TRENTON — RainWise Inc. has been awarded a contract with the State of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for an online National Fire Danger Rating Weather Station Network System to be funded through federal grants from the USDA Forest Service.
RainWise has been supplying the Maine Forest Service and state Rangers with weather monitoring software for over 20 years, and this relationship has fostered a deep understanding of the goals and challenges facing the agency. RainWise is now developing a state-of-the-art web-based Fire Danger Portal that will offer a complete summary of current conditions at a glance, as well as fire weather predictions on a computer or mobile device.
“Our old system is failing, and we use decades old methodology,” said Bill Hamilton, Chief Forest Ranger and Director of Forest Protection. “RainWise will provide the software, equipment and logistical support to upgrade our current system.”
The Fire Danger Portal’s systems will pull data from the RainWise MK-III weather stations located around the state as well as from other weather stations operated by the National Weather Service.
A pioneer in weather data systems, RainWise celebrated 40 years in manufacturing on June 24.