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03
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.comwww.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

03
DEC

Don't Let Climate Change Hinder the Economy

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

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

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.

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
SEP

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.

News Media Contacts:
Planalytics
David Frieberg
Vice President of Marketing
dfrieberg@planalytics.com

Global Weather Corporation
Mark Flolid
CEO
mflolid@globalweathercorp.com

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.