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17
NOV

Global Weather Corporation Launches the 2017-18 Winter Season Weekend Road Conditions PreviewTM

Weekend Road Conditions Preview™ Launched by Global Weather Corporation in the United States of America and European Region
Weekend Road Conditions Preview Launched by Global Weather Corporation


Road conditions preview for North America and Europe now available as a free subscription. Click Here to subscribe

BOULDER – November 17, 2017 – Global Weather Corporation® (GWC), the global leader in accurate weather forecasts, is resuming its free subscription program this week providing email previews of the upcoming weekend road conditions on all major roadways in both North America and Europe. A similar program last winter proved extremely popular. The Weekend Road Conditions Preview is available by request from GWC by clicking HERE.

The program provides a snapshot preview of the changing road surface conditions throughout the weekend in North America and Europe.Almost 1 in 4 vehicle crashes in the U.S. occur during poor weather conditions that impact roadsurfaces, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's website.1

That number is even higher for Europe, where fully 30% of accidents involve poor road conditions. Those crashes have a significant economic and personal impact, estimated to be at least $22 billion in the U.S. every year and 18 billion in Europe.2

Preview Based on RoadWX Technology

The Weekend Road Conditions Preview illustrates the more comprehensive RoadWX® forecast service available to GWC customers. The company's proprietary RoadWX technology forecasts road surface conditions (dry, wet, slush, snow/ice) at road increments of 1 km or less, and also provides the corresponding atmospheric weather forecasts. This service delivers national, regional or by-route forecasts updated as often as every five minutes, enabling subscribers to quickly identify potentially hazardous stretches of road.

"The demand for accurate road condition forecasts delivered in-vehicle is growing rapidly, given the trend toward connected and ultimately semi-autonomous vehicles" noted GWC chief executive officer Mark Flolid. "Providing accurate forecasts of the road surface conditions is an important step to reducing the cost of weather-related accidents and delays."

World's Most Accurate Global Forecasts

ForecastWatch, an independent evaluator company, has identified GWC as the overall most accurate major weather provider (www.bit.ly/1HHncFd). GWC's forecast services are available for any location in the world. "Our R&D relationship with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), coupled with technology developed by GWC, allows us to reliably assess and forecast local weather conditions throughout the world," stated Flolid. "With so much of our global economy depending on the ability to react quickly to changing weather conditions, it's a critical service."

About Global Weather Corporation

To serve a world connected by information, GWC is transforming how weather forecasts are created, delivered, and used. GWC's artificial intelligence systems process the world's best weather data into the forecasts. GWC customers are large and small companies globally; we improve how they serve their customers, and make their operations more effective. For further information, visit www.globalweathercorp.com.

1 FHWA Road Weather Management Program website, statistics for the period 2005-2014 available at https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/weather/q1_roadimpact.htm

2 U.S. Highway Crashes in Adverse Road Weather Conditions, U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration, 2006 and 2015, and “The Total Cost of Weather-Related Road Deaths in Europe” by Graham Cookson, Chief Economist, EMEA 2016

12
OCT

Weather-company Chief is Trump's Pick to Lead Climate Agency

Barry Myers would bring private weather-forecasting experience to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Weather-company chief is Trump's pick to lead climate agency

Published by Nature - October 12, 2017 - By Jeff Tollefson

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12
SEP

What Could We Lose if a NASA Climate Mission Goes Dark?

Researchers are racing to replace the pioneering Grace satellites, which are threatened by both dying batteries and Trump-era budget cuts.

What Could We Lose if a NASA Climate Mission Goes Dark?

Published by The New York Times Magazine - September 12, 2017 - By John Gertner

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1
SEP

Weather forecasts aren't perfect, but they're getting there

A new report says we're getting better at taking the Earth's temperature.

Weather forecasts aren't perfect, but they're getting there
Published by Popular Science - September 1, 2017 - By Kate Baggaley

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12
JUL

Earth Networks Enhances ENcast® with Global Weather Corporation Technology

Advances in ENcast provide superior forecast accuracy, new variables, and integrated severe weather alerts for customers worldwide.

Earth Networks Enhances ENcast® with Global Weather Corporation Technology


Germantown, MD - July 12, 2017 Earth Networks, the leading provider of weather intelligence solutions and Global Weather Corporation® (GWC), the world’s most accurate forecast data provider today announced several new features to the ENcast suite of forecasts including new weather variables, improved near-term precipitation, and advanced detection of severe weather areas. These new offerings are particularly valuable for weather-sensitive industries where forecasting accuracy is most critical – ranging from air and ground transportation to public safety and national meteorological and hydrological agencies.

ENcast is based on Earth Networks proprietary weather station and lightning sensor networks coupled with GWC’s weather forecasting platform. The use of Earth Networks data helps eliminate model biases and increases forecast accuracy across the globe. Independent research has proven that by infusing these hyperlocal data networks, forecast errors are reduced by as much as 40%, boosting thunderstorm detection and forecast accuracy by as much as 80% – an industry first.

ENcast users now have access to an even wider range of proprietary forecasts that include the following specialty variables.

  • Solar Insolence – used to measure potential solar energy production.
  • Wet Bulb Temperature – the temperature at which dew point occurs.
  • Wet Bulb Globe Temperature – used to measure heat stress in direct sunlight.
  • Snowfall Accumulation – the amount of snowfall in a hyper-local area.
  • Ice Accumulation (Horizontal) – the amount of ice accumulation on the ground.
  • Ice Accumulation (Radial) – the amount of ice accumulation around utility wires and tree limbs.

“Even the smallest error in a short-term weather forecast can pose a challenge to maintaining business continuity and negatively impact an organization’s bottom line. More importantly, it can threaten the safety of employees,” said Mark Hoekzema, Chief Meteorologist at Earth Networks. “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with GWC, the global leader in accurate weather forecasts, by offering these enhanced ENcast capabilities that deliver unmatched hourly forecasting accuracy from 0-15 days.”

Pinpoint forecasts are increasingly critical for organizations to address the growing volume of severe weather outbreaks, which through early 2017 were occurring at twice the average rate over the past decade. The Earth Networks weather network consists of more than 10,000 stations that are exclusive to Earth Networks and update with live data every two seconds. And with over 1,500 sensors measuring lightning in 90 countries, Earth Networks Total Lightning Network is the most extensive and technologically advanced lightning network in the world.

“The combination of Earth Networks’ total lightning and vast weather station network allows GWC to provide a unique offering only available through ENcast,” adds Mark Flolid, CEO, of Global Weather Corp. “We can respond to any customer need for specialized, reliable forecasts for any location.”

For additional information on how ENcast can help your organization, visit here. For more information on Global Weather Corporation, visit here.

About Earth Networks

Earth Networks has been Taking the Pulse of the Planet® for more than 20 years. We help organizations mitigate financial, operational and human risk by providing environmental intelligence from the world’s largest hyperlocal weather network. Schools, airports, sports teams, utilities and government agencies rely on our early warning solutions to safeguard lives, prepare for weather events and optimize operations. Companies across all industries use our weather data to automate decisions regarding risk management, business continuity and asset protection.

