Weather Underground, Inc. Debuts Zoom Satellite

Weather Underground, Inc. Debuts Zoom Satellite

SAN FRANCISCO — Groundbreaking new feature enables holiday travelers to interactively monitor rain and snow anywhere in the continental U.S.

Weather Underground, Inc. (www.wunderground.com), one of the most popular and comprehensive weather sites in the world, announces the launch of a groundbreaking new feature: Zoom Satellite (http://www.wunderground.com/satellite/vis/1k/US.html). This revolutionary, interactive and free service overlays live satellite and radar imagery to enable visitors to see and control an animated display of the cloud cover and precipitation that is right over their heads or anywhere in the continental U.S. at local, regional and national levels. Zoom Satellite also allows visitors to monitor both current precipitation as well as weather patterns moving into their location or destination. So this holiday season, whether a traveler wants to know if they should allow extra drive time because of rain or fog, or is keeping an eye on snowfall for a day at the local slopes, Weather Underground’s Zoom Satellite is an invaluable tool.

How it works: Zoom Satellite receives radar measurements of precipitation from 127 radar stations in major metropolitan areas across the U.S., as well as satellite images of clouds and storm movements. Zoom Satellite then overlays the radar and satellite images, creating an animated display of precipitation patterns that visitors can then control to view conditions at any location in the U.S.

“Zoom Satellite is a fun and fascinating tool that enables visitors to zoom in from an aerial view of conditions over the entire country to those over their hometown in just a few clicks,” says Alan Steremberg, president of Weather Underground, Inc. “We’re thrilled to be the first company to offer this kind of groundbreaking technology free to the public without requiring downloads or a subscription.”

Weather Underground has earned a reputation for doing just that: offering innovative, user-friendly services free to the public. Recently called “a non-weather geek’s paradise” by the Washington Post, Weather Underground also provides such helpful traveler’s tools as current domestic and international weather conditions, ski and marine conditions and extreme weather alerts. The company also recently launched a Trip Planner, which enables travelers to access weather conditions for over 60,000 domestic and international cities far in advance of travel.

So this holiday season, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Just check Zoom Satellite before you go.

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