Bob Baron who recently incorporated the non-profit Baron Critical Weather Institute, is a longtime resident and philanthropist in the Tennessee Valley. The Barons have contributed to special projects at Burritt Museum (Baron Bluff), Huntsville Botanical Gardens, The Community Foundation, and through the Institute, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
His company, Baron Services, Inc. is in its 29th year and is a pioneer in weather radar, advanced displays and industry leading weather data. Baron is by far the largest weather radar manufacturer in the U.S. and was chosen by the National Weather Service to upgrade all 171 Nexrad to state of the art, dual polarity. Baron also successfully teamed with Boeing to provide 2 dual-use radar for the SBX program.
In 2012, the State of Alabama accepted the Baron Alabama Safety-Net program as an ongoing gift. The program consists of a free alerting app to all state residents (downloaded by over a quarter million) and a georeferenced 2-way communication program provided to each of 68 state EMA’s. Continued advancements in the program will be one of the primary focuses of the Institute.
Baron has brought weather to the cockpit, to the helms of boats, to mobile EMA applications and to millions of automobiles through partnership with XM Satellite Radio and intends to bring this experience to bear on the Baron Critical Weather Institute.