Aug 17

BBC Weather Contract Awarded to MeteoGroup


Richard Sadler, Chairman of the Board, MeteoGroup

The BBC has awarded the contract for the provision of its weather services to MeteoGroup from Spring 2017 following a regulated procurement process. MeteoGroup believes it will be a close cultural fit and natural partner of the BBC, sharing its values and vision for the provision of weather data and graphics.

MeteoGroup will provide the highest quality forecasting and state-of-the art graphics solutions for weather services on all BBC platforms, TV, radio, web and mobile, worldwide.

MeteoGroup is a world-leading commercial weather company, headquartered in the UK it has offices in 16 countries employing 450 staff. Quality is at the heart of all its operations and the success of the company internationally has been based on its ability to deliver demonstrably better weather forecasts and solutions.

Founded in 1986, MeteoGroup has thirty years’ experience of delivering weather solutions to the media and other weather-critical markets worldwide. Here in the UK, MeteoGroup has more customers than any other commercial weather company, including national broadcasters, regional and national press, energy, offshore and shipping companies. The majority of the UK’s roads network also rely on MeteoGroups’ winter forecast services.

Richard Sadler, MeteoGroup Chairman commented “MeteoGroup is honoured to have been chosen to partner with the worlds’ leading broadcaster. The BBC is dedicated to offering the best possible weather service to its’ audience and it has been a demanding selection process. I am delighted that MeteoGroup has emerged from this process as the successful bidder based on rigorous award criteria, including our forecasting and the quality of our visuals.”

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About MeteoGroup:

MeteoGroup is one of the world’s leading full-service B2B weather solutions businesses, operating across all sectors where weather impacts decision making. We provide innovative tools and support which assist our customers to communicate weather to the public or to make critical business decisions creating value, saving costs, minimising risk and managing environmental impact. Our team of expert and experienced meteorologists is available 24/7 to deliver the highest quality analysis and advice. With over 450 employees operating in 16 countries across the world, MeteoGroup provides local services to a global audience.

In addition to the weather solutions we provide to corporate, industrial and media customers, MeteoGroup is also the company behind the best-selling mobile apps WeatherPro and MeteoEarth and numerous weather websites.

MeteoGroup is backed by General Atlantic, one of the largest private investments firms in the world whose focus is building industry leaders in high growth sectors.

Aug 15

NOAA: Atlantic hurricane season still expected to be strongest since 2012

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Forecasters now expect 70-percent chance of 12–17 named storms

In its updated 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, NOAA calls for a higher likelihood of a near-normal or above-normal season, and decreases the chance of a below-normal season to only 15 percent, from the initial outlook issued in May. The season is still expected to be the most active since 2012.

Forecasters now expect a 70-percent chance of 12–17 named storms, of which 5–8 are expected to become hurricanes, including 2–4 major hurricanes. Theinitial outlook called for 10–16 named storms, 4–8 hurricanes, and 1–4 major hurricanes. The seasonal averages are 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

“We’ve raised the numbers because some conditions now in place are indicative of a more active hurricane season, such as El Niño ending, weaker vertical wind shear and weaker trade winds over the central tropical Atlantic, and a stronger west African monsoon,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “However, less conducive ocean temperature patterns in both the Atlantic and eastern subtropical North Pacific, combined with stronger wind shear and sinking motion in the atmosphere over the Caribbean Sea, are expected to prevent the season from becoming extremely active.”

“Given these competing conditions, La Niña, if it develops, will most likely be weak and have little impact on the hurricane season,” added Bell. NOAA announced that La Niña is slightly favored to develop during the hurricane season.

To date, there have been five named storms, including two hurricanes (Alex and Earl). Four made landfall: Bonnie (in South Carolina), Colin (in western Florida), Danielle (in eastern Mexico), and Earl (in Belize and Mexico).

As we move into the peak of hurricane season, when hurricanes are most frequent and often at their strongest, NOAA urges coastal residents to make sure they have their hurricane preparedness plans in place and to monitor the latest forecasts. Learn how NOAA forecasts hurricanes.

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