NEW PARTNERSHIP: CERTAINTEED & HAILSTRIKE

HailStrike is proud to be partnering with CertainTeed®, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company. CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products.

Through CertainTeed®, HailStrike is offering special pricing and products to the exclusive credentialed contractors. These tools will help contractors be more successful as they will have access to the most comprehensive and accurate data available. A wide selection of products have been developed with the user in mind.

CertainTeed® and its affiliates proudly have a staff of more than 5,700 employees and operate more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For five consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2012.

Why don’t we get hail in the winter?

SnowWinterHail is typically formed in the strong upward motion of a thunderstorm, as the updraft physically supports the ice particle as it accretes or gathers ice on its surface. Without the strong updraft which typically does not occur in the winter months, the ice particle simply falls to the ground without growing large enough to become hail.

ASK “METEOR MIKE”

HailStrike is offering an industry first opportunity for people to have direct access to a meteorologist. In this unique forum, users can submit their questions they have always wanted to have answered, and “Meteor Mike” will post the answers to the page.

Dr. Mike Weissbluth is the Chief Scientist at Dynamic Weather Solutions. He has extensive background in meteorology and has been integral in helping keep HailStrike on the leading edge of innovation and data solutions for weather related needs.

Why does radar show nothing happening even though it is snowing hard outside?

SnowingRadar works by particles in the air reflecting the beam back to the source and is a ‘line-of-sight’ technology. If there are mountains between the radar source and the observer, the radar beam has to be tilted upwards at an angle to ‘see’ the observer’s weather. Any weather occurring below this tilted beam will be missed.

This is less important in the summer months because the clouds and storms tend to be taller. In the winter, the satellite infra-red view is far more instructive.

What is a downburst and why can it cause airplanes to crash?

DownburstA downburst is created by an area of significantly rain-cooled air that, after reaching ground level, spreads out in all directions producing strong winds. There may or may not be rain reaching the ground. It is a threat to aviation since it can suddenly change relative air speed of an airplane as it encounters a localized headwinds or tailwinds, suddenly increasing or decreasing lift.