About Global Weather Corporation

To serve a world connected by information, Global Weather Corporation© (GWC) is transforming how weather forecasts are created, delivered, and used. GWC’s artificial intelligence systems process the world’s best weather data into forecasts that have been independently validated as the most accurate available anywhere (by ForecastWatch, www.bit.ly/1HHncFd). Our customers are large and small companies globally; we improve how they serve their customers, and make their operations more effective. For further information, visit www.globalweathercorp.com.

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18
JUN

Weather system revamp hopes to bring sunshine to US economy

New legislation requires NOAA to improve weather research and forecasting, boosting industries from farming and airlines and improving the public warning system

Weather system revamp hopes to bring sunshine to US economy

Published by The Guardian - June 18, 2017 - By Debbie Carlson

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17
MAR

Weekend Road Conditions Preview Launched by Global Weather Corporation

Weekend Road Conditions Preview Launched by Global Weather Corporation
Weekend Road Conditions Preview Launched by Global Weather Corporation

Road conditions preview for North America and Europe now available as a free subscription. Click Here to subscribe

BOULDER – March 16, 2017 – Global Weather Corporation® (GWC), the global leader in accurate weather forecasts, is launching a free subscription program this week providing previews of the upcoming weekend road conditions on all major roadways in both North America and Europe. The Weekend Road Conditions PreviewTM is available by request from GWC by clicking HERE. The program provides a snapshot preview of the changing road surface conditions as of Friday morning for the upcoming weekend for all major roadways in North America and Europe.

Almost 1 in 4 crashes in the U.S. occur during poor weather conditions that impact road surfaces, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website. That number is even higher for Europe, where fully 30% of accidents involve poor road conditions. Those crashes have a significant economic and personal impact, estimated to be at least $22 billion in the U.S. every year and £18 billion in Europe.

Preview Based on RoadWX Technology

The Weekend Road Conditions Preview illustrates the more comprehensive RoadWX® forecast service available to GWC customers. The company’s proprietary RoadWX technology forecasts road surface conditions (dry, wet, slush, snow/ice) at road increments of as little as 1 km or less, and also provides the corresponding atmospheric weather forecasts. This service delivers national, regional or by-route forecasts updated as often as every five minutes, enabling subscribers to quickly identify potentially hazardous stretches of road.

“Weather changes everything, and has a significant impact on consumer and commercial vehicle safety worldwide,” noted GWC chief executive officer Mark Flolid. “Providing accurate forecasts of the road surface conditions is an important step to reducing the cost of weather-related accidents and delays.”

Weekend Road Conditions Preview launched by Global Weather Corporation in the USA

World’s Most Accurate Global Forecasts

ForecastWatch, an independent evaluator company, has identified GWC as the overall most accurate major weather provider for 2013-15. GWC’s forecast services are available for any location in the world. “Our R&D relationship with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), coupled with technology developed by GWC, allows us to reliably assess and forecast local weather conditions throughout the world,” noted Flolid. “With so much of our global economy depending on the ability to react quickly to changing weather conditions, it’s a critical service.”

About Global Weather Corporation

To serve a world connected by information, Global Weather Corporation® (GWC) is transforming how weather forecasts are created, delivered, and used. GWC’s artificial intelligence systems process the world’s best weather data into forecasts that have been independently validated as the most accurate available anywhere (by ForecastWatch, www.bit.ly/1HHncFd). Our customers are large and small companies globally; we improve how they serve their customers, and make their operations more effective. For further information, visit www.globalweathercorp.com.

1 FHWA Road Weather Management Program website, statistics for the period 2005-2014 available at https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/weather/q1_roadimpact.htm

2 U.S. Highway Crashes in Adverse Road Weather Conditions, U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration, 2006 and 2015, and “The Total Cost of Weather-Related Road Deaths in Europe” by Graham Cookson, Chief Economist, EMEA 2016

17
MAR

Uncertainty Abounds Around Climate Science Funding

Uncertainty Abounds Around Climate Science Funding

Published by Climate Central - March 17, 2017 - By Andrea Thompson

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23
NOV

Under Trump, NASA May Turn a Blind Eye to Climate Change

Planalytics Enhances Precision of In-Season Demand Analytics with Global Weather Corporation’s Accurate Forecasts

Published by Scientific American - November 23, 2016 - By Lee Billings

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23
NOV

Under Trump, NASA may lose climate research

Weather Tools Enhances Precision Weather Forecast for California Agriculture with Global Weather Corporation

Published by PBS - November 23, 2016 - By Lee Billings

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07
JUN

When It Comes To U.S. Weather Forecasting: Private, Public Or Both?

When It Comes To U.S. Weather Forecasting: Private, Public Or Both?

NOAA weather forecasters. Courtesy of NOAA.

Published by Forbes - June 7, 2016 - By Marshall Shepherd

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19
APR

New York Times Opinion Page: A New Dark Age Looms

New York Times Opinion Page: A New Dark Age Looms
New York Times Opinion Page: A New Dark Age Looms


Boulder, Colo., April 19, 2016 — IMAGINE a future in which humanity’s accumulated wisdom about Earth — our vast experience with weather trends, fish spawning and migration patterns, plant pollination and much more — turns increasingly obsolete. As each decade passes, knowledge of Earth’s past becomes progressively less effective as a guide to the future. Civilization enters a dark age in its practical understanding of our planet.

To comprehend how this could occur, picture yourself in our grandchildren’s time, a century hence. Significant global warming has occurred, as scientists predicted. Nature’s longstanding, repeatable patterns — relied on for millenniums by humanity to plan everything from infrastructure to agriculture — are no longer so reliable. Cycles that have been largely unwavering during modern human history are disrupted by substantial changes in temperature and precipitation.

As Earth’s warming stabilizes, new patterns begin to appear. At first, they are confusing and hard to identify. Scientists note similarities to Earth’s emergence from the last ice age. These new patterns need many years — sometimes decades or more — to reveal themselves fully, even when monitored with our sophisticated observing systems. Until then, farmers will struggle to reliably predict new seasonal patterns and regularly plant the wrong crops. Early signs of major drought will go unrecognized, so costly irrigation will be built in the wrong places. Disruptive societal impacts will be widespread.

Such a dark age is a growing possibility. In a recent report, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded that human-caused global warming was already altering patterns of some extreme weather events. But the report did not address the broader implication — that disrupting nature’s patterns could extend well beyond extreme weather, with far more pervasive impacts.

Our foundation of Earth knowledge, largely derived from historically observed patterns, has been central to society’s progress. Early cultures kept track of nature’s ebb and flow, passing improved knowledge about hunting and agriculture to each new generation. Science has accelerated this learning process through advanced observation methods and pattern discovery techniques. These allow us to anticipate the future with a consistency unimaginable to our ancestors.

