StormGeo has grown to become a global company with nearly 400 people in 22 offices in 16 countries.
In less than two decades, StormGeo has grown from being the brainchild of five young, enthusiastic, weather-loving entrepreneurs to become an international company with several global weather-support centers operating continuously year-round. The company now provides advanced solutions and decision support for weather sensitive operations worldwide to six key industries: Shipping, Offshore Oil & Gas, Onshore, Renewables, Media and Aviation.
Along the way, we have never lost our fascination with weather and the forces of Mother Nature. In fact, our passion for communicating the impact of forecasting and weather on businesses and everyday life has only grown.
We draw much of our inspiration from our location in Bergen, StormGeo’s birthplace and now global headquarters. Situated in the midst of seven mountains on the North Sea coast of Norway, Bergen is a center for maritime industries. Known for its rainy weather, the city also boasts leading institutions for weather research—the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen and the Bergen School of Meteorology, both founded by Vilhelm Bjerknes, one of the pioneers of modern meteorology and weather forecasting.
StormGeo started in 1997 as Storm Weather Center, a spinoff of Norway’s largest commercial broadcaster, TV2, headquartered in Bergen. In 1993, TV2 had revolutionized weather report broadcasts by showing the first animated fronts and pressure systems. Viewers loved the innovation, which quickly became an industry standard. TV2 meteorologist and TV presenter Siri Kalvig saw an opportunity to offer customized weather services to media outlets and other industries, and she began a venture in collaboration with TV2. TV2 was also the company’s first customer, along with VG, Norway’s largest newspaper.
Almost immediately, we saw that audiences beyond the general public were closely monitoring its forecasts. Specialized industry professionals such as energy traders were using the service as a tool for making important market decisions. From that realization, the current StormGeo was born.
In 1998, we created our first weather service for the growing hydroelectric power industry. We also reached into a broader oil and gas energy market, which relies heavily on accurate weather and sea forecasts to ensure safe operations. In the years that followed, we have continuously expanded our vision of weather communications to include new markets that benefit from our services. In response to customer demand, we have opened new offices and integrated acquired businesses to build the global, always-available services we provide today.
The acquisition of three companies has contributed to define what StormGeo is today. These companies are now part of the StormGeo Group—but also have their own legacy and proud history.
At end of 2011, StormGeo expanded its operation into the Middle East with the acquisition of the Dubai based weather forecasting company Met Consultancy FZ LLC. StormGeo had been servicing the MENA region since the late 1990’s but today is a growing office offering a broad range of services.
The following year the Houston-based ImpactWeather Inc. became a part of StormGeo. ImpactWeather is a leading provider of offshore and onshore weather monitoring, forecasting and alerting.
In 2014, StormGeo acquired Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT), headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. AWT is the world leading provider and weather and route forecasting for the shipping industry with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. Their services complement the offshore services of the group, making StormGeo a full-service supplier providing decision support to weather sensitive operations.
Our core mission has always remained the same: forecasting the consequences of weather on your business. How much energy will the precipitation produce? How will the oil rig respond to the state of the sea in tomorrow’s forecast? What is the optimal route for a vessel in terms of safety, time, fuel consumption and emissions? Where is the best place to put a wind farm and an individual turbine? Every one of us at StormGeo is thrilled to be asked and have the tools to answer these questions. It is our profound honor, and an intrinsic part of our heritage to support our customers with timely weather information and forecasts to improve their business decisions.