Grand Prairie Independent School District to Host Advanced Weather Detection Platform by Understory

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Five GPISD schools serve as additional deployment sites for revolutionary hyper-local weather stations.

Understory, the developer of the next-generation of weather sensor hardware and hyper-local data networks, continues to expand its platform in the metropolitan Dallas, Texas area. The platform is presently deployed in Kansas City, Missouri, and Metro Boston, Massachusetts as well. The platform consists of patent-pending sensors networked together to feed ground-truth weather data to the Amazon Web Services cloud.

The deployment will include five schools in the Grand Prairie Independent School District. Grand Prairie ISD is the second school district in the metropolitan Dallas area to host Understory’s revolutionary hyper-local weather stations. Understory now offers free sensors and data analytics to area schools as part of their educational program, “Weather Is Cool.” The program is designed to help students better understand the impact of weather-related sciences on their environment and daily lives.

Why ground-truth weather detection?

Founded in 2012, Understory detects rain, hail, wind and other weather events directly at the Earth’s surface, where the risk to life and property is greatest. Texas was selected by Understory as an important deployment area as it is one of the top states for severe weather events. Dallas is one of the cities in the U.S. most prone to severe weather events such as tornados and hailstorms. When augmented with current systems, Understory’s weather stations will help the community prepare for damaging weather.

Traditionally, weather data is collected by analyzing conditions observed in the atmosphere via Doppler radar or satellite. Understory’s ground-truth-based detection is a marked enhancement in both resolution and fidelity, providing real time datasets and graphical views of the movement and intensity of weather events, leading to better insight and early detection of risks.

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“This is a great opportunity for the students at Grand Prairie Independent School District,” stated Mark Steger, New Construction and Special Projects for the district. “We are thrilled to offer our students access to this cutting-edge data so they can better understand our local climate.”

“Weather has a profound impact on the economy. In fact, $485 billion of the U.S. economy fluctuate with the weather,” stated Alex Kubicek, CEO of Understory, Inc. “By hosting our weather sensors, the Grand Prairie Independent School District is playing an important role in the future of weather technology.

About Understory

Founded in 2012, Understory is a weather data company that provides dense surface observations generated by proprietary weather stations with no external moving parts. This composite of granular weather data has applications across a variety of markets, including broadcasting, insurance, agriculture, forecasting, and risk mitigation. The information collected by Understory is analyzed and processed to create real-time datasets, views, and actionable information from historical, current, and forecasted weather events to provide better insight and early detection of risks.

The data applications for Understory's sensors are enormous, as $485 billion of the U.S. economy fluctuates with weather. This new, sensor-enabled big data will impact insurance, agriculture, utilities, and many other industries.

More information on Understory is available at

About Weather Is Cool

Because weather impacts almost everything, Understory is dedicated to providing weather-related educational opportunities for students. Having a weather sensor at a school creates opportunities for students to learn and study weather analytics. The goal is to generate interest and excitement among students about atmospheric sciences and how it impacts daily lives. Interested schools can submit a request online at

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