But as Earth warms, our historical understanding will turn obsolete faster than we can replace it with new knowledge. Some patterns will change significantly; others will be largely unaffected, though it will be difficult to say what will change, by how much, and when.

The list of possible disruptions is long and alarming. We could see changes to the prevalence of crop and human pests, like locust plagues set off by drought conditions; forest fire frequency; the dynamics of the predator-prey food chain; the identification and productivity of reliably arable land, and the predictability of agriculture output.

Historians of the next century will grasp the importance of this decline in our ability to predict the future. They may mark the coming decades of this century as the period during which humanity, despite rapid technological and scientific advances, achieved “peak knowledge” about the planet it occupies. They will note that many decades may pass before society again attains the same level.

One exception to this pattern-based knowledge is the weather, whose underlying physics governs how the atmosphere moves and adjusts. Because we understand the physics, we can replicate the atmosphere with computer models. Monitoring by weather stations and satellites provides the starting point for the models, which compute a forecast for how the weather will evolve. Today, forecast accuracy based on such models is generally good out to a week, sometimes even two.

But farmers need to think a season or more ahead. So do infrastructure planners as they design new energy and water systems. It may be feasible to develop the science and make the observations necessary to forecast weather a month or even a season in advance. We are also coming to understand enough of the physics to make useful global and regional climate projections a decade or more ahead.

The intermediate time period is our big challenge. Without substantial scientific breakthroughs, we will remain reliant on pattern-based methods for time periods between a month and a decade. The problem is, as the planet warms, these patterns will become increasingly difficult to discern. This will present a troubling issue for regions of the world subject to El Niño, monsoon cycles and other long-term weather variability. Predicting extreme weather may become even more trying than it is today.

The oceans, which play a major role in global weather patterns, will also see substantial changes as global temperatures rise. Ocean currents and circulation patterns evolve on time scales of decades and longer, and fisheries change in response. We lack reliable, physics-based models to tell us how this occurs. Our best knowledge is built on what we have seen in the past, like how fish populations respond to El Niño’s cycle. Climate change will further undermine our already limited ability to make these predictions. Anticipating ocean resources from one year to the next will become harder.

Civilization’s understanding of Earth has expanded enormously in recent decades, making humanity safer and more prosperous. As the patterns that we have come to expect are disrupted by warming temperatures, we will face huge challenges feeding a growing population and prospering within our planet’s finite resources. New developments in science offer our best hope for keeping up, but this is by no means guaranteed.

Our grandchildren could grow up knowing less about the planet than we do today. This is not a legacy we want to leave them. Yet we are on the verge of ensuring this happens.

02
DEC

aWhere and Global Weather Corporation Partner to Provide Growers with Premium Field-Level Weather Intelligence

aWhere and Global Weather Corporation Partner to Provide Growers with Premium Field-Level Weather Intelligence New York Times Opinion Page: A New Dark Age Looms

Boulder, Colorado – Dec. 2, 2015 – aWhere™ and Global Weather Corporation® (GWC) have partnered to provide premium weather intelligence to agribusiness. The benefit to aWhere customers is improved visibility into field-level agricultural intelligence. This premium service can improve growth stage estimates by as much as 2.7 days over climatology and 0.7 days over National Weather Service forecasts.

“To provide our customers with the highest possible accuracy, aWhere always selects and blends the best weather data sources; we never rely on just one source. By partnering with GWC, we’re able to offer the world’s most accurate weather forecast to growers,” says John Corbett, CEO and founder of aWhere. “For example, by blending GWC’s field-level forecast accuracy with aWhere’s observed weather data and agronomic models, commercial vegetable growers will predict harvest dates and daily production with more certainty.”

The addition of GWC’s forecast accuracy reduces growth stage uncertainty by 20% or more. Growers can gain better pricing and lower their operational costs through improved labor scheduling and reduced over-planting.

Accurately monitoring crop growth stage is critical for field-level operational decisions. The actual length of a growth stage corresponds to a certain number of growing degree-days, also known as growing degree units, or GDU. For corn, a typical day during the growing season represents 20 GDU, which can vary greatly. Integrating the accuracy of GWC forecasts can improve the uncertainty in each growth stage estimate by 2.7 days over historical climatology and 0.7 days over the U.S. National Weather Service Global Forecast System (GFS).

“Similar to a human meteorologist, yet with 24/7 global scale coverage, our technology learns local conditions by monitoring weather stations throughout the world and applies machine intelligence to constantly improve our forecast,” explains Dr. William Gail, GWC CTO and 2014 American Meteorological Society President. “Combined with our continued investment in research and development and our persistent focus on automation, this capability allows us to provide the most accurate forecast anywhere in the world.”

About aWhere:
Founded in 1999, aWhere collects and analyzes over a billion points of data from around the globe each day to create unprecedented visibility and insight known as Agricultural Intelligence, critical to decision making from farm level through to national policy. For more information, visit www.awhere.com.

About Global Weather Corporation:
To serve a world connected by information, Global Weather Corporation® (GWC) is transforming how weather forecasts are created, delivered, and used. GWC’s artificial intelligence systems process the world’s best weather data into forecasts that have been independently validated as the most accurate available anywhere (by ForecastWatch, www.bit.ly/1HHncFd). Our customers are large and small companies; we improve how they serve their customers, and make their operations more effective. For further information, visit www.globalweathercorp.com.

Media Contacts:
aWhere
Morag Greenberg
moraggreenberg@awhere.com

Global Weather Corporation
Mark Flolid
mflolid@globalweathercorp.com

30
NOV

USA Today Op-Ed, by GWC CTO Bill Gail: Don't Let Climate Change Hinder the Economy

USA Today Op-Ed, by GWC CTO Bill Gail: Don't Let Climate Change Hinder the Economy

USA Today Op-Ed, by GWC CTO Bill Gail: Don't Let Climate Change Hinder the Economy

Nature’s deviations disrupt our lives and businesses more than we should accept.

Super hurricanes, mega droughts and 1,000-year floods have made big news in the months leading to this week’s climate talks in Paris. Everyone wants to know how global warming has contributed and whether we should prepare for a future of weather on steroids. The science community races to provide clear answers.

Yet we need not wait for additional science, or resolve contentious policy debates, to recognize one simple truth. Natural climate variability itself — even absent human influence — disrupts our lives and businesses to a far greater extent than we should accept. Research suggests that the U.S. economy suffers half a trillion dollars or more in lost growth annually due to unforeseen climate variations: unseasonal cold spells, prolonged drought, unusually stormy months and much more.

To be clear, this column is not about human influence. Plenty has been published on that divisive topic, within these pages and elsewhere. This is a story about nature’s own climate uncertainties, and the economic consequences of not understanding them better. We — on every side of the climate debate — are holding our economy back. We have allowed disagreement over human influence to push aside what should be a non-controversial goal: improving our understanding of nature itself. Congress has even threatened to slash what research we already do. We must fix that.

