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Wave of New Tech Firms Targeting Farms as Weather Wars Mount

When surprise hailstorms hit the 6,000 acres Trevor Scherman plants each year with peas, wheat, canola and lentils, his first move isn’t to his truck to assess the damage. These days, it’s to his iPad. Nine mini-weather stations from the …

Radar Data Analysis Pinpoints Precipitation Risk for Vehicle Fatalities

A stormy nation is expected to become even stormier, bringing rain and snow that is known to increase the number of vehicle accidents. The exact degree of increased risk has been the subject of numerous studies, but most of them …

Wall Street Embraces Weather Risk in New Era of Storms, Drought

Every uptick in wind speed along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline is of enormous interest to Mike Eilts. Eilts, senior vice president for weather at DTN, a Minnesota-based analytics firm, knows that an unexpected cold front in Louisiana, nudged southward …

Researchers Warn of Heavy Rain, Droughts in Carolinas

Experts warn the Carolinas will face droughts and deluges in coming years. Scientists, farmers and water managers met in Charlotte this week to explore ways to deal with coming dry weather and the sudden flooding that the experts say will …

Storm Chaser Seeks Weather Forecasting Career

Trent Bosler just remembers the noise. The noise of the hail smacking the ground, the thunder and the 40 mph winds all combining to make a classic super cell. He watched from less than a quarter-mile away as the tornado …

Researcher Speaks to Montana Farmers About Long-Term Weather Predictions

What if decade-long cycles of wet and dry weather could be reliably predicted several years in advance? The economic benefit could be in the billions, said Vikram Mehta, president and executive director of The Center for Research on the Changing …

Storm Chasers Say Their Efforts Help Save Lives

Wichita, Kansas, storm chaser Jim Reed was leaving a Chick-fil-A last week when he was stopped by an elderly couple. “Are you the severe weather man?” one asked, seeing his specially marked chase vehicle. They asked about the coming rain …