Vaisala Continues to Provide Lightning Data to U.S. National Weather Service

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The National Weather Service (NWS) has chosen Vaisala Group as its supplier of lightning information for a contract term of five years. The contract includes VaisalaÂ?s U.S. National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN), the leading lightning information system tracking cloud-to-ground lightning activity across the continental United States.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has chosen Vaisala Group as its supplier of lightning information for a contract term of five years. The contract includes Vaisala’s U.S. National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN), the leading lightning information system tracking cloud-to-ground lightning activity across the continental United States. New services for NWS include additional coverage over regions with exceptional weather phenomena and cloud lightning detection in critical areas for improving nowcasting.

“We’re pleased that our long-term customer, NWS, has chosen Vaisala’s NLDN,” commented Pekka Ketonen, President and CEO of the Vaisala Group. “In our partnership with NWS, Vaisala will provide the most innovative and reliable solutions in lightning detection. I am confident that what we achieve together will support NWS’s mission of protecting life and property.”

The NWS, a line office of the U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure, which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community.

The Vaisala Group is an international technology company that develops and manufactures electronic measurement systems and equipment for meteorology, environmental sciences, traffic safety and industry. Vaisala employs over 1,000 professionals and achieved net sales of EUR 180.6 million in 2004. In 2004, exports outside Finland accounted for 97% of net sales. Vaisala's A-series shares are listed on the Helsinki Exchange (HEX).

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Scott Sternberg

520-806-7300

scott.sternberg@vaisala.com

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