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.
Company Growth (employees)
Somerville, US
Size (employees)
15 (est)-11%
Understory was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Somerville, US

Understory Office Locations

Understory has an office in Somerville
Somerville, US (HQ)
28 Dane St

Understory Financials and Metrics

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Founding Date


Total Funding

$11.4 m

Latest funding size

$7.5 m

Time since last funding

almost 2 years


Understory's latest funding round in February 2016 was reported to be $7.5 m. In total, Understory has raised $11.4 m

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