STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Sept. 14, 2015 — AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced that the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS), a division of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has signed a licensing agreement that grants NWS the right to use two of AccuWeather's unique technology patents.
AccuWeather's unique patented technologies help to geographically pinpoint observed weather conditions and other observed events. These technologies allow for information on the events to be delivered to individuals through the use of mobile devices. This capability for providing forecasts and warnings on hazardous weather conditions will be utilized in collaboration with the NWS.
"The National Weather Service and AccuWeather have worked closely together to ensure the safety of businesses and individuals across the United States, helping citizens to become better prepared for severe weather," said Barry Lee Myers, CEO of AccuWeather. "We are proud to be at the forefront of this ground-breaking government and weather industry partnership and thank our colleagues at the NWS for their diligence and dedication, joining together to bring the advantage of AccuWeather's proprietary technologies forward to improve people's lives."
Myers added, "The license value of AccuWeather's technology patents is worth upwards of seven figures per license, but AccuWeather provided this license to the NWS at no cost, as a public service."
Barry Lee Myers is the leading expert in enhanced cooperation between government and the weather industry. Since 1990, he has been a member of the Board of Directors and the Chief Government Relations Officer of the American Weather and Climate Industry Association, the weather industry's trade association. He also has served as advisor to four separate directors of the U.S. National Weather Service.
"This is a wonderful step forward in terms of cooperative efforts to help protect and inform people and businesses throughout the United States," said Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder, President, and Chairman of AccuWeather. "A strong relationship between the NWS and AccuWeather ensures greater availability of the most detailed and accurate severe weather information possible, protecting the lives and property of enterprises and individuals throughout the country."
Dr. Myers is widely recognized as "the father of commercial meteorology" and the man who transformed weather into an industry. Dr. Myers is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and has been called upon to appear as a weather expert before the U.S. Congress.
As one of the first and most noted Weather Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassadors, AccuWeather has promoted NWS' message of severe weather readiness to its national and global audience.
About AccuWeather, Inc. and AccuWeather.com
Every day over 1.5 billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly and Minute by Minute™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smart phones, tablets, free wired and mobile Internet sites via AccuWeather.com, connected TVs, and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, newspapers and the new AccuWeather Network cable channel. Established in 1962 by Founder, President, and Chairman Dr. Joel N. Myers – a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs – AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites. AccuWeather's CEO, Barry Lee Myers, is an award winning leader in global weather information issues and one of the world's most recognized advocates for cooperative relationships between government weather agencies and the weather industry. He is a leader in the digital weather information space.
Visit www.AccuWeather.com for additional information.