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Weather Source Brings Big Weather Data to Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform users now have on-demand access to OnPoint Weather from 2000 to present and with a forecast view of 10 days. OnPoint Weather allows users the ability to quickly correlate business information with weather data for useful and actionable business intelligence.

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A Major Upgrade To Our OnPoint API Service

A big upgrade to our OnPoint API service has rolled out. This refreshed weather API was thoughtfully designed to be backward compatible with the previous iteration of the OnPoint API.  There are several new features, and the removal of constraints that will greatly increase value and usability of the API.

Removal of Constraint

By far, the most requested enhancement to the OnPoint API was that we lift the “maximum 25 rows of data per request” limit. You have been heard! Queries are no longer limited to requests of 25 rows or less. You can now request of up to 1 year of data at a time using the “timestamp between” parameter. IMPORTANT: You will see significantly improved performance if you limit the “timestamp between” range to 1 month or less.

Added Features

  • Past weather data is now available back to 2007 for North America and 2000 Internationally.
  • A new OnPoint Climatology resource is available for all accounts with the “read_climatology” capability. Climatology is the statistics of weather over a period of time in the form of means and standard deviations. Climatology can be useful in two ways. The first allows one to compare weather to what should be ‘normal’ weather for a place and time. Weather parameters such as temperature, humidity, wind and precipitation can be differenced with climatology to get a ‘departure from normal’. The second use of climatology is as a long-range forecast.  Climatology gives a solid estimate of what to weather to expect for any location and any point in time.  Weather Source’s OnPoint Climatology supports nearly two million points globally with climatology information on hourly and daily increments.
  • A new Nowcast resource is available for all accounts with the “read_nowcast” capability. Nowcast is the current derived weather with global coverage and to-the-second precision.
  • Global lat/lon data (not just US data) is now available for all accounts with the “access_points” capability. Coverage is for all global landmasses (except Antarctica) and up to 200 miles offshore. The History, Forecast, Nowcast, Climatology, and Astronomy resources all have this regionally expanded capability.
  • Hourly and Daily weather forecasts are now available up to 10 days for both North America and International locations. This is increased from up to 7 days of forecast or 72 hours of forecast.
  • Support has been added for the following observations: Heat Index, Mean Sea Level Pressure, Solar Radiation, Wind Chill, 80m Wind Direction, 100m Wind Direction, 80m Wind Speed, and 100m Wind Speed.
  • Added convenience field groups (such as “all”, “allTemp”, “allPrecip”, and “popular”) that return logically related fields without having to exhaustively list them.

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March Was Colder Than February In Many Areas

So far, interesting weather has marked 2017. “Big” is the common theme to this year’s weather. Big rain, snow, and floods occurred in California. Big storms hit many parts of the country. And, the Northeastern US saw a big flip in typical temperatures in February and March.

Queue the Eye Candy…

Recently, a few weather geeks here at Weather Source pondered the ebb and flow of temperatures this winter. One of the (not-to-be-name) geeks mused, “March was a lot colder than February”. I said, “prove it”. And so, a short time later he sent image below. It is an analysis of OnPoint Weather showing average daily high temperatures for March differenced with average daily high temperatures for February. In the image, blue means March was colder than February, which was the case for much of the Eastern US.

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Considering March has the benefit of significantly more hours of sunshine, this cold flip is quite remarkable.

The Trend Over Time

The next image shows how this unfolded. In this chart we plot daily max temperature (dark orange) and corresponding climatology (light orange) from a point in the Northeastern US. This data is available in our OnPoint Weather database. The vertical line in the middle of the chart separates February and March. We see a sizable portion of February was well above normal, with a couple days in the 70s. By contrast, March temperatures were well below normal with a few days with daily max temperature below 20°F.

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So there it is – the Big Northeast Temperature Flip of 2017.  Weather anomalies like this don’t typically get much press compared to big storms and floods. This big flip has most certainly had economic impact.  We’re only 3 months into 2017 and it looks like more crazy weather will be heading our way. So stay tuned and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Resolution Matters With Weather Data

When it comes to weather data, resolution matters. Our competitors serve data from a 35 km grid. OnPoint Weather’s resolution is up to 47 times more dense. What does that look like?

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North American Grid

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Competitors' Grid

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But the difference is even more striking when you zoom in. This is when you realize the amount of data loss that occurs with a 35 km resolution.

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North American Grid

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Competitors' Grid

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Which dataset do you think will better surface weather sensitivities your geolocated business intelligence data? When this knowledge translates to improved business decisions and subsequent profits, what order of magnitude would you assign to the increased value of OnPoint Weather?

