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Our Story

Since its founding in 1997, StormGeo today is a 400-person global company with 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 an international company with seven global weather-operations centers. The company now provides data science capability and weather forecast supporting countless business decisions worldwide. We serve seven key industries: Shipping, Oil & Gas, Marine Operations, Renewables, Aviation, Cross Industry and Media.

Along the way, we have never lost our fascination with the forces of weather. In fact, our passion for communicating the impact of 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 the author of modern weather Vilhelm Bjerknes, a pioneer of modern meteorology and weather forecasting.

The Origins of Modern Weather Forecasting

vilhelm bjeknes meterologisk instituttBefore the Norwegian physicist Vilhelm Bjerknes (1862–1951) introduced mathematics and physics into meteorology, weather forecasts were short term and unreliable at best, based on experience and scattered weather observations.

As a lecturer, Bjerknes shed light on the fundamental interaction between fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. He was the originator of the primitive equations that are used in climate models today. His work was applied to large-scale motions in the oceans and atmosphere, making modern weather forecasting possible.

In 1917, Bjerknes founded the Bergen School of Meteorology and the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen, where many of StormGeo’s talented scientists have trained. The Bergen School transformed the state of weather forecasting worldwide, introducing the new concepts of weather fronts and air masses. The Bergen School worked to define the motion of the atmosphere through the mathematics of the interactions between hydro- and thermo-dynamics. Bjerknes’ work made it possible to create mathematical predictions of the weather through systematic data analysis. “Sailors aim for the stars, not to reach them, but to hold a steady course. Do not forget about the stars.” His discoveries enabled meteorologists to predict and more accurately forecast the weather – especially in the longer term.

Where We Began

storm weather centerStormGeo 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, and it quickly became an industry standard. siri kalvikTV2 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.

Almost immediately, we saw that audiences beyond the general public were closely monitoring our 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.

Expanding Our Vision

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.

Innovation through Research

StormGeo’s high-resolution, in-house modeling, when combined with global models, helps us to deliver the best possible products in the market.

The driving force of the R&D team is innovation—to continuously improve weather forecasts by providing StormGeo Group Best Data Science for our customers. Since its inception, StormGeo Group has invested 20% of its revenues in research and development with the goal of providing the most accurate weather forecasts and decision support solutions on the market. Our scientific staff includes over 250 operational meteorologists, data scientists and industry experts operating seven, 24/7 forecasting centers worldwide.

Broadening Our Horizons

In 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 1990s, but today we have a growing office offering a broad range of services. The following year, we acquired Houston-based ImpactWeather Inc., 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 of weather and route forecasting for the shipping industry with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. Their services complemented the offshore services of the group, making StormGeo a full-service supplier providing decision support to weather sensitive operations.

In 2016, StormGeo acquired Nena, a leading analysis house delivering energy market insights. Nena provides price prognoses and market analysis to major utilities and trading entities, with weather data being a fundamental input component of its analysis. StormGeo currently provides energy trading analysis and services, and this acquisition complements StormGeo’s offering to propel the company into a leading position of production forecasts and price prognoses for the power markets.

Freedom to Perform

Today, StormGeo is a leading global weather-support services provider across seven key industries: Shipping, Oil & Gas, Marine Operations, Cross Industry, Renewables, Media and Aviation. Our core mission has always remained the same: To provide the most innovative decision support solutions and services for weather-sensitive operations—to help our clients safeguard people, assets and profits; improve business performance and find a competitive advantage.

How much energy will the precipitation produce?
How will the oilrig 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?

Every one of us at StormGeo is thrilled to be asked and are equipped with the tools to answer these questions. It is an intrinsic part of our heritage to support our customers with advanced weather forecasts, so you can make your next move with confidence.

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