Schools participating in a network of more than 6,000 local weather stations across the country soon might play an important role in helping the government hasten its response in the event of another terrorist attack.

AWS Convergence Technologies Inc. of Gaithersburg, Md., the private company that operates the network, is making its weather data available through a partnership with the National Weather Service. The pact reportedly will bolster the government's ability to protect lives and property.

The agreement, announced Aug. 6, gives the Weather Service access to data being collected


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