Published by Popular Science - September 1, 2017 - By Kate Baggaley
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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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Brian Lustig, Bluetext PR for Earth Networks
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.
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.”
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.”
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
Published by Climate Central - March 17, 2017 - By Andrea Thompson
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