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The Weather Company, an IBM Business, Named Official Weather Partner of NASCAR

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NASCAR and The Weather Company, an IBM Business, announced today a multi-year agreement that will optimize the weather-related decision process for NASCAR as it incorporates hyper-local weather data and forecasts into their races to improve race-day operations and fan engagement.

 

As part of the agreement, The Weather Company, via The Weather Channel brand, becomes the Official Weather Partner of NASCAR.

In collaboration with Flagship Solutions Group, The Weather Company will provide critical weather information to NASCAR through an advanced weather insights dashboard developed by Flagship that will be integrated into NASCAR’s racing operations and decision support system.

Additionally, The Weather Channel will work with NASCAR on educational content, which will present fans with information on things like how weather impacts vehicle performance.

“There is an enormous amount of logistics and planning needed to support a NASCAR race, but the one thing we do not have control over is weather,” said Elton Sawyer, NASCAR vice president, officiating and technical inspection. “This partnership with The Weather Company and Flagship Solutions Group will provide NASCAR access to critical information that can improve race operations and help minimize delays, while improving the race day experience for millions of our loyal fans.”

Through this partnership, NASCAR will now have access to The Weather Company’s world-renowned weather data, as well as direct input from an onsite personal weather station, at each race. The Weather Company produces the most accurate forecast for more than 2 billion locations around the world every 15 minutes. NASCAR will incorporate hyper-local weather data and forecasts into their races to improve race-day operations and fan engagement.

“Every business needs a weather strategy – and this is especially true for a partner like NASCAR where every race has the potential to be impacted by weather,” said Bill Dow, head of media and entertainment for The Weather Company. “Having access to the most accurate, precise, and hyperlocal weather information positions NASCAR to make more informed and timely, critical business decisions that impact race day operations, as well as improve planning for future events that will help drive their success.”

The Weather Track, a real-time, weather insights dashboard, developed on the IBM Cloud and leveraging Flagship Solutions’ trademarked Infralytics™ methodology, will provide critical information including rain start and stop times, wind speed, lightning proximity, tornado/flash flood warnings, and more to help organizers optimize each event. Longer term, NASCAR plans to use weather forecasting and analytics to help improve planning.

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October 6, 2017 at 3:13 pm

Harvey Tech

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Harvey clearly doesn’t know when it’s time to leave.

His remnants blew back inland to Port Arthur, Beaumont, and Western Louisana overnight, with one National Weather Service report indicating Harvey has now dumped 52 incnes of rain at at least one location east of Houston.

Keep on moving, Harvey, we hardly knew ye.

Amidst all this weather churn, of course, many businesses in the affected areas have struggled to, literally and figuratively, keep the lights — and their IT systems — on.

The Wall Street Journal’s “CIO Journal” this morning featured a story that led with this headline: “Houston Companies Rally to Keep Technology Operations Going.”

A few snippets:

Companies and organizations in the Houston area are scrambling to ride out Tropical Storm Harvey by maintaining around-the-clock oversight of information technology systems — in some cases outfitting technology hubs with sleeping cots — while shifting key business applications to the cloud and closely monitoring the status of the power grid and online providers.
– via WSJ

The largest IT challenge has been disruptions to inbound and outbound calls on landline phones, Mr. Eardley said. The hospital has worked with carriers to fix the problems.
– via WSJ

Food distributor Sysco, based in Houston, moved some core applications to cloud providers ahead of the storm, “diminishing our reliance on ground infrastructure,” a spokeswoman told CIO Journal.
– via WSJ

One local data center, Equinix, has been online without a single outage since the storm and flooding began, the WSJ reports, and is currently operating on utility power but able to switch over to generators as needed.

Another vector: Social media has played an instrumental role in Harvey, using Facebook, Twitter, and other tools for everything from raising a virtual SOS for needed rescue to helping families and friends find and check in on one another throughout the storm.

Fast Company reports that Snap’s Harvey “Our Stories” feature had as many as 300,000 posts submitted to it, and its Map section has helped present up-to-date info on areas in need of emergency assistance.