Why should Congress — or any of us — care about natural climate variability? Because it creates enormous inefficiencies in our economy. A 2011 report by economist Jeffrey Lazo and colleagues in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society showed that on a state-by-state basis, annual variability in U.S. economic output due to climate-related supply and demand inefficiencies averages more than 3%. In states such as California, Ohio and New York, it is more than 10%. Shocking! And that doesn’t even include the high costs of catastrophic weather events, such as the 2012 Superstorm Sandy’s $65 billion tab that almost equaled New York City’s budget.

The causes of this variability are no mystery. Unexpectedly low or high seasonal temperatures routinely lead to higher energy prices. Drought, such as that plaguing the Southwest, places enormous economic pressure on farmers. Abnormal spring flooding in one place or another disrupts businesses each year. We all understand this. Deviations from normal climate were cited by The Wall Street Journal as a major cause for the gross domestic product drop of 2.9% in the first quarter of 2014. Can nature really push around our nation’s great economic engine so easily?

We don’t have to accept this. A significant portion of this inefficiency can be recovered as economic growth through better information technology. Doing so would be a huge boost to the nation’s welfare. Improving our ability to anticipate climate fluctuations provides one lever to grow the economy faster — an elusive goal these days.

None of this stops at U.S. borders. If the impact of climate variability on the U.S. economy is large, the global impact is far larger. In a connected world, increasingly dependent on global trade, climate matters — even far beyond where it is happening. Anything we learn that reduces our vulnerability in the U.S. can be leveraged to grow international business opportunities as well.

Businesses must anticipate climate at multiple time scales. Retailers plan inventory for weather-sensitive consumers months in advance. Being wrong is costly. Farmers decide a season or more ahead which crops to plant and how tight water resources might be. Food prices often soar when farmers are incorrect. Companies must anticipate climate decades in advance when planning infrastructure. Those throughout the Southwest, for example, need to know how soon the drought will end and when it will re-occur.

Improving the information that helps us anticipate, adapt to and price in nature’s variability would seem a wise, non-partisan goal. Much of what we need originates in basic research, funded by government agencies such as NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S.Geological Survey and the National Science Foundation. The challenges are large: understand Earth in all its complexity, including the interactions among atmosphere, ocean and lands. We have learned from the difficulty of predicting specific phenomena such as El Nino just how much new science this takes. Succeeding requires ongoing commitment.

Yet this commitment is at risk. In the complex process of creating the 2016 budget, Congress has threatened to cut NASA Earth science funding by 18% to 32%. Some say this is because these agencies research both natural and human-caused climate variability. We may choose to debate the policy response to human influence, but we should not let it hamper other business needs. Improving our ability to predict natural climate is too important to accept this sort of political fallout.

Working to understand natural climate variability is a no-brainer. This variability imposes a 3% economic tax we can help eliminate. The business community gets it. Let’s enable our businesses to outsmart climate variability, not make them collateral damage from the climate debate. It is too important to our economic growth.

10
NOV

Weather Tools Enhances Precision Weather Forecast for California Agriculture with Global Weather Corporation

Weather Tools Enhances Precision Weather Forecast for California Agriculture with Global Weather Corporation

Boulder, Colo., Nov. 10, 2015 – Weather Tools and Global Weather Corporation (GWC) have partnered to lead the delivery of precision forecasting for the California agriculture industry. Leveraging the framework of Weather Tools’ innovative two-year old Growers Weather Network (GroWN), the partnership now delivers weather intelligence to California growers down to the field level. The foundation of GroWN is a proprietary system of weather observation sites, created and maintained specifically for California agriculture, with the Central Valley as its initial focus.

GWC accesses data from the GroWN sites and computes field-specific weather forecasts. These are delivered electronically to Weather Tools, which then provides growers with accurate on-demand mobile weather-based intelligence, hourly out to 15 days. With GroWN, growers have year-around support for optimal crop management decision making.

“We rely on GWC services to ensure that we are providing the best forecast information to growers,” said Rob Doornbos, Weather Tools Owner and Principal. “In large part, our forecast success is attributable to the accuracy of GWC’s products and services. GWC forecasts provide a level of temporal and spatial accuracy that is unsurpassed in the industry and a must-have for growers. Integrating GWC’s forecasts into GroWN allows us to change the way weather services are utilized, empowering more informed and confident decision making for farmers than ever before. We are building consistently accurate local weather intelligence, which is critically important in an environment where operating margins are pulling in, due to a wide variety of factors.”

Customers agree. “Weather Tools has been very helpful for our company. The Weather Tools’ GroWN ‘Daily Weather Discussion’ helps us plan our day and we have found the service to be accurate. Plus, we can look at the real-time weather throughout the valley, via their mobile app, which helps us decide whether we can fly an application in that area or not. We are very satisfied with Weather Tools,” said Alex Compton, Field Representative for Avag, Inc., an agricultural aviator based in Richvale, California.

“Our partner Weather Tools provides a perfect example of how agricultural weather forecasting can be improved by deploying high quality weather stations whose data are readily integrated into GWC forecasts. Similar to a human meteorologist, our technology learns about local conditions, biases and tendencies by monitoring weather stations and then applies machine intelligence to constantly improve our forecast. Combined with our continued investment in research and development and our persistent focus on automation, this capability allows us to provide the most accurate forecast – anywhere in the world. This accuracy has been verified by third-party analysis from ForecastWatch for both 2013 and 2014,” stated Mark Flolid, GWC Chief Executive Officer.

About Weather Tools:
GroWN is an innovative, mobile-first, precision weather application developed to support California agriculture. Industry-leading forecast and management support modules have been developed using the data available from the Weather Tools Observation Network. The service provides California growers with reliable and robust field-level data that may be used to create an optimal response to anticipated changes in the weather and/or climate. For more information, see www.weathertools.org.

About Global Weather Corporation:
To serve a world connected by information, Global Weather Corporation® (GWC) is transforming how weather forecasts are created, delivered, and used. GWC’s artificial intelligence systems process the world’s best weather data into forecasts that have been independently validated as the most accurate available anywhere (by ForecastWatch, www.bit.ly/1HHncFd). Our customers are large and small companies; we improve how they serve their customers, and make their operations more effective. For further information, visit www.globalweathercorp.com.

News Media Contacts:
Weather Tools
Rob Doornbos
Owner/Principal
rob@weathertools.org

Global Weather Corporation
Mark Flolid
CEO
mflolid@globalweathercorp.com

16
SEP

Solar Customers Gain Source of Accurate Forecast Data

Solar Customers Gain Source of Accurate Forecast Data

Solar Customers Gain Source of Accurate Forecast Data

Boulder, Colo., Sept. 16, 2015 – AlsoEnergy has partnered with Global Weather Corporation (GWC), provider of the world’s most accurate weather forecasts, to introduce the solar industry’s most accurate weather-based data stream. This new data stream includes both localized irradiance data and 5-day power forecasts. Solar industry professionals will now have access to the same breakthrough technology already being used by industrial utilities, agriculture, and transportation industries.

“The GWC weather services are included as part of a real-time data feed, called SolarSight Log, within the AlsoEnergy PowerTrack and DECK Solar Monitoring software. This data feed drives products named SolarSight Log and SolarSight Forecast. We have integrated the virtual weather data with our analytic suite of software tools, which provide the functionality to be expected from an on-site weather station,” said Holden Caine, CTO of AlsoEnergy.

SolarSight Log is an AlsoEnergy product that provides access to historical and current weather data. This capability allows customers to analyze historical performance of their systems, and to see real-time production baseline calculations. For customers who do not have on-site weather stations or irradiance sensors, SolarSight Log provides comparable datasets for significantly lower financial investment.

AlsoEnergy’s SolarSight Forecast provides 5-day predicted power forecasts for energy professionals who demand advance knowledge of available sunlight in order to mix solar assets with traditional energy sources in a power distribution network.

Independent evaluator ForecastWatch has assessed GWC’s forecasts as the most accurate in the world. “Like a human meteorologist, our technology continuously monitors local conditions throughout the world, using this data to constantly improving our forecast through machine intelligence. This capability, combined with our continued investment in research and development and our persistent focus on automation, is the unique power behind our ability to deliver the most accurate forecast at any location,” stated Mark Flolid, CEO of GWC. “We are excited to introduce our state-of-the-art weather forecasts to the solar energy market with AlsoEnergy. The GWC real-time irradiance forecasts provide accurate, actionable information for those relying on solar generation to meet customer demands.”

About AlsoEnergy:
AlsoEnergy provides monitoring and SCADA systems for solar PV projects and other energy systems. Their company portfolio covers over 3.5 GW of energy production spread across more than 10,000 sites worldwide. AlsoEnergy was named as the top-selling independent commercial PV monitoring provider in North America in the most recent monitoring industry survey conducted by SoliChamba Consulting for GreenTechMedia. The full report is available here.Founded in 2007, AlsoEnergy is a privately held company that is rapidly growing to meet demand in the solar energy market. For more information, visit: www.alsoenergy.com.

About Global Weather Corporation:
To serve a world connected by information, Global Weather Corporation® (GWC) is transforming how weather forecasts are created, delivered, and used. GWC’s artificial intelligence systems process the world’s best weather data into forecasts that have been independently validated as the most accurate available anywhere (by ForecastWatch, www.bit.ly/1HHncFd). Our scalable web services deliver this information on demand for any global location, automatically configuring it to match the needs of each business and device (such as vehicles) we support. Our customers are large and small companies; we improve how they serve their customers, and make their operations more effective. For further information, visit www.globalweathercorp.com.

01
OCT

Planalytics Enhances Precision of In-Season Demand Analytics with Global Weather Corporation’s Accurate Forecasts

Planalytics Enhances Precision of In-Season Demand Analytics with Global Weather Corporation’s Accurate Forecasts

Boulder, Colo., Sept. 30, 2015 – Planalytics, the global leader in Business Weather Intelligence®, has marked the one year anniversary of integrating Global Weather Corporation’s (GWC) weather forecasts into its near-term weather-driven demand models and solutions. The industry-leading accuracy of GWC’s forecasts has enabled Planalytics to provide customers with improved weather-based demand intelligence for optimizing inventory, adjusting promotions, and many other in-season decisions.

“We rely on GWC services to ensure that we are providing the best information in the industry,” commented Derron Simon, Planalytics’ Chief Operating Officer. “GWC’s top-ranked weather forecast is a critically important input that allows us to produce high-confidence in-season models and deliver trusted, highly precise weather-driven demand analytics to our customers.”

Mother Nature’s influence on consumer buying behavior is significant, shaping a myriad of daily decisions from the clothes they wear to what they drink to the activities they choose to pursue. “The financial ramifications are larger than most probably realize,” said Adam Moyer, Senior VP of Analytics & Weather Operations, Planalytics. “For example, specialty apparel retailers in the U.S. can see up to $3.6 billion worth of revenue in play due to the weather during the September through December period alone. Similarly, our research shows that U.S. DIY chains face up to $4.1 billion in sales volatility during their key March-to-May selling season.”

Cloud-based analytics enable Planalytics to model multiple years of historical sales and weather data, identifying weather impact correlations by market, week, and category for retailers and other consumer-centric businesses. The resulting insights, built using GWC inputs, help clients successfully address the challenges of never-ending weather volatility including: understanding past sales performance, working off a weather-adjusted baseline for season-ahead planning, and positioning the business for a change in weather and purchasing trends in the coming week.

GWC takes weather model data from national meteorological agencies around the world and applies post-processing algorithms to combine the models and improve on how each performs individually. This creates the most accurate forecast in the world, as verified by the independent evaluator ForecastWatch (www.bit.ly/1HHncFd). “Like a human meteorologist, our technology continues to learn local conditions throughout the world, constantly improving our forecast through machine intelligence. This capability, combined with our continued investment in research and development and our persistent focus on automation, is the unique power behind our delivery of the most accurate forecast at any location,” stated Mark Flolid, GWC Chief Executive Officer.

About Planalytics:
Planalytics, Inc. is the global leader in Business Weather Intelligence®. Through advanced weather analysis technologies, planning and optimization solutions and industry-specific expertise, Planalytics helps companies accurately assess and measure weather-driven impacts and effectively manage the never-ending variability of climate. Leading retailers, consumer goods suppliers, restaurants and consumer service companies use Planalytics to “weatherize their business,” taking advantage of opportunities to increase revenue while deploying strategies to reduce costs and protect margins during periods of risk. For more information, visit www.planalytics.com.

About Global Weather Corporation:
To serve a world connected by information, Global Weather Corporation® (GWC) is transforming how weather forecasts are created, delivered, and used. GWC’s artificial intelligence systems process the world’s best weather data into forecasts that have been independently validated as the most accurate available anywhere (by ForecastWatch, www.bit.ly/1HHncFd). Our scalable web services deliver this information on demand for any global location, automatically configuring it to match the needs of each business and device (such as vehicles) we support. Our customers are large and small companies; we improve how they serve their customers, and make their operations more effective. For further information, visit www.globalweathercorp.com.

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CEO
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01
SEP

INRIX Warns Drivers of Potentially Dangerous Road Conditions with Inrix Road Weather

INRIX Warns Drivers of Potentially Dangerous Road Conditions with Inrix Road Weather

Kirkland, WA – September 1, 2015 – Even with recent innovations in steering, traction and braking systems, drivers still regularly face dangerous weather-related road conditions. Today, INRIX announced INRIX Road Weather, which provides critical information on road conditions, including updated alerts every 15 minutes. Unlike traditional weather services, INRIX Road Weather provides information on the roads themselves, including type of precipitation, surface conditions and visibility, among others. It is the first system to use real-time data from connected vehicles to report road conditions and alert other drivers of potentially dangerous situations. Road Weather is available today to automotive and enterprise customers in North America and Europe.

Weather-related accidents have a huge impact on travelers around the world, leading to:

  • 7,000 U.S. and 8,000 European weather-related auto accident fatalities each year
  • $18 billion in commercial losses caused by weather conditions
  • 25% of US accidents and 30% in Europe are weather related

Despite aggressive improvements in safety systems, the best thing drivers can do is to avoid dangerous road conditions completely, but that’s not always possible. Leveraging a broad set of public and private data sources, real-time vehicle sensor data, and forecast modeling technology from Global Weather Corporation (GWC), INRIX Road Weather keeps drivers and their vehicles informed of dangerous road conditions ahead.

“INRIX has been focused on making driving not only more efficient, but also safer,“ said Bryan Mistele, founder and chief executive officer of INRIX. “Road Weather is another innovative next step that continues our work to use massive amounts of big data and leading-edge technology to make connected cars safer and cities smarter.”

The road condition information collected by INRIX is analyzed and transmitted to other vehicles and mobile applications giving drivers important and timely information on whether they should adjust their route or driving behavior well ahead of the problem. INRIX Road Weather can also help public transportation and road maintenance agencies be more efficient applying resources. Additionally, it can assist emergency service personnel in managing traffic flow before an accident occurs.

INRIX developed Road Weather in collaboration with GWC, the world’s most accurate temperature forecaster in 2013 and 2014, as reported by independent analyst ForecastWatch. Combining the data available from in-vehicle sensors with GWC’s algorithms to accurately predict temperature and precipitation on the road, INRIX Road Weather can alert drivers to dangerous situations before they happen.

“Global Weather Corporation has pioneered the global use of hyperlocal weather models to create forecasts even specific enough for vehicle applications. We are partnering with INRIX to leverage the power of real-time connected vehicle data that can further enhance forecast accuracy and coverage, which will ultimately improve driver safety,” stated Mark Flolid, chief executive officer, GWC.

INRIX Road Weather is available now for automakers, mobile application developers and public sector agencies, and will soon be available in the INRIX mobile app. For more information please visit INRIX.com.

About Inrix:
INRIX is one of the fastest growing big data technology companies in the world. The company leverages big data analytics to reduce the individual, economic and environmental toll of traffic congestion. Through cutting-edge data intelligence and predictive traffic technologies, INRIX helps leading automakers, fleets, governments and news organizations make it easier for drivers to navigate their world. Our vision is simple – to solve traffic, empower drivers, inform planning and enhance commerce.

Whether through an in-car or smartphone navigation application, a local newscast or our INRIX Traffic app, our up-to-the-minute traffic information and other driver services help millions of drivers save time, fuel and frustration. INRIX delivers traffic and driving-related insight, as well as sophisticated analytical tools and services across six industries covering nearly five million miles (7.9 million km) of road in 42 countries. For more information visit us at INRIX.com or download our INRIX XD Traffic App for iOS and Android.

About Global Weather Corporation:
To serve a world connected by information, Global Weather Corporation® (GWC) is transforming how weather forecasts are created, delivered, and used. GWC’s artificial intelligence systems process the world’s best weather data into forecasts that have been independently validated as the most accurate available anywhere (by ForecastWatch, www.bit.ly/1HHncFd). Our scalable web services deliver this information on demand for any global location, automatically configuring it to match the needs of each business and device (such as vehicles) we support. Our customers are large and small companies; we improve how they serve their customers, and make their operations more effective. For further information, visit www.globalweathercorp.com.

  1. 10-year averages from 2002 to 2012 analyzed by Booz Allen Hamilton, based on NHTSA data
  2. http://etsc.eu/wp-content/uploads/Briefing-Serious-Injury-Target_29-June-Update.pdf
  3. 10-year averages from 2002 to 2012 analyzed by Booz Allen Hamilton, based on NHTSA data

01
SEP

What is Wrong with Our Weathermen?

What is Wrong with Our Weathermen?

Image of Cyclone Hudhud from Insat-3D

Published by Smart Cities Council India - September 1, 2015 - By SCC India Staff

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20
APR

William B. Gail Named to Serve on New Commerce Data Advisory Council

William B. Gail Named to Serve on New Commerce Data Advisory Council

William B. Gail Named to Serve on New Commerce Data Advisory Council

Boulder, Colorado – April 20, 2015 – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that Dr. William B. Gail, Co-Founder and CTO of Global Weather Corporation and Past-President of the American Meteorological Society, has been appointed to serve on the new Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC). CDAC was created to spur economic and social development by ensuring that the most useful Commerce Department data is made available to American businesses and citizens.

“I am honored to be appointed to CDAC, and commend Secretary Pritzker and the Commerce Department for creating the Council and promoting open data along with the vision of a data nation,” said Bill Gail. “This Council is being asked to tackle important questions dealing with our new world of big data – how to make government data more accessible, how it can become more useful to society, and how to drive better decision making throughout our economy. While supporting a charter that cuts across all Commerce activities, I will bring the specific perspective of environmental data – notably weather, water, and climate – and its critical importance to a data nation.”

The first CDAC meeting will occur Thursday, April 23rd to Friday, April 24th in Washington D.C. (See Department of Commerce press release)

The 19 members of the CDAC will provide Secretary Pritzker and the DOC data-bureau leadership with guidance on data management and data policy. For more information about the CDAC, including a list of all the members, see: http://www.esa.doc.gov/

GWC serves enterprise customers that touch consumers with devices and applications that are weather-dependent, such as mobile phones, connected vehicles, and smart home systems. All of these require consistently reliable and accurate forecasts. GWC’s customers are businesses that demand accuracy and hyper-local precision, such as Yahoo! (the industry standard for compelling mobile weather applications), and Xcel Energy (the #1 wind energy producer in the U.S.). Whether it’s a near-term forecast every 5 minutes or an hourly forecast out to 15 days, GWC delivers the most accurate forecast for any location on earth.

About Global Weather Corporation:
Founded in 2009, Global Weather Corporation® (GWC) utilizes proprietary technology to produce the most accurate precision weather forecasts available, as validated by ForecastWatch. GWC serves a growing demand by businesses to improve decision making, increase operational efficiency, and support their business and consumer customers. GWC’s forecasts are available on-demand and are statistically tuned for any location in the world, delivered through a scalable web services framework. For more information visit www.globalweathercorp.com.

18
MAR

Global Weather Corporation Named Most Accurate Temperature Forecast Provider in the World

Global Weather Corporation Named Most Accurate Temperature Forecast Provider in the World

Global Weather Corporation Named Most Accurate Temperature Forecast Provider in the World

Boulder, CO – March 18, 2015 – Global Weather Corporation (GWC) has been identified as the most accurate temperature forecast of 2014 for the U.S., Europe and Asia in a recent study by ForecastWatch, an independent analyst of industry performance. The study compared the accuracy of daily high temperature forecasts among the leading providers of weather forecasting. Results were determined for three regions (U.S., Europe, Asia) and four forecast periods (1-3, 4-6, 7-9 days in advance as well as a summary for all days 1-9).

GWC ranked first in all four categories for all three regions. This is GWC’s second year in a row to be identified the most accurate forecast by ForecastWatch.com.

The ForecastWatch study evaluated nearly 24 million high temperature forecasts for 954 locations around the globe from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, comparing them to observation data that was quality-controlled by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Nine of the leading weather forecast providers including Weather Underground, The Weather Channel, and Europe’s largest weather provider MeteoGroup were evaluated in the study. This is the second year in which GWC participated in the study. GWC has received the top ranking in both years.

“This study is further confirmation of GWC’s commitment to our customers to provide a more accurate weather forecast,” said Dr. Bill Gail, GWC’s chief technology officer and 2014 president of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). “Like a human meteorologist, our technology continues to learn, constantly improving our forecasts by leveraging the advances of traditional and non-traditional weather observation systems throughout the world. This capability ensures that our forecasts are always improving, so they meet the growing demands of our connected world.”

GWC serves enterprise customers that touch consumers with devices and applications that are weather-dependent, such as mobile phones, connected vehicles, and smart home systems. All of these require consistently reliable and accurate forecasts. GWC’s customers are businesses that demand accuracy and hyper-local precision, such as Yahoo! (the industry standard for compelling mobile weather applications), and Xcel Energy (the #1 wind energy producer in the U.S.). Whether it’s a near-term forecast every 5 minutes or an hourly forecast out to 15 days, GWC delivers the most accurate forecast for any location on earth.

To read the entire ForecastWatch study click here.

About Global Weather Corporation:
To serve a world connected by information, Global Weather Corporation® (GWC) is transforming how weather forecasts are created, delivered, and used. GWC’s artificial intelligence systems process the world’s best weather data into forecasts that have been independently validated as the most accurate available anywhere (by ForecastWatch, www.bit.ly/1HHncFd). Our scalable web services deliver this information on demand for any global location, automatically configuring it to match the needs of each business and device (such as vehicles) we support. Our customers are large and small companies; we improve how they serve their customers, and make their operations more effective. For further information, visit www.globalweathercorp.com.

About ForecastWatch:
ForecastWatch is the nation’s premier weather forecast monitoring and assessment company. A full-service, technology consulting firm, ForecastWatch compiles weather forecasts and observations at more than 1,200 locations around the world, including the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Central America, Africa and Asia Pacific. ForecastWatch also maintains a historical database of over 400 million weather forecasts from a number of providers. For more information, visit: www.forecastwatch.com.

30
JAN

Weather Technology Leaders Team to Deliver More Precise and Powerful Forecast to Consumers and Enterprises Ranging From Utilities to Renewables to Transportation

Weather Technology Leaders Team to Deliver More Precise and Powerful Forecast to Consumers and Enterprises Ranging From Utilities to Renewables to Transportation

WeatherBug Apps for Consumers and ENcast for Enterprises Provide the Best Weather Forecasts

Germantown, MD and Boulder, CO – January 30, 2014 – Whether you are a consumer, business or government official, real-time and precise forecasts are critical. Consumers can plan their day, utilities can better anticipate demand, wind farm operators can maximize output, transportation companies can more effectively manage fleets, and airlines can more efficiently reroute flights using timely forecast information that’s finely tuned to specific geographic locations.

Enterprises and consumers around the world now have a new source for more accurate, location-specific weather forecast data, thanks to an expanded partnership between Earth Networks, the world’s largest source of private weather and lightning data, and Global Weather Corporation (GWC), a company that’s bringing to market the most accurate, real-time weather forecasting feeds based on technology developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

In partnership with GWC, Earth Networks developed ENcast, a unique weather forecasting system that generates pinpoint, accurate and reliable nowcasts to extended 15-day forecasts.

Weather Technology Leaders Team to Deliver More Precise and Powerful Forecast to Consumers and Enterprises Ranging From Utilities to Renewables to Transportation

Now, advanced forecasts – up to 25% more accurate – for any point on the globe are made possible by uniquely combining the following:

  • Real-time, high-resolution proprietary weather and lightning observations from Earth Networks,
  • Proven methodology with leading ensemble models, technology and high-performing products – including WindWx, SolarWx and RoadWx – from Global Weather Corporation, and
  • A comprehensive set of additional global data sources and models.

Unlike other forecasts, ENcast forecasts are updated hourly using Earth Networks’ real-time data, delivering significantly more accurate 0-48 hour period nowcasts. ENcast is also incorporated in the company’s popular line of WeatherBug apps, delivering pinpoint forecasts to consumers for millions of locations worldwide.

A recent evaluation by ForecastWatch reported that forecasts provided by Global Weather Corporation have the lowest error of those reviewed in both the U.S.and Europe for the period 1-9 days, using a metric of daily high temperature. These results demonstrate the strong foundation upon which ENcast is built.

“The combination of data from Earth Networks’ real-time weather and lightning sensor networks and GWC’s model methodology means that together we will offer the best forecasts – so that businesses around the world have improved critical weather insight and the exact forecast information they require, and consumers are more prepared and safer,” says Global Weather Corporation CTO and Founder Bill Gail.

“Weather is the single biggest variable for many industries, and we’ve worked with organizations to demonstrate that utilizing the best, most accurate forecasts can save a business thousands or even millions of dollars,” says Earth Networks President and COO Richard Spaulding. “We’re continuing to invest in our technologies, making it possible for consumers and industries to harness the power of real-time local data, high-resolution global models, and advanced computational abilities to safeguard lives, protect livelihoods and make a positive impact.”

About Earth Networks: Powering WeatherBug & WeatherBug Home
For 20 years, we have been Taking the Pulse of the Planet® using the world’s largest weather, lightning and greenhouse gas monitoring networks. Our sensors across the planet keep consumers, businesses, and governments informed, updated and alerted. Our popular WeatherBug® brand provides neighborhood-level weather, superior forecasts and advanced severe weather alerts to millions. Our WeatherBug Home offering taps big weather and connected home data for improved energy efficiency and comfort. Enterprises such as schools, airports, professional sports teams, utilities and government agencies rely on our early warning solutions to safeguard lives, prepare for weather events, and optimize operations. Know Before®. Learn more at www.earthnetworks.com.

About Global Weather Corporation:
Global Weather Corporation® (GWC) is an information company with proprietary technology that produces real-time precision weather forecasts needed by businesses to improve decision-making, increase operational efficiency, and serve their business/consumer customers. GWC’s forecasts are tuned on-demand to any specific location or geography in the world and delivered through a scalable transaction-based web services model. We serve a growing business and consumer market demand – improved accuracy at exact locations with better timeliness than anyone else. Learn more at www.globalweathercorp.com.

