nearly 300 severe weather events caused $192 billion in damages worldwide (source: Aon Benfield). Establishing an early warning system, supported by flexible and robust weather infrastructure, is a top priority for many regions and nations around the world.

Our Early Warning System delivers critical weather and climate information, making it possible to disseminate alerts via multiple connected platforms, such as desktop tools and mobile devices. The system is built on the Earth Networks Early Warning System Framework, where observation data is collected, analyzed and delivered for decision making and action.

This end-to-end system consists of sensors, data, models, alerting and content delivery layers -- enabling accurate, reliable and automated severe weather alerts at a fraction of the cost of traditional weather infrastructure systems.


Surface Observation Data — Integrating real-time Earth Networks sensor data with other weather observation networks utilizing three levels of data quality control processes

Earth Networks Total Lightning Network (ENTLN) — In-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning detection from compact sensors that can be integrated with automated weather stations (AWS)

PulseRadSM — Total lightning-based radar radar-like display for high- resolution severe storm tracking and precipitation estimates

Dangerous Thunderstorm Alert (DTA) — Early warnings of severe weather events in advance of those issued using weather radar-based techniques and technologies

StreamerRT — Real-time decision support tool that enables multi-layer weather monitoring and custom alerting

ENcast — High-resolution, customized weather forecasts for any location within the country

CAP Alerts — WMO-compliant public weather alerting through mobile SMS, email and other platforms


Leap-frog Technology Transfer — Provides immediate establishment of  infrastructure that enables severe storm tracking and broad communication of weather alerts

Capacity Building — Facilitates training and professional development of managers and staff

Cost Effective — Lowers system operating costs and increases ease of use; significantly more value than traditional radar

Transitional Infrastructure — Enables implementation on varying timescales

Sustainability — Comprehensive system built for the long term

PulseRad image of rainfall accumulation over Brazil November 30, 2011

DTA alert, depicted by a purple polygon encompassing the alert area, provides lead times up to 30 minutes before ground-level weather develops