MDA EarthSat is now providing hourly weather forecasts through a revamped hourly interface system. This service provides a reference tool for individuals in industries such as wind, gas and electric utilities, and other load-monitoring tasks. In the system, ten forms of model guidance create a “first pass” forecast, which is then analyzed and adjusted by EarthSat Weather’s experienced team of meteorologists. About 500 locations are available for the United States and Canada. However, additional locations within the U.S. and Canada as well as other international areas can be added as needed.
Along with forecasts, clients can expand on their service and request daily conference call briefings. At this time, the company can discuss upcoming weather extremes and risks including frontal passage timing, odd-hour peaks, and thunderstorm activity. In comparison to other hourly forecasts, two independent vendors have declared MDA EarthSat’s forecast most accurate in the day-ahead time frame. The mean average error beats RAW model guidance and statistically-tuned guidance as well as the National Weather Service forecasts for nearly 100% of the stations. “While there will always be some uncertainty in weather forecasting, the technology we have developed is continuously learning and has achieved skill scores unparalled in the near term, to the day ahead, and even to the extended periods,” said Travis Hartman, Energy Weather Manager and Meteorologist.
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