For all of our forecasts we use multiple weather models to analyze the ever changing weather conditions. Much of our time is spent analyzing the latest information in order to give you the best forecast possible, delivered via email, pager, or fax to your business, so you have them in hand to look over at any time.
Basic 5-Day Forecast/Winter
Our 5-day planning forecasts are issued daily during the morning, and updated if needed during the mid to late afternoon so that overnight and next day operations can be planned for. Our specialized forecasts include the site specific probability of snow and/or ice, start and stop times, the amount of snow on pavement versus grass, potential for icing due to melting snow re-freezing, daytime high temperatures, overnight low temperatures, sunrise and sunