For Immediate Release


StormStudy chosen to provide weather support for
Duke Children's Classic.


John Van Pelt
The StormStudy Project

RALEIGH, NC (March 14, 2002) -- StormStudy has been invited to provide weather support for the 2002 Duke Children's Classic in Durham, N.C. for the second year. This yearly event, scheduled for May 17-19th, brings celebrities from all over the country to play golf & tennis and perform for the public with proceeds benefitting Duke Children's Hospital.

In the weather support capacity, StormStudy will provide constant onsite monitoring of weather conditions that may affect the weekend activities, including thunderstorms that could pose a threat to competitors and spectators alike. With onboard wireless internet connectivity provided by Verizon Wireless Mobile IP Packet Data Services, StormStudy will monitor live National Weather Service Nexrad radar, NOAA satellite imagery and lightning strike data as needed. The StormStudy Mobile WeatherCenter is also equipped with onboard realtime lightning detection equipment which will supplement the internet data. Communications through amateur radio, business band radio and cellular will allow quick relay of important information to event staff so they can quickly make safety related decisions.

Visitors to the event will be able to see the latest radar imagery, plus current conditions from the onboard Davis Instruments Vantage Pro weather station on monitors outside the Mobile WeatherCenter and will be able to learn more about severe weather threats and pick up severe weather literature inside.

The StormStudy Project is a severe weather education effort created in the public interest. Based in Raleigh, StormStudy provides Central North Carolina residents with educational opportunities throughout the year and issues mobile weather warnings and tips during severe weather events. StormStudy also provides weather support for a wide range of public events.