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A New Website and a Renewed Focus

For years now, our focus at Weather Source has been on our B2B solutions. With the maturing of our OnPoint Weather product – which offers global hyper-local weather data that is quality-checked, error-corrected, and gap-filled – we are better positioned than ever to meet the B.I. needs of our corporate clients. Our OnPoint API is an enterprise-class means of data distribution trusted by small business and FORTUNE 50 companies alike.

But our old website was architected around a low-quality B2C report product that was far afield from the company we had become. Having loosed ourselves from that yolk, we feel a renewed vigor rising up – a rekindled passion for our core mission.

We already lead the industry in past, present and forecast weather data with our OnPoint Weather product. Imagine what we will do next!

If you are just hearing about us for the first time, check out our Why Weather Source? page.

Weather Source Is On the Move

Weather Source™ continues to move ahead like a category 5 hurricane with the release of not only a new website but also version 3 of its patent-pending OnPoint® Platform which now includes access to climatology data in both hourly and daily format!

As part of the new website release, Weather Source will no longer be offering Past Weather Reports effective as of March 19, 2017.

Since 2011, we have offered the Past Weather Reports to customers via the Weather Source online store. The Past Weather Reports included raw government data from government weather stations. This data had significant limitations with respect to the number of locations and quality of data (up to 25% of raw government data has significant gaps, anomalies and errors).

The Past Weather Reports were a service we enjoyed providing to our customers and we learned a lot from providing this service, but with the release of OnPoint V3, our focus is now exclusively on providing enterprise and business quality weather data and ensuring OnPoint Weather data is the best in the business.

When we first started offering the Past Weather Reports, raw government data was not commonly available. However, it is now available online, for free, from several other sites, including:

Similar to our Past Weather Reports, the data on these sites is raw and of limited geographic scope.

With OnPoint Weather, we now have a complete and comprehensive continuum of past, present, and forecast global weather history data for all landmasses, and extending over 200 miles offshore, dating back to the year 2000.  Further, all of OnPoint Weather data is quality-checked, error-corrected, and gap-filled so you can rest assured you are using data of the highest quality and accuracy.

With the release of version 3, the OnPoint Platform is now also able to generate climatology data for additional in-depth analysis and correlation. OnPoint Climatology allows businesses and enterprises the ability to compare weather to what should be ‘normal’ weather for any place and point in time. Weather parameters such as temperature, humidity, wind and precipitation can be differenced with climatology data to get a ‘departure from normal’ and climatology data can also as an accurate long-range forecast using mean and standard deviations.

OnPoint Weather is available in easy to use CSV files or on-demand via the OnPoint API with subscriptions starting at $600/month. With OnPoint Weather, you are able to harness the power of comprehensive, accurate, and hyper-local past, present and forecast global weather data.

For more information, or to access OnPoint Weather, please contact us at sales@weathersource.com.

For support questions related to the online store or our Past Weather Reports, please email support@weathersource.com.

Lastly, please go easy on our sales and support staff. They are not responsible for the business decision to discontinue the online Past Weather Reports.

What Is Analytics?

It isn’t news that we are living in a data-driven world. And the pace at which data flows into our daily lives increases in such a way that makes it impossible to keep on top of it all.

When running a business, you collect a lot of past actual data in some format to use for various future forecast and budget activities.

Adding weather analytics to your company’s BI platform can help you find ways to reduce wasteful spending, increase ROI, optimize logistics, fine-tune marketing campaigns, improve resource planning, and so much more.

Simply put, “analytics” is turning your collected data into insights to know, for example, when to order supplies or help determine how many employees to have on a particular shift.

Analytics is changing everything from businesses and sports to government and healthcare.

Here’s a helpful definition from Wikipedia:
Analytics is the discovery, interpretation, and communication of meaningful patterns in data. Especially valuable in areas rich with recorded information, analytics relies on the simultaneous application of statistics, computer programming, and operations research to quantify performance. Analytics often favors data visualization to communicate insight.

By tracking several different types of data from past actual activity, you can apply formulas to that data (through software such as Microsoft Excel, or platforms such as Domo, Tableau, and Qlik) to gain insights that inform decisions to help you predict future activity and performance.

Sports analytics have been used for years. It’s where data, such as averages, performances, and tendencies of individual players have been recorded and shared out as statistics by player, by team, by league, and so on.

If you run a retail business, you have an understanding of the importance of price points with your competitors. You collect certain types of data and analyze it in a way that helps you remain in business.

