Brazil frequently experiences very intense thunderstorms, with lightning strikes concentrated in densely populated southern areas, including São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The resulting floods can trigger lethal, unstopped mudslides. In January 2011, flooding and mudslides killed more than 900 and left thousands throughout the state homeless. One year later, in January 2012, flooding claimed more than 250 lives.
Timely weather alerts are crucial in preventing future tragedies from unfolding. The prevalence of lightning – which is often a precursor to severe weather events – and the need to better track and alert to major storms led to the deployment of the most advanced lightning detection networks in the world: BrasilDAT (Sistema Brasileiro de Detecção de Descargas Atmosféricas), the Brazilian Lightning Detection Network.
Our CEO, Bob Marshall, was down in Brazil on a trade mission, where we announced that WeatherBug – Earth Networks was selected by the state of Rio for alerting to severe weather. While there, severe weather reared its ugly head — luckily our network was up and running, prepared to issue our exclusive Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs) and Spark lightning alerts to keep people safe!
Check out this video Bob sent to us, showing the amount of precipitation falling!:
Be Safe! Know Before™.
The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team