There is no doubt weather and climate disasters that impact the United States are increasing in both frequency and cost. Earlier this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the report, Assessing the U.S. Climate in 2018 to provide data to government, business, academic, and public entities.
The report focused on 14 separate weather and climate disasters that resulted in losses over a billion dollars and it included some staggering facts:
- Growing disaster costs – there were 14 weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding $1 billion in 2018. This was the eighth consecutive year with eight or more billion dollar disasters. The 14 disasters totaled over $91 billion in damages combined.
- Loss of life – the 14 billion dollar events consisting of cyclones, wildfires, and severe storms such as tornados or winter storms claimed at least 247 lives and injured many more. We know from news reports that these were a mix of both citizens and first responders.
- Record-setting wildfires – this was the second consecutive year in which a new record was set for national wildfires losses. Two large and devastating wildfires impacted California, resulting in over 90 fatalities and the loss of more than 20,000 structures. One of them was the most destructive and deadliest wildfire on record in California and in the U.S. since 1918.
- Precipitation extremes – this was the sixth consecutive year with a nationally averaged precipitation total greater than the 20th century average. Most precipitation fell east of the Rockies with nine eastern states experiencing their wettest year on record. At the same time, drought was persistent across much of the American Southwest.
These facts demonstrate the need for more modern and innovative weather and climate radar. This is exactly why StormQuant is dedicated to the creation and use of technology to predict weather patterns, prevent its adverse effects, while helping protect people and the environment from harm.
Our proprietary breakthrough radar technology:
- Tracks increasingly destructive and unpredictable weather patterns
- Modernizes nationwide weather data collection with IoT radar technology
- Identifies non-meteorological events (smoke plumes, airborne debris, etc.)
- Utilizes AI and ML to improve the speed and accuracy of weather prediction
- Provides vital data to industries and enterprises who rely on the weather
- Revolutionizes meteorology and climate research with new data
With over a century of combined radar, antenna, satellite expertise and some of the best big data experts in the industry, StormQuant is modernizing radar technology as we know it.
If you would like to learn more about StormQuant or if you are interested in joining the team, we welcome you to visit www.stormquant.com.