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StormGeo Weather Studies
—Bridging Information Gaps

StormGeo Shipping Insights, August 2015
By Angela Reside, MSc Meteorologist

The goal of the Weather Studies department at StormGeo is to provide clients with the most comprehensive weather data available for analysis. When responding to requests, our experts ensure that the most precise information is provided to the client; however, there are times when limitations arise. This can include anything from low model resolution to nonexistent data. In such cases, StormGeo Weather Studies department develops and utilizes creative sources in order to provide the most complete, detailed weather report.

Sources

Currently, StormGeo obtains both actual and forecast weather data from several sources including, but not limited to:

  • NCEP Global Forecast System (GFS) weather model
  • WaveWatch III (WW3) wave model
  • Various satellite imagery and instrumentation
  • Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM) current data
  • Drifting and stationary buoys
  • Many other observational stations
  • ECMWF

Combined, these sources (and others) are used to produce high-resolution data together with even higher resolution nested grids at key locations around the world. When a weather request is received, the Weather Studies team will explore the data within these StormGeo weather sources and models to create the needed reports. The information gained can lead to many benefits, including resolution of disputes regarding lay time and Weather Working Days.

Case Studies

An example case where the Weather Studies department was able to work beyond a limitation can be seen from a client that requested weather data in the Malacca Strait to Port Kelang for a day in July 2010 (see image below). Because the Malacca Strait is fairly narrow in the south, it was difficult to obtain all of the necessary data. In order to overcome this obstacle, the analyst researched weather models with a high-resolution nested grid in the area. Once the data was found, it was downloaded into a data processor that created charts, tables, and animated maps, allowing for further exploration. After a complete analysis of the data, a full report was distributed to the client that was able to protect their interests regarding a dispute.

Newsletter August 2015

Sample of the post processed model data from the Malacca Strait example.

Another example comes from a client that requested precipitation data for a location in China. Unfortunately, many weather observation stations throughout the world do not record certain weather parameters. When this is the case, the precipitation amounts are not available. In order to obtain this data, the weather studies department used information from the National Climate Data Center, the StormGeo Satellite Estimated Precipitation data, and a local weather station to produce the required precipitation amounts. This merged data allowed the client to make a better determination of when to load and unload sensitive cargo that could become a hazard when moisture is introduced.

AWT Insights, august 2015

Sample of the precipitation data obtained for the request in China.

In conclusion, StormGeo Weather Studies department is able to provide a wide range of weather data in the most useful format from raw weather data to statistical analysis, despite the many potential hurdles to obtain this information. When limitations occur, StormGeo’s Weather Studies department is prepared to go above and beyond standard models and data to find alternate sources in order to provide clients with a comprehensive report.