MEDIA ADVISORY: Earth Networks to Host Sixth Annual Energy Trader Seminar – Winter Outlook 2011-2012

Germantown, MD – September 26, 2011 – Following  a record-setting summer heatwave that pushed North American power demand to new all-time highs, what does the upcoming winter season hold for energy markets across the northern hemisphere?

To explore the topic and help energy traders better prepare for the months ahead,
Earth Networks™, the owner of WeatherBug® and operator of the largest weather, lightning and climate observation networks, is hosting the sixth annual Earth Networks Energy Trader Seminar - Winter Outlook 2011-2012. The event will be held in conjunction with CME Group, the Commodity Weather Group (CWG) and EarthRisk Technologies.

The annual forum is conducted for professionals in the energy trading community and utilities markets to hear experts discuss industry news, emerging technology, and the impact of upcoming winter weather on global energy markets. Experts and researchers will present materials and lead an interactive dialogue during a panel discussion on the upcoming seasonal forecast and the potential industry effects.

 Earth Networks Sixth Annual Energy Trader Seminar - Winter Outlook 2011-2012.

WHEN: Thursday, October 6, 2011, 2-8 p.m. (includes 6-8 p.m. cocktail reception)

WHERE: The Westin New York at Times Square, 270 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

HOW: The media are invited to attend and may also schedule one-on-one interviews with an Earth Networks - WeatherBug meteorologist. To RSVP or schedule an interview, please contact Rachel Hunt (301) 250-4046,

Agenda topics include:

2:40 – 3:00: 2010 and 2011 Winter Seasons: Temperature Extremes in the Northern Hemisphere
Speaker:  Kristen Guirguis, Postdoctoral Scholar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

3:00 – 3:30:
Large-Scale Circulation Patterns and High-Impact Weather During the Winter of 2010-2011

Speaker: Thomas Galarneau, Project Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)          

3:30 – 3:45: Networking Break

3:45 – 4:15: Using Weather to Better Optimize Energy Load
Speaker: David Oberholzer, Director, Energy Products and Business Development, Earth Networks

4:15 – 4:30: Networking Break

4:30 – 6:00: 
North American Energy Seasonal Outlook: Winter 2011-12 Seasonal Weather Forecast Panel
Speaker: Jeff Manna, Meteorologist, Director, Citigroup Energy
Speaker: Joel Widenor, Vice President, Commodity Weather Group 
Speaker: Ed O’Lenic, Chief, Operations Branch, NOAA-NWS Climate Prediction Center
Moderator: John Bosse, Director, Energy and Government Services, Earth Networks

About Earth NetworksSM
As the provider of advanced weather data for nearly 20 years, Earth Networks (formerly AWS) operates the world’s largest weather observation and lightning detection networks and is building what will become the largest greenhouse gas monitoring network. Observations from Earth Networks inform and alert consumers, enterprises and governments around the world, providing them with advanced environmental intelligence for decision making and safety. The company’s popular WeatherBug website, desktop application and mobile apps provide millions of consumers with real-time, local weather information and dangerous severe weather alerts. Enterprise solutions from Earth Networks enable organizations, including energy and utilities, agriculture, schools, sports and recreation, emergency operations and government entities, to safeguard lives, prepare for weather and climate events and improve business operations. Earth Networks ( is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with offices in Mountain View, Calif.; New York, NY; Milan, Italy and a local presence in 50 countries worldwide.


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