Extended-Range Hurricane and Extreme Weather Forecasts Now Available to the Energy Sector

Germantown, MD – June 6, 2012 – In time for the start of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Earth NetworksSM, the owner of WeatherBug® and operator of the largest weather, lightning and climate observation networks, is offering an innovative suite of long-term weather and climate forecasting tools called OmniCast as part of its Energy Solutions portfolio.
The OmniCast product suite is designed to provide professionals in the energy sector with insight into potential extreme weather events -- including hurricanes and heat waves -- up to 32 days in advance, in addition to daily, weekly, and seasonal forecasts of temperature trends.

Developed by renowned weather and climate scientists at Climate Forecast Applications Network (CFAN) as part of an initiative with the Georgia Institute of Technology, OmniCast is a Software-as-a-Service (Saas) product suite originally developed for use by a major petroleum provider to forecast events with the potential to disrupt supply, drilling, refining and transport activities. After several years of successful use and refinement, OmniCast is now available more broadly across the energy sector to energy traders, utilities and energy companies through a new partnership agreement between Earth Networks and CFAN.

The Earth Networks Energy Solutions portfolio includes comprehensive weather data, meteorological forecasting and consulting services, and visualization and decision-support tools. These products and services provide critical real-time weather insight to energy and demand-side professionals for making informed decisions regarding power generation and trading, power transmission and distribution, gas trading, and integrated demand-side management.

OmniCast incorporates the latest research in weather and climate dynamics, prediction, extreme weather events and impacts with decision-support tools. The product suite provides at-a-glance dashboard views to support energy traders in making quick decisions during the trading day, while also supporting more in-depth meteorological analysis.  

The OmniCast suite includes the following modules, which can be purchased separately or in combination:

 ·         North Atlantic Tropical Activity: OmniCast provides twice-daily outlooks of tropical activity, including tropical waves, depressions, storms, and hurricanes for the next 15 days in key Atlantic Basin production regions. Subscribers receive a daily forecast summary, an extended forecast for tropical cyclone landfall, and probabilistic tropical cyclone formation forecasts. Extended forecasting out to 32 days for regional risk and tropical cyclone potential, and probabilistic impact graphics including the threat from high surface winds are also provided.

·         15-Day U.S. Temperature Forecasts: OmniCast includes forecasted maximum and minimum departures from normal temperatures for the next two weeks for more than 100 U.S. locations, U.S. maps of minimum and maximum temperatures, and additional in-depth meteorological components that support more detailed analysis.

·         Seasonal Forecasts: OmniCast provides a weekly forecast summary that includes the heat or cold potential for major metropolitan regions across the U.S. and five-day average temperature plots for the U.S. and Europe. Additional in-depth meteorological components include height, temperature, pressure and circulation anomalies (teleconnections) and high-latitude interaction.

·         Monthly Temperature Forecasts: OmniCast provides users with a monthly forecast summary, a four-month regional temperature anomaly outlook table, and an overview of temperature and precipitation anomalies for the next six months for the U.S. and Europe. Graphics depict the probability of temperature anomalies across the U.S. Other in-depth meteorological components include hemispheric height and temperature anomalies, El Niño - La Niña Southern Oscillation (ENSO), sea surface temperatures and teleconnections.

“Battle tested for the past five years by one of the nation’s largest energy trading firms, OmniCast is known to deliver quality forecasts that enable traders to get out in front of market-changing weather,” says John Bosse, Director of Energy Services at Earth Networks. “OmniCast incorporates advances in the international modeling community and provides sophisticated technological tools required by the weather-savvy energy sector. For example, OmniCast leverages the tremendous value of the model from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts to bring a high level of value to the energy sector. Unlike solutions that average ensemble performance and miss potential market-moving extremes, OmniCast is able to identify and preserve extreme forecast outcomes. We are pleased to include this offering in our Energy Solutions suite to provide a complete range of forecast products for the energy sector.”

Learn more about OmniCast by visiting http://www.earthnetworks.com/Products/OmniCast, or by emailing energy@earthnetworks.com.

About Earth NetworksSM
As a provider of comprehensive atmospheric data for nearly 20 years, Earth Networks is “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” with the world’s largest weather observation, lightning detection, and greenhouse gas monitoring networks and is establishing a network for collecting data within the planetary boundary layer. The company’s popular WeatherBug website, desktop application and mobile apps for major smartphone platforms provide real-time neighborhood-level weather and advanced severe weather alerts to millions of consumers. Enterprise solutions from Earth Networks enable organizations and markets, 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. Founded in 1993, Earth Networks (www.earthnetworks.com) is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with additional locations in Mountain View, Calif.; New York, NY; Milan, Italy and a local presence in 50 countries worldwide.

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