Early warning (fire intelligence) systems are essential components of fire and smoke management. They rely on the evaluation of vegetation dryness and weather; detection and monitoring of active fires; integrating and processing of these data in fire information systems with other relevant information, e.g. vegetation cover and values at risk; modeling capabilities of fire occurrence and behavior; and dissemination of information.
Early warning of fire and atmospheric pollution hazard may involve locally generated indicators, such as local fire-weather forecasts and assessment of vegetation dryness. Advanced technologies, however, which rely on remotely sensed data, evaluation of synoptic weather information and international communication systems (e.g., Internet) are now also available for remote locations.
In this report, the large variety of standards, methods, and technologies of fire and smoke management which are used in national programs cannot be described in detail. Generally speaking, however, it is obvious that, due to the lack of resources, fire management systems are disproportionately less available in developing countries.
Fire weather is the use of meteorological parameters such as relative humidity, wind speed and direction, cloud cover, mixing heights, and soil moisture to determine whether conditions are favorable for fire growth and smoke dispersion. The fire weather products we issue such as the Fire Weather Planning Forecast, Fire Weather Watches, Fire Weather Warnings, and Spot Forecasts are generally intended for land management agencies.
a visualization of global weather conditions
forecast by supercomputers
updated every three hours
ocean surface current estimates
updated every five days
ocean surface temperatures and
anomaly from daily average (1981-2011)
updated every three hours
updated every thirty minutes
Since programming is Windyty.com in 2014
In 2014 Windy was born, under its former name Windyty
In 2015 Windy team grew to few more programmers: Milan and Tomas. We use GFS and NEMS as main forecast models.
In 2016 we have launched Android and iOS mobile Apps and we have renamed Windyty to Windytv, which turned out to be big mistake. As one of the few companies in the World we have have to use ECMWF forecast model, that is recognised as the most accurate model available.
In 2017 our team grew to 5 people and we have changed the name to Windy with nice and short address www.windy.com. During hurricane season Windy become major source of weather information for governments, institutions and individuals in affected areas, virtually saving the lives.
Our goal is to provide best weather forecasting service in the world. So far we have failed to find sustainable business model.
Original “launch” video from 2014
Note: Updated Sep 2017, change of credits
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Since 1996, Intellicast.com has provided expert weather information to weather savvy users. With the most technically advanced site-specific weather forecasting system in the world today, the result of a multi-million dollar research project, Intellicast.com delivers site-specific forecasts for 60,000 sites in the U.S. and around the globe. From detailed local forecasts to hurricane tracks, severe weather warnings to international conditions, Intellicast.com has the active weather tools business professionals and outdoor enthusiast have come to rely on, consistently making us one of the top five weather sites on the Internet.
Who is The Weather Company?
The Weather Company (TWC) includes:
- Broadcast Division – The Weather Channel, as well as products for radio, newspapers, digital cable services, and interactive television
- Digital Division – weather.com, wunderground.com, intellicast.com and products for broadband and mobile platforms
- Professional Division – premier business-to-business weather services, particularly for the media, aviation, insurance and energy sectors
The Weather Company has become renowned for its ability to successfully combine the power of unparalleled industry knowledge, the experience of an unprecedented number of meteorologists and five state-of-the-art Global Forecast Centers. TWC’s internationally recognized experts in tropical weather, climatology, and severe weather apply their skills to cutting-edge technologies designed to constantly improve our abilities to forecast, detect and visualize the disruptive weather events that affect the safety and property of our clients and their customers. The Weather Company is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.