World Class Weather Instrumentation Supporting Economic Development, Public Safety, and Educational Outreach

Meteorological Experience and Leadership

Baron Critical Weather Institute is a non­profit, stand alone Institute inspired by 30 years of Baron Weather innovation in applied meteorology.

Guiding the Institute’s development is a distinguished Science Council comprised of executives and scientists from business, government, research and educational institutions.

Unique Opportunity for Research and Development

The Tennessee Valley and the State of Alabama uniquely experiences a broad range of weather events and contains terrain that extends from subtropical seashores to mountains along with navigable waterways, seaways, highways and airways.

Additionally, Alabama is home to numerous manufacturing powerhouses who produce transportation related products, including automobiles, boats, railcars, and aircraft.

The Tennessee Valley and the State of Alabama are positioned for economic development through a focus on Transportation Weather.

The Baron Critical Weather Institute’s efforts to develop, coordinate, and support world class instrumentation across the State will provide building blocks for major weather Research and Development, particularly in transportation.

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Economic Development

The institute is focused on the unique weather and safety challenges of the transportation industry. The first goal is to create a comprehensive state-wide weather observation network including road, river and atmospheric conditions designed to enhance safety and increase business efficiencies. Harnessing the power of Alabama’s strengths in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), the new Critical Weather Institute will focus on accelerating the growth of science and technology as it is applied to the transportation industry’s unique needs.

Public Safety

Plans are underway for the Baron Critical Weather Institute to expand Alabama Safety-Net, the weather alerting service donated to the State in 2012 by Baron’s commercial firm Baron Services, Inc. Alabama Safety-Net allows residents to receive highly location-specific weather alerts, free of charge, from the National Weather Service, Baron patented technology, and each Emergency Management Agency statewide.

Educational Outreach

The Institute will develop strategies for educational outreach which will include work with student scientists with a goal of a fuller understanding of how weather instrumentation contributes to our knowledge of the weather. Preparations are underway for a permanent location for the Institute.

PO Box 2165 | Huntsville, AL 35804 | 256-808-5085