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The 7 Key Attributes of Advanced Storm Tracking

At this very moment, 1,800 thunderstorms are occurring around the world. Within each one, multiple threats are lurking. Some of these threats may remain unnoticed until the moment they strike - damaging homes, destroying property and claiming the lives of those in their path. Severe weather affects everyone. However, with modern weather intelligence technology like advanced storm tracking, it is possible to be more prepared for notable weather events, even ones that seemingly emerge from nowhere.

Advanced storm tracking technology analyzes complicated weather behavior and present it in an easy-to-understand format to users. The aim of this technology is to deliver life-saving weather intelligence to people everywhere during dangerous weather situations. A number of unique attributes make this technology more advanced, and therefore more effective than standard weather forecasting and tracking products.

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Baron (a leader in critical weather intelligence) has been a pioneer in severe weather detection and storm tracking for over two decades. Baron original storm tracking technology, developed in the late 1990’s, was a simple drag and drop function based on the storm parameters known by the operator. Automated tracking soon followed along with a new angle for automatically identifying the most severe location in a storm. Rather than tracking the storm’s center, Baron advanced algorithms identify and follow specific threats throughout a storm’s expanse. Not exclusively tracking the storm’s center enables the technology to calculate precise threat arrival times, rank potential tornado probability, and alert people in harm’s way. There are also seven other key attributes that make Baron storm tracking so advanced.

1. Accessibility

Any industry or individual with an immediate need for weather awareness can utilize and benefit from advanced storm tracking technology like that of Baron. No in-depth knowledge of weather forecasting or algorithms is required. Baron algorithms, for example, remove the need to analyze complex information on the user side.
All data for advanced storm tracking comes pre-analyzed and interpreted, so users of the technology can have the situational awareness they need to make tough decisions when lives and assets are on the line. Farmers can protect their crops, pilots can stay up-to-date on potentially hazardous flight conditions, and public safety officials can make sure the communities they serve have more time to act when weather is imminent, all without having to worry about the advanced science and math behind the technology.

2. Time and place specific

Knowing not only how, but also when a community will face devastating weather can make a measurable difference in preventing damage. For example, in Baron technology, each individual storm track contains data that precisely determines which areas will be affected by a threat, including a list of estimated arrival times. The technology allows users to predict, down to a neighborhood level, when a storm will make its biggest impact.

3. Threat-specific tracking

StormCellIDandTrackingWithin a single storm, multiple threats may require immediate attention and necessitate advanced tracking techniques. Advanced storm tracking technologies often concentrate on identifying specific dangers—hail, high winds, flooding and potential tornadoes—and then determine their locations and magnitudes. Baron Storm Tracking, in fact, pinpoints all individual threats at once, and then tracks them up to one hour into the future. Other storm tracking methods may focus on following the middle of the storm. This method doesn’t yield the best results because the center of the storm could be less dangerous, while the more serious threats may make their way into communities without proper warning.

4. Tornadic potential

201502 BTI index 1Potential tornadoes can be identified sooner with some of the advanced storm tracking technology’s severe weather algorithms. For example, the Baron Tornado Index (BTI) fuses together real-time data from radars and atmospheric conditions present in and ahead of a storm to generate the likelihood of tornadic activity. Results are updated in real-time and presented on an easy-to-read scale of 1-10—the higher the value, the greater the probability. Additionally, Baron algorithms monitor and track rotating winds in the atmosphere along with other parameters to mark the location where tornadic development is most likely to occur.

5. Usability

In many cases, weather tracking calls for the evaluation of several data products at once to generate a comprehensive picture of a storm. This kind of procedure demands more attention to multiple things than many people can give while remaining lucid and aware of their situation. To rectify this issue, advanced storm tracking technologies do much of this work and evaluation ahead of time. For example, Baron automatically complete much of the detailed analysis so users can focus on what matters most—staying alert of the greatest dangers and then communicating that information to all relevant parties. Every data point and visual cue in Baron Storm Tracks is self-explanatory, and locations of hail, high wind shear, and more are pre-interpreted. This kind of technology provides more insight into difficult storms faster, giving users the confidence they need to make mission-critical decisions.

6. Continual analysis

Data analysis in advanced storm tracking happens in real-time and information is updated continuously. By sampling lower-elevation radar scans and gathering information before the entire scan is complete, accurate and actionable intelligence can be relayed back to the user faster than with other methods. The technology quickly identifies embedded dangers within a storm that can be hard to diagnose and gives frequent updates on its speed, path, and arrival time. It provides the most up-to-date information sooner, giving those in the path of a storm more time to act. Building on these technologies, Baron continues to refine their storm tracking solutions with newer more timely capabilities just released this year from new Baron intelligent processing that delivers faster detection and more accurate location of the critical part of the storm.

7. Site-specific alerts

weather alert tornadoMuch of the advanced storm tracking technology around today existed almost 10 years before iPhones were introduced. Now that smart phones are ubiquitous, this advanced storm tracking can deliver site-specific, life-saving alerts to warn subscribers in threatened areas. The Baron system, for example, determines speed, wind direction, shear, and more, and then using this collected data, automatically deciphers areas of a storm requiring advanced notifications and alerts everyone in harm’s way. Every geo-specific alert is targeted, so users of the Baron app will only receive a push notification if they are within the specified threat range.

Critical Weather Intelligence for everyone.

For decades, companies like Baron have been redefining storm tracking technology, taking it to new levels of precision. They have made it their mission to ensure the safety and livelihood of everyone with a need for severe weather intelligence, and continue to build upon their technology to ensure everyone has access to the critical weather intelligence they need to help their decision making.