Contact Earth Networks at energy@earthnetworks.com or Mark Flolid at GWC (mflolid@globalweathercorp.com) to learn more.

23
JAN

Global Weather Corporation Named Most Accurate Temperature Forecast Provider in the World

Global Weather Corporation Named Most Accurate Temperature Forecast Provider in the World

Global Weather Corporation Named Most Accurate Temperature Forecast Provider in the World

Boulder, CO – January 29, 2014 – According to a new report from ForecastWatch, Global Weather Corporation (GWC) is the world’s most accurate provider of temperature forecasts. ForecastWatch, the leader in third-party weather forecast accuracy reporting, says GWC forecasts have the lowest error of those they reviewed in both the US and Europe for the period 1-9 days, using a metric of daily high temperature. GWC is a relative newcomer to the space, so this announcement marks a dramatic shift in an industry where the ForecastWatch rankings have remained remarkably consistent over the last six years.

“We formed GWC to commercialize the world’s best weather forecasting technologies built around a post-processing technology developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research,” said Dr. Bill Gail, GWC’s chief technology officer and incoming president of the American Meteorological Society. “Like a human meteorologist, our technology continues to learn, constantly validating our forecast against public and private weather station observations. This capability, combined with our continued investment in R&D and persistent focus on automation, allows us to deliver the most accurate hourly weather forecasts at any location.”

GWC’s forecast accuracy has attracted innovative market-leading customers that demand reliable and accurate forecasts. Accurate temperature forecasts help GWC’s energy utility customers better determine load requirements to plan generation, potentially reducing costs by millions of dollars annually.

“Our product portfolio continues to expand as we work towards our goal of providing the most accurate forecasts to meet the needs of diverse industries worldwide,” said Mark Flolid, CEO of GWC. “Just four years after our inception, our forecasts are receiving strong demand in markets such as energy, digital news, mobile applications, emergency services, retail and transportation.”

To read the entire ForecastWatch study visit:
Six Month Temperature Study 2013 PDF

About Global Weather Corporation:
Founded in 2009, Global Weather Corporation® (GWC) utilizes proprietary technology to produce the most accurate precision weather forecasts available, as validated by ForecastWatch. GWC serves a growing demand by businesses to improve decision making, increase operational efficiency, and support their business and consumer customers. GWC’s forecasts are available on-demand and are statistically tuned for any location in the world, delivered through a scalable web services framework. For more information visit:www.globalweathercorp.com.

About ForecastWatch:
ForecastWatch is the nation’s premier weather forecast monitoring and assessment company. A full-service, technology consulting firm, ForecastWatch compiles weather forecasts and observations at more than 1,200 locations around the world, including the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Central America, Africa and Asia Pacific. ForecastWatch also maintains a historical database of over 400 million weather forecasts from a number of providers.

Forecast Watch data and analysis has been used by meteorologists, utilities and energy companies, the agriculture industry, futures traders, and others whose business success depends on being right about the weather. Our data meets the highest standard of scientific inquiry, and has been used in several peer reviewed studies, including a paper published in the Monthly Weather Review. For more information visit: www.forecastwatch.com.

Contact:
Mark Flolid
mflolid@globalweathercorp.com

12
DEC

House, Senate Committees investigate meningitis outbreak

Published by Issues in Science and Technology - December 12, 2013

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18
JUL

Improving Forecasts: Storm of Controversy

Improving Forecasts: Storm of Controversy

Published by The Weather Channel - July 18, 2013 - By Andrew Freedman

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17
JUL

Bill to Shift NOAA Resources to Weather Marches On

Bill to Shift NOAA Resources to Weather Marches On

Published by Climate Central - July 17, 2013 - By Andrew Freedman

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27
SEP

Experts call on Congress to create first U.S. weather commission

Experts call on Congress to create first U.S. weather commission

Published by Science Daily - September 27, 2012 - By National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

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18
SEP

Global Weather Corp. Delivers Cost-Saving Wind Forecast Service to Xcel Energy

Global Weather Corp. Delivers Cost-Saving Wind Forecast Service to Xcel Energy

Utility saves $17 million and counting

Boulder, Colo. – Sept. 18, 2012 – Global Weather Corp. (GWC) announced completion of the first full-year operational deployment of its WindWXSM energy forecast service with Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL). This follows a multi-year R&D collaboration to develop the core technology, involving the nation’s number one wind power provider, Xcel Energy, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the world’s leading atmospheric research laboratory. The result is a new global standard for accuracy in wind power forecasting.

With WindWXSM, Xcel Energy estimates that it had about $2 million in incremental savings in 2011. In combination with previous collaboration efforts, Xcel Energy estimates that it has reduced its forecasting error by approximately 28 percent since 2009, for an annual recurring savings estimated at $6.7 million, or about $17 million through the second quarter of this year.

WindWXSM forecasts are provided every 15 minutes on a 24/7 basis for all of Xcel Energy’s service territory, which covers the nation’s heartland from Minnesota to Colorado to Texas. The WindWX system uses real-time wind turbine-level operating data to refine proprietary weather prediction models and applies sophisticated algorithms to forecast the amount of wind power that will be produced out to168 hours. The forecast is designed to help utilities make decisions about powering down less-efficient power plants when sufficient winds are forecasted, and to optimize allocation of wind resources in the energy market.

“Wind power is expected to represent at least 17 percent of the energy we provide in Colorado today, as we approach our goal of 30 percent renewable energy by 2020,” said David Eves, President and CEO of Public Service Company of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company. “GWC’s high accuracy forecasts are critical to achieving this goal.”

In the early morning hours of April 15, 2012, Xcel Energy’s system in Colorado also reached a significant milestone, and served 56.7 percent of its load with wind energy.

“Wind power production is difficult to forecast due to its variability, and inaccurate forecasts are costly,” said Xcel Energy Senior Trading Analyst Drake Bartlett. “The precision wind power forecasting service provided by GWC has significantly reduced our forecast error and allows us to know when to turn up or turn down coal- and natural gas-fired power plants. This saves us millions in production and market trading costs.”

“Our work with NCAR and Xcel Energy has enabled us to provide the most accurate wind power service globally,” said GWC CEO Mark Flolid. “We constantly monitor the accuracy of our forecast to ground truth at the wind farm which results in millions of dollars in measurable savings, because our customer has consistently better information to make critical scheduling and trading decisions.”

About Global Weather Corporation:
Founded in 2009, Global Weather Corporation® (GWC) utilizes proprietary technology to produce the most accurate precision weather forecasts available, as validated by ForecastWatch. GWC serves a growing demand by businesses to improve decision making, increase operational efficiency, and support their business and consumer customers. GWC’s forecasts are available on-demand and are statistically tuned for any location in the world, delivered through a scalable web services framework. For more information visit www.globalweathercorp.com.

6
SEP

Meteorology leaders press Congress for U.S. Weather Commission

Published by Washington Post - September 27, 2012 - By Jason Samenow

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