Local and federal agencies are also using this kind of information to build faster and more efficient disaster responses, with FEMA employing people who now “listen” to social media to better understand specific locational need and then use that information to better apply resources.

When people make the inevitable comparisons between Katrina and Harvey, it’s easy to forget that, at the time of Katrina, Facebook was largely used by college students, and Twitter hadn’t even yet been born.

Twelve years is an enternity in tech time….just as five endless days has been an eternity for those caught in the midst of Harvey’s wrath.

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August 30, 2017 at 8:59 am

Posted in 2017, harvey, tech, weather

The Harvey Wallbanger

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Well, here we are in Central Texas, not eagerly awaiting the arrival of Harvey (Wallbanger) the hurricane. It’s been a while since our last big named storm (Hurricane Ike, 2008), and oh how quickly we can forget what happened and how bad it hit places (like Galveston) along the Texas Gulf Coast.

The latest reports have Harvey having strengthened to a Category 2 storm overnight, and could make landfall as a Category 3 or higher, with winds of at least 11 miles per hour.

After it makes landfall, Harvey is expected to loom over Texas and dump more than 35 inches of rain in some areas, so low-lying areas are not the place you want to hang out for Harvey.

Here in Austin, we expect to get several inches, but nobody knows until Harvey makes his arrival, but it’s definitely the coastal cities that need be most concerned.

I’ve dug up a few social and digital resources for those who still have power in the storm area, or also for those just interested in keeping track of Harvey’s wallbanging:

Hashtag: #harvey, #hurricaneharvey

NY Times on Twitter: @NYTNational, @mannyNYT, @alanblinder, @ckrausss

Weather: @weatherchannel or www.weatherchannel.com, @NWS (National Weather Service), @NWSSPC (Storm Prediction Center), @accuweather

Satellites: @NOAASatellites

Hurricane Specialists: @53d_HHA (US Air Force Hurricane Hunters), @NOAA_HurrHunter) NOAA Hurricane Hunters

If you’re in any of those areas, wherever you decide to flee to higher ground or ride out the storm, please, be safe and be smart.

Written by turbotodd

August 25, 2017 at 9:23 am

Posted in texas, weather

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Chase the Total Solar Eclipse

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Millions of consumers depend on The Weather Channel and weather.com for their daily forecasts, breaking weather news, and the latest in health and travel. And, on August 21, they will be able to experience a solar eclipse like never before.

The Weather Channel digital properties and Twitter have teamed up for a live stream of this once-in-a lifetime celestial event, which will allow consumers to chase the total solar eclipse in real time as it moves from coast-to-coast.

“This eclipse is a once-in-a-hundred-year event, and we’re going to party like it’s New Year’s Eve,’” said Neil Katz, head of global content and editor-in-chief, The Weather Company, an IBM Business. “This eclipse is a celestial phenomenon and cultural moment that can’t be missed, and we couldn’t imagine a better partner than Twitter to celebrate this with.”

“Chasing Eclipse 2017” Live Stream

The interactive live coverage for “Chasing Eclipse 2017” kicks off at noon ET on August 21. The Weather Channel digital coverage will immerse viewers in totalities from 10 locations along the eclipse path – from the ground and from space – and join the fun celebrations taking place across the country.

Live locations include: Stanley, ID; Carbondale, IL; St. Joseph’s, MO; Alliance, NE; Hopkinsville, KY; McMinnville, OR; Belton, SC; Nashville, TN; and Casper, WY.

Hosted in-studio by meteorologists Ari Sarsalari and Domenica Davis, “Chasing Eclipse 2017” will feature:

  • High-resolution and aerial drone footage from Weather’s network of storm trackers as the eclipse moves along the path of totality
  • User-generated content from Twitter
  • Live updates from eclipse viewing parties with weather.com field reporters
  • Special hyperlocal eclipse footage from TEGNA partner stations in Portland, OR; Boise, ID; Denver, CO; St. Louis, MO; Knoxville, TN; and Columbia, SC
  • Red Bull Cliff Diving event featuring athletes diving under the shadows of the eclipse. Surface mirrors will reflect stunning images of the divers and the eclipse.
  • Real-time eclipse footage from NASA
  • “Fact Off” game show featuring the hosts from “Part-Time Genius” podcast
  • Interactive social segments
  • Live coverage of an #Eclipse2017 joint wedding
  • IP-based broadcast production technology and support supplied by NewTek

“We are thrilled to partner with The Weather Channel and their award-winning digital editorial team for coverage of this momentous occasion,” Anthony Noto, COO, Twitter. “The ‘Chasing Eclipse 2017’ live stream allows people around the world to watch and join the #Eclipse2017 conversation as it unfolds live on Twitter.”

“Chasing Eclipse 2017” will be available via The Weather Channel app, weather.com, and Twitter. The live stream will be available for free to logged-in and logged-out users on Twitter as well as connected devices globally.

Viewers will be able to access the live stream at http://eclipse2017.twitter.com or via @weatherchannel. To join the conversation and submit content for “Chasing Eclipse 2017,” tweet with #Eclipse2017.

For more information, visit http://features.weather.com/eclipse. The Weather Channel (weather.com) is part of The Weather Company, an IBM Business.

The Weather Company, an IBM Business

The Weather Company helps people take action in the face of weather. As part of IBM’s Watson Content & IoT Platform, it powers new possibilities of decision making, informed by billions of data inputs and enabled by leading cognitive technology.

The company offers personalized insights and the most accurate forecasts globally to millions of consumers and thousands of marketers and businesses through its business solutions division and its own digital products from The Weather Channel and Weather Underground.

The company delivers around 25 billion forecasts daily. Its products include the world’s most downloaded weather app, a network of 250,000 personal weather stations, a top-20 U.S. website, one of the world’s largest IoT data platforms, and industry-leading business solutions. Weather Means Business — the world’s biggest brands in aviation, energy, insurance, media and government rely on The Weather Company for data, technology platforms and services to help improve decision-making and respond to weather’s impact on business. For more, visit theweathercompany.com.

Written by turbotodd

August 16, 2017 at 9:39 am

Posted in ibm, internet of things, space, weather

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The Weather Channel Launches Advanced Global Radar App

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The Weather Company, an IBM Business, announced today that its consumer brand, The Weather Channel, has launched a new, highly advanced global radar app for iPhone and Android devices.

The Storm Radar App places the most accurate, detailed, and advanced weather and storm tracking data directly in the hands of individuals across the globe – providing them with the necessary information to help them prepare for safety when severe weather strikes.

Utilizing sophisticated forecasting models and leveraging over 800 data sources, as well as the expertise of over 160 meteorologists – the largest in the private sector – The Weather Company is able to generate hyperlocal forecasts for over 2.2 billion locations across the globe every 15 minutes.

Taking weather information to the next level, the Storm Radar App provides eight hours of high-resolution past-to-future radar data, over 20 map layers, as well as hyperlocal current condition and forecast information based on data collected from the company’s network of over 250,000 personal weather stations across the globe. The Storm Radar App helps prepare users for impending weather via customizable storm tracking and real-time weather data layers.

Features of the app include:

  • Global Future Radar: Two hours of animated past radar and six hours of cutting-edge, forecasted future radar across land and sea
  • Storm Tracks: Detailed analysis of impending severe weather, including storm arrival time, strength rating, detailed components of the storm (such as wind, hail, lightning, and tornadoes), the speed and direction of the storm, the precipitation rate, storm tracker data, and more
  • Hurricanes and Tropical Storms: Historical and forecasted paths, complete with wind speed, strength, arrival times, and the cone of uncertainty
  • Lightning: 100 miles of lightning data for the Continental U.S.
  • Local Storm Reports and Severe Weather Alerts: Local radar and global severe weather warnings and alerts from anywhere in the U.S. and around the globe from NOAA, National Weather Service (NWS), Environment Canada, and MeteoAlarm
  • Customizable Data Layers: Severe weather alerts, local storm reports, wind, temperature and precipitation overlays, earthquake info, and more

 

To help users prepare for the Atlantic hurricane season, summer thunderstorms and other seasonal severe weather around the world, The Storm Radar App is available for global audiences and is free to download on mobile devices within the App Store or Google Play.

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June 22, 2017 at 10:30 am

The Weather Company and Lyft Collaborate On Personalized Recommendations

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The Weather Company, an IBM Business, announced today that it has collaborated with Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and the popular ride-sharing service Lyft to provide Made for Samsung app users with personalized transportation recommendations.

The new integration syncs Google calendar events with forecasts for a user’s selected location, providing the forecast for those specific events as well as the ability to get a Lyft to the event if they choose to do so.

As part of this seamless experience, Made for Samsung App users will see a Lyft section in their event card. When a user clicks on the Lyft section they will be directed to the Lyft app (or the app store if the Lyft app is not installed) to book their ride. 

As one of the initial launch partners of the Made for Samsung Developer Program last year, The Weather Channel collaborated with Samsung to co-develop a unique weather experience. The Weather Channel for Samsung app is an exclusive app designed for Samsung smartphones, including the soon-to-be-released Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, as well as Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, and Galaxy Note5.

With the expansion of the platform, The Weather Channel invites service providers to connect with its users in a new and engaging way by helping them better understand people’s needs throughout their day.

“We know that weather can impact many areas of our lives and our users check our site and apps multiple times a day for the latest information. With this in mind, we want to seamlessly connect multiple services to help our users efficiently navigate the elements, streamline travel activities and potentially save time and money by providing them with the right information at the right time during their day,” said Domenic Venuto, general manager, consumer division, The Weather Company. “This is a great example of how we’re delivering on our goal to instill confidence and actively help people make better decisions.”

“With this integration with the Samsung mobile app and The Weather Company, we’re able to help users get from one place to another quickly and safely in varying weather conditions,” said Insiya Lokhandwala, director of strategic partnerships, Lyft. “We’re excited to collaborate with The Weather Channel on this new feature to provide users with enhanced service and travel experiences.”

The Lyft integration feature is now accessible for app users within the U.S., while The Weather Channel for Samsung App is accessible globally within the Galaxy Apps store.

Written by turbotodd

April 12, 2017 at 9:15 am

Posted in 2017, ibm, lyft, ridesharing, weather

The Weather Company Named Most Accurate Forecaster

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The Weather Company, an IBM business, was shown to be the most accurate forecaster in a study by ForecastWatch, the U.S.’s premier authority in meteorological validation.

The study named The Weather Company’s consumer brands The Weather Channel and Weather Underground as the most accurate forecasters overall across diverse geographic regions and time periods covered.

The study evaluated the top forecasting services in three regions independently: the United States since 2010, and Europe and Asia Pacific since 2013. Within each region, data was broken out into three different forecast time ranges.

According to ForecastWatch, The Weather Company was the overwhelming leader, offering the most accurate one- to three-day and three- to five-day forecasts in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and the most accurate six- to nine-day forecasts in the U.S. and Asia. The study collected forecasts from eleven different providers and analyzed a total of more than 139.3 million forecasts.

“Our users and clients turn to us to help them make weather-related decisions with confidence. This study shows The Weather Company as the undisputed accuracy leader, confirming the trust of more than 250 million people who choose The Weather Company for weather information every month,” said Mary Glackin, senior vice president of science and forecasting operations at The Weather Company. “Making a claim is easy, but backing it up takes continued effort and focus on who you’re serving. With IBM, we’ve stepped up investment and made a dedicated effort toward advancing our forecasting skill in 2016.”

You can learn more about The Weather Company here.

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December 24, 2016 at 9:34 am

Posted in 2016, ibm, internet of things, weather

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