In the healthcare field, medical professionals use analytics to gain direct access to data that can help improve performance and deliver better patient care.

In your own personal world, your smartphone is constantly tracking your location and how fast you are traveling. Fitness bands track your heart rate, number of steps taken, number of calories burned, and even how well you sleep. Data is collected and processed, and you use the analytic output to determine how much farther you want to go, how to choose better foods to eat, and how to improve the quality of your sleep.

Analytics is a way to improve your business (or your life) through knowledge gained from experience and past performance; it gives you the ability to understand data in a meaningful and new way.

The companies that use analytics to make insightful decisions are the companies that are moving ahead of their competitors. Isn’t that what you want to be doing?

Weather Source Delivers Next-Generation Business Intelligence with OnPoint Weather

Weather Source LLC, the world’s leading provider of on-demand past, present, and forecast weather data is now offering the next generation of OnPoint Weather. The result of years of research by top meteorologists, mathematicians, and data scientists, OnPOINT Weather is used by the majority of Fortune 50 companies to provide critical weather-related business intelligence and actionable insights that can increase revenues and lower costs.

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Weather for Business Intelligence (BI)

Modern Business Intelligence (BI) platforms enable companies to harness Big Data and leverage it in a way that is visual, complete, and insightful. BI empowers organizations with the knowledge and insight they need to make better business decisions and execute faster.

Weather for BI enables businesses to discover and learn how weather affects their sales, energy, product distribution, organizational performance, and more through analytics.

OnPoint Weather from Weather Source provides hyper-local past (back to the year 2000), present, and forecast weather.

When integrated into a BI platform such as Domo or Qlik, OnPoint Weather enables companies to analyze correlated weather information to proactively strategize operations, sales, and marketing to improve future performance and optimize profits.

OnPoint Weather turns granular data into meaningful BI results that enable companies anywhere in the world in any industry to:

  • Reduce wasteful spending
  • Increase ROI
  • Optimize logistics
  • Fine-tune marketing campaigns
  • Effectively plan for resource usage peaks and lulls
  • Increase management’s ability to forecast and plan
  • Optimize supply chains
  • Pinpoint times to purchase inventory
  • Adequately plan staffing
  • and more

Business intelligence with OnPoint Weather enables organizations to identify trends specific to their industry and locations. Companies can answer questions as to why one location is outperforming another, how to properly stock shelves and manage inventory purchases, how to maintain appropriate staff levels, why sales were higher (or lower) on a particular day, and what changes are needed to successfully manage their supply chains.

By using the high caliber of past weather data delivered through OnPoint Weather, companies can reach their performance, monetary goals, and other business milestones.

Imagine how empowered your management team can be if it can access past weather data to identify the weather sensitivities for your company through sales analytics, marketing analytics, and traffic analytics.

Why Weather Source and OnPoint Weather?

The Weather Source team has been using cutting-edge science, engineering, and meteorology expertise to deliver precise weather data since 2004.

OnPoint Weather is ‘on point’ and contiguous. No other weather information system is as complete or leverages a wealth of inputs such as radar, satellite, weather station observations, and a suite of weather analyses and models to accurately determine weather conditions worldwide.

OnPoint Weather provides the highest resolution of global weather data that businesses need to support their operations around the world.

Weather Source is a global provider of precision weather data. OnPoint Weather provides information precisely relevant to locations via ZIP Codes and Lat-Lon points for all major land masses and extends to more than 200 miles offshore.

Weather data is available instantaneously from the OnPoint API. Data retrieval is phenomenally fast and highly available and scalable through the API. Weather Source is able to process a virtually unlimited number of requests through numerous cloud-based servers.

Industries currently using the precise data supplied by OnPoint Weather include: automotive, aerospace, chemical, manufacturing, construction, banking, finance, entertainment, media, major league sports, film & broadcasting, healthcare, pharmaceutical, travel & tourism, energy, insurance, weather, computer, telecommunications, and more. State, local, and federal U.S. government agencies and top universities and academic institutions also use OnPoint Weather.

Business Intelligence (BI) is the wave of the future.

Business Intelligence is the ability to transform tremendous amounts of raw (structured and unstructured, external and internal) data into meaningful and useful information to use for analysis.

BI technologies use past, current, and future predictions to enable businesses to identify new opportunities and implement effective strategies for long-term growth and stability.

Companies need to have some type of BI process to remain competitive in their markets and industries. BI supports management in decisions pertaining to operations, strategic goals, benchmarking, performance management, analytical processing, reporting, and so much more.