Graton CA, USA – Launch of Xweather, first of its kind global extreme weather app for iPhones and iPads. Between 2010 and 2011 more than 42 million people were displaced by extreme weather in Asia alone.
In the U.S., 80% of Americans have been impacted by extreme weather in the past three years. The fall floods in Thailand cost more than $15 billion in insured losses, and much more in uninsured losses.
The “snowpocalypse” in the Northeast and raging fires in Texas were just two of more than a dozen extreme weather events in the U.S. in 2011 with damages exceeding $1 billion.
In many places “extreme” weather is becoming the new normal. With the launch of Xweather, the innovators at eLoomn are providing the first dynamic and graphically engaging multimedia tool for putting extreme weather events in context.
Other weather and climate apps help users check conditions in specific locations or provide warnings and updates on local hazardous weather conditions, but Xweather is the only app that provides near real-time updates on extreme weather events around the world, including hurricanes, cyclones and other severe storm events, floods, volcanic eruptions and dust storms. Users get the big picture.
“We want to help people see and explore what’s happening in the world that they’re not hearing about,” says Dr. Rich Walker, Xweather co-creator.
“The world is increasingly interconnected. The impacts of extreme weather events that cause social, economic and environmental upheavals in one community or country are quickly felt in another, and another. People need more tools to help them understand and manage these ever-changing conditions.”
Users can quickly get a bird’s eye perspective on extreme weather across the globe, focus in on specific regions, tap on any event pin to access a detail page with stunning NASA satellite images, or search nearby to discover what has been happening in their own backyards.
In addition to current extreme weather, users can also access Xweather’s growing historical archive to explore events that have occurred around the world in the past two record-setting years.
Xweather 1.0 sets the foundation to make critical connections between extreme weather and other world events – famines, water scarcity, economic downturns, political instability, to name a few.
A number of future updates for Xweather are already in the works, including record-setting high and low temperatures, with layers or “skins” of global population density, location of megacities, climate change vulnerability indexes, and more.
The Xweather Facebook page provides the latest news on extreme weather events and how they interact with climate change. Xweather fans can upload their own photos and videos of extreme weather and share their experiences.
Users can follow Xweather on Twitter (@XWeather) to share feedback, request new features, and be the first to know when updates are released.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 25.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Xweather 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Weather category.
eLoomn is the brainchild of three individuals with over 70 years combined experience in environmental issues. Expertise includes information visualization, helping businesses along the path to sustainability, environmental monitoring, state land and forest fire management.
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