Four students from Penn State have set their sights on merging meteorology with industry by delivering critical weather information to decision makers using advanced visualization techniques. The students, Seth Cohen, Steve Hallett, Nathan Lis and Andy Moffitt are in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State and founded Innovation Weather, LLC in 2017. The group is providing new, innovative products and services designed to help mitigate meteorological hazards. From what I understand, they are focused on developing algorithms to dimish risk in agriculture, turfgrass and commodities trading. With that in mind, they have created a suite of products, which include their keynote item, the “Frost Formation Probability”. With it, the team uses algorithms that combine a variety of weather variables to determine the likelihood that frost will form in an area of interest under certain meteorological conditions. The algorithm has been rigorously tested for regions within the U.S., as well as for select international locations, such as South America and Europe. Amazingly, the product can provide up to 60 hours of lead time before the frost will occur. Their frost probability maps look similar to temperature maps that can be viewed on popular weather sites. In addition to the Frost tool, the company has developed the Temperature and Moisture Threshold, Growing Degree Days and Crop Degradation Index. You can learn more about each at their websiteHERE. It’s worth noting that Innovation Weather can customize algorithms to meet your specific needs. As I understand it, each of their products has undergone significant testing and they do provide verification case studies for your location. I suspect as technology advances, weather forecasting will continue to be farm specific with recommendations for many of our managerial practices. (Source: Penn State)
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