Understory—named for the area in a rainforest beneath the forest canopy—detects rain, hail, wind and other weather events directly at the earth’s surface, where the risk to life and property is greatest. While traditional, radar-enabled weather centers collect data by analyzing conditions observed in the atmosphere, 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, which leads to 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, broadcast, and many other industries.
Somerville, US
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Understory Locations

Somerville, US

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Understory Summary

Founding Date


Total Funding

$9.47 M

Latest funding size

$7.5 M

Time since last funding

9 months


True Ventures, RRE Ventures, SK Ventures, CSA Partners LLC, Monsanto Growth Ventures, 4490 Ventures, True Ventures, RRE Ventures, SK Ventures, VTF Capital (fka VegasTechFund)

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