One thing that has hobbled the National Weather Service in getting data to its offices…and to us…is that their data connection has been fairly slow. Too slow for the new high-resolution models to be sent at full resolution via their satellite feed. Well, that’s about to change, in a big way!
The satellite delivered data feed called NOAAport is the lifeblood of data to National Weather Service offices nationwide. The local forecast offices send the data to the NWS via fiber; everyone gets that data back via this satellite feed. And, starting September 1, if all goes well, that feed will more than triple in speed…to faster than the average cable modem speed. And that’s saying a bunch!
One of things we have been also doing is doing quality analysis for this new feed. It’s currently in “beta”, if you will, and I’ve been finding things that have caused others to avoid pitfalls, and have helped the National Weather Service, and educational institutions, see issues and also maximize those feeds for their potential. We want our partners in the educational community to have the best data for research, and by giving back in this way, they can learn about our atmosphere using data that, who knows…might lead to the next step in the understanding of our atmosphere!
Why is this important for AllisonHouse customers? In the near future, more and reliable data and models will be sent across that feed to us. We eagerly await GOES-R data, with amazing resolution, both spatial and temporal, that will change satellite meteorology forever, in the years to come. Then there’s new model data—oodles of it coming! A lot of it is either under wraps or in the planning stages right now. But starting in late September, the popular High Resolution Rapid Refresh model will be available over this feed as soon as it becomes available, with more parameters to choose from, hot off our satellite dishes!
As these new data sources and the various model output come online, AllisonHouse is committed to not only bring you the latest and greatest at the best possible price, but also more value, and to help you make the best choices for however weather affects you or your institution. In the future, as NOAAport adds more satellite imagery and data, we’ll work with our partners to integrate them into their software as well. This means better data and information for you, to help you see what is happening more clearly. And that means better decision-making. Whether you are a weather spotter, wondering if the water park should be shut down, or should I really drive into THAT?….AllisonHouse will continue to be the place where you bring the awesome…as we thank you, our awesome customers! And we’ll keep you updated as to the new data available coming to us…and to you…in the months and years to come.