|[April 07, 2014]
Little League and WeatherBug Launch iOS and Android App to Promote Lightning and Weather Safety
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. & GERMANTOWN, Md. --(Business Wire)--
Little League® Baseball and Softball, the world's largest
youth sports organization, and WeatherBug (News - Alert), the brand millions trust to
Know Before™ severe weather strikes, are launching Little League
WeatherBug, a new mobile weather app providing coaches,
managers, parents, family and friends of Little League with real-time
weather, severe weather alerts, and personalized lightning detection to
help stay safer during practice and ballgames this season.
Little League(R) Baseball and Softball and WeatherBug teamed up to launch the Little League WeatherBug mobile app for iOS and Android (News - Alert). Photo Credit: Little League Baseball, Incorporated.
Little League® WeatherBug is available for download on both Google
Play and the iTunes
App Store for free. Watch the new short video about lightning and
weather safety and see the app in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NEHtSxybos
This spring, millions of Little League players, ages 4 through 18, will
converge on baseball diamonds and softball fields to play the sport they
love. Keeping the children safe on the field is paramount for Little
League. Being able to help protect them from severe weather - especially
dangerous lightning - is a big concern. Little League's partnership with
WeatherBug allows the ability to offer early warnings to lightning and
weather, pinpoint forecasts, highlight heat index information, and show
current conditions to help alleviate some of these concerns caused by
"Since the first Little League game was played in 1939, the safety of
the players, on the field and off, has been at the core of our
organization," said StephenD. Keener, Little League President and CEO.
"As we celebrate our 75th Anniversary, we are pleased to
partner with WeatherBug as our preferred weather provider, both at
Little League International and at local Little League fields across the
country. We hope all coaches, parents, friends and alumni can use the
Little League WeatherBug app to better ensure safety during severe or
extreme weather conditions."
The Little League WeatherBug app provides several unique features to
keep you informed and alerted via Android phones and tablets, iPhones
Spark Lightning Detection: Powered by the world's largest
lightning network, WeatherBug's exclusive Spark tool delivers
personalized minute-by-minute, mile-by-mile lightning strike
information so players can stay safer. Spark uses real-time lightning
strike information from WeatherBug and your device's GPS location to
provide color-coded warnings for lightning danger near you at that
moment and other places - like the field where the game will be played.
Faster Severe Weather Alerts: Get watches and warnings issued
by the National Weather Service (NWS), plus exclusive Dangerous
Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs). Powered by breakthrough technology and
live lightning data from the largest network in the world, DTAs can
provide warnings of thunderstorms and other severe weather 50 percent
faster, on average, than other apps.
Live Local Weather and Weather Cameras: WeatherBug's exclusive
local weather stations at schools, stadiums, and buildings, as well as
NWS weather stations and other networks, deliver the weather data you
need, when you need it. Real-time data from this dense network provide
forecasts that are 25% more accurate. Plus, you can access
WeatherBug's exclusive camera network from your area and around the
country to see weather both near and far.
Early user reviews are positive: "Love the fact that Little League cares
about safety enough to enlist a special weather app like Weatherbug.
Love the lightning feature" (from an iOS customer on April 3, 2014).
"We're deeply honored to partner with Little League on this new weather
app," says Bob Marshall, CEO of Earth Networks, the parent company of
WeatherBug. "We are 100% committed to keeping children safer from severe
weather and lightning, and it is our hope that the Little League
WeatherBug app will ensure Little League coaches, managers, parents and
families have the information they need to make better game-day
decisions about weather safety."
Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world's largest
organized youth sports program, with 2.4 million players and one million
adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 other countries.
In 2014, Little League is celebrating its 75th Anniversary of
developing major league people. For more information, visit LittleLeague.org,
or follow the Little League on Facebook (News - Alert) (facebook.com/LittleLeague)
or Twitter (News - Alert) (twitter.com/LittleLeague).
Celebrate Little League's 75th Anniversary online at LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com,
official hashtag: #LittleLeague75.
About Earth Networks - WeatherBug
For 20 years, we have been Taking the Pulse (News - Alert) of the Planet®
using the world's largest weather and climate networks. Our sensors
across the planet keep consumers, businesses, and governments informed,
updated and alerted. Our popular WeatherBug®
apps and website provide neighborhood-level weather, superior forecasts
and advanced severe weather alerts to more than 30 million people
monthly. Enterprises such as schools, airports, professional sports
teams, utilities and government agencies rely on our Early Warning
Solutions to safeguard lives, prepare for weather events, and optimize
operations. Know Before™. Learn more at www.earthnetworks.com.
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