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HURRICANE ANDREW: 10 DAYS OF WEATHER WE'LL NEVER FORGET

 HURRICANE ANDREW: 10 DAYS OF WEATHER WE'LL NEVER FORGET
 WICHITA, Kan., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- When a Hurricane Andrew is


approaching, businesses and the media demand accurate, precise weather information. And, when specific details are important for decision- making, corporations often turn to a commercial weather company located in the heart of the country -- WeatherData Inc.
 While Hurricane Andrew was making its mark as the most destructive storm ever, a Pacific Hurricane was also affecting United States weather, and record snows were falling in the Rockies. Both high and low record temperatures were being announced across the country.
 During the past 10 days, WeatherData has broken some of its own records to supply the company's clients with the details they needed...fast.
 J.D. Cale, of Santa Fe Railroad Co.'s Central Region in Albuquerque, N.M., is one of WeatherData's satisfied clients. "Their bad weather warnings always seem to arrive at just the right time," he said.
 Predicting The Eve Of The Hurricane
 For Its Media Clients -- As Andrew bore down on Florida, WeatherData assisted the Miami Herald in planning its operations and informing its readers about the storm. More than 12 hours before the storm made landfall, WeatherData told The Herald the eye would pass "just south of Miami" which was exactly correct. The company also predicted that Andrew would be extraordinarily strong and would cause severe damage.
 As Andrew progressed across the Gulf, WeatherData's warnings focused on central Louisiana, with the New Iberia area expected to be at the center of the storm. The time of arrival, 4 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, was exactly as forecast by WeatherData on Tuesday, Aug. 25 -- prompting the editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune to call WeatherData's forecasts "steady and correct."
 For its Railroad Clients -- Sunday evening, Aug. 23, while the storm was still 6 hours from striking Miami, WeatherData alerted its railroad clients that the storm would move into the Gulf and threaten Louisiana or the extreme southeast Texas coast and that the most likely time for landfall would be Tuesday night, Aug. 25, or Wednesday morning, Aug. 26.
 For its Construction Company Clients -- Two hours before Andrew struck Florida, WeatherData told its nationwide construction company clients that Andrew had the potential to be the most costly storm in the history of the United States.
 For its Pipeline Company Clients -- While at least three other pipeline companies based in Houston evacuated their operations employees from the Houston area, WeatherData's client -- Transwestern Pipeline Co. -- did not evacuate. WeatherData had told them that Houston was not threatened, thus saving many thousands of dollars. Transwestern praised WeatherData's service as "perfect and professional."
 Keeping Other Weather Reports On-Track
 Although Andrew was serious business for weather forecasting, other clients across the country also received WeatherData's attention during these eventful weather weeks. The remains of Pacific Hurricane Lester caused heavy rains in the Southwest and Rockies -- requiring special alerts for a variety of commercial clients.
 For the Railroads -- On Monday, Aug. 24, WeatherData issued a heavy rain warning for the Southern Pacific between Pueblo and Salida, Colo. The railroad's inspectors found a mudslide blocking the track.
 For the News Media -- WeatherData provided dozens of interviews and special graphics to its news media clients throughout the Nation, not only on Andrew, but on the unusual summertime and August weather.
 Setting New Records on Tornado Warnings
 Another Milestone -- On Sept. 2, WeatherData recorded another significant milestone. The company detected a tornado wind pattern forming near the town of Lexington, Okla., just south of Norman, Okla. -- and reported it to the Santa Fe Railroad at 6:01 p.m., a full 13 minutes before it touched down at 6:14 p.m. as a tornado.
 "We were pleased to be able to use the government's new NEXRAD weather radar system as we spotted this tornado," Smith said. "It enabled us to see the wind pattern and combine it with our proprietary tornado analysis computer software to determine that there was a good chance of a moderate intensity tornado."
 A Santa Fe train had just passed through the area and was south of the location where the tornado crossed the track. The Santa Fe reported losing a signaling system in the storm, and their Southern Region Operations Manager Ron Jackson said they were "very pleased with the warning service provided by WeatherData."
 A Sense of Accomplishment
 Smith said the most rewarding part of providing commercial weather services is the knowledge that the company is helping to save money and save lives for the clients it serves. "In the past couple of weeks, our employees can say they have clearly accomplished both of these important jobs, and they are justifiably proud of their efforts," he said.
 WeatherData, was founded in 1981. Among the company's commercial clients are such prestigious names as: The Los Angeles Times, The Detroit News, Boeing, Beech Aircraft Corp., Continental Baking Co., Kansas City Power & Light Co., Cessna Aircraft Corp. and more than 60 others -- including various publications, radio and television stations.
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