Perry Weather: A Thor Guard alternative with faster, more reliable lightning detection at a fraction of the cost.

Truly wireless hardware

ThorGuard requires wired internet connection and direct power. Perry Weather outdoor weather stations are wireless, solar/battery powered, and use cellular internet connection.

Precise on-site WBGT measurements

Perry Weather uses on-site commercial-grade WBGT sensors. ThorGuard only measures heat index, resulting in decisions based on outdated protocols.

More accurate and reliable lightning detection

Perry Weather provides accurate, instant alerts with strike info and countdown timers. Notify via mobile or on-site systems with text-to-speech and sirens.

Comparing Perry Weather vs. Thor Guard

Perry Weather
Thor Guard
Outdoor warning system (optional)
On-site weather station (optional)
Text message (SMS), push notifications, and email alerts
Text/email only for lightning
Auto lightning strike timer
Text-to-speech PA functionality
Web Dashboard & Mobile App
On-site WBGT monitor
Mobile alerts for multiple locations, including GPS location
Organization policy breach alerts
24/7 live meteorologist support
Policy alert directives (e.g. “20 mins rest per 1hr activity”)
Automated historical data logging
Mass text staff (e.g. “All outdoor activities cancelled today.”)

“ThorGuard was outdated and had less accurate weather data, so beginning in September, Perry Weather Alerting System took over. The on-site weather station provides real-time, site-specific data. Rather than relying on data generated from the airport, this system provides information relevant to our Providence Day campus.”

– Tammy Stokes, Safety & Security Administrative Manager
Providence Day School

Why choose Perry Weather over Thor Guard

Here are some reasons to choose Perry Weather over Thor Guard:

Dedicated support

The number one reason people cite for loving Perry Weather? Our customer service. Our dedicated support team is here for you via email or phone during normal business hours.

All Perry Weather customers also receive 24/7 meteorologist support via phone, text, or email. So if you have a big event coming up and you’re uncertain of which way the weather will turn, our degreed meteorologists have your back.

Accurate strike information

Perry Weather utilizes the National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN) for lightning detection, a trusted source of lightning data for esteemed organizations like NASA, the US Military, and the FAA.

Upon detecting a lightning strike, Perry Weather quickly processes the details from the NLDN, capturing the exact location, timing, and nature of the strike, and promptly issues warnings via text message or through an outdoor warning system.

Reliability and dependability

Thor Guard’s hardware is often problematic, requiring frequent maintenance and repairs that can be costly in both time and money. In contrast, Perry Weather’s hardware is designed for reliability, featuring minimal moving parts to reduce the risk of damage.

Much lower upfront costs

Thor Guard demands a hefty upfront payment, offering no subscription or budget-friendly options. You have to buy all the hardware just to use their lightning detection system.

Perry Weather allows you to access commercial-grade weather systems and lightning detection at a much lower cost, making it more accessible.

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Perry Weather vs. Thor Guard.
What’s right for me?

Great question! We obviously think we’re pretty great, but here’s an honest comparison:

Both Perry Weather and Thor Guard monitor for lightning strikes in your area. However, there is a distinct difference in the way these two lightning detection platforms work.

To help you decide between Perry Weather and Thor Guard, let’s dive into the details.

All features are accurate at the time of writing, but they may change over time.

Lightning prediction vs. lightning detection

Thor Guard tries to guess when lightning will happen by measuring static electricity in the area with a single sensor.

The problem?

It’s like asking one person to predict the weather for an entire city with just a thermometer. Thor Guard attempts to predict lightning by measuring static electricity. We’ve heard from Thor Guard customers that alerts can be falsely triggered by things as simple as lawn mowers, nearby power lines, or cell phones.

During big storms, we’ve heard that Thor Guard can get so overwhelmed with all the static electricity that it doesn’t even warn us when we need it most.

Perry Weather lightning detection uses the National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN), which is the same lightning data trusted by NASA, US Military, and FAA.

Texas A&M University recently had their Thor Guard system trigger a lightning alert, and kept them under a delay a full 36 minutes too long after the all clear should have been sent out to resume outdoor activites.

Upfront costs vs. subscription options

ThorGuard requires a large upfront investment. There is no subscription or lower cost option available, all hardware must be purchased up front.

Perry Weather offers both up-front purchase options as well as subscription options included in your software subscription at a fraction of the cost, making it much more accessible and budget friendly.

Additionally, if your organization does not require on-site hardware, Thor Guard does not offer a software only subscription.

Weather station connectivity and power sources

A major difference between Thor Guard and Perry Weather hardware is how they’re powered and connected. Thor Guard must be hardwired, resulting in limitations on where you can place the hardware unit. Worse yet, if power goes out during a storm, your Thor Guard unit will too, without a battery backup, leaving you vulnerable when you need it most.

Perry Weather is entirely wireless, powered by battery with solar backup. Perry Weather warning systems and outdoor weather stations are also connected to the internet via cellular, requiring no hardwire connection. If a storm disrupts a local cellular tower, Perry Weather seamlessly switches to the next functioning one without any downtime.

Installation lead times

Perry Weather units are installed in a few weeks, on average, from the date you become a customer. In contrast, Thor Guard customers often have to wait months (we’ve heard up to 6) before your hardware unit can be installed.

Perry Weather also gets you up and running instantly on software, so you’re still covered with lightning detection, policy risks, and more until your hardware units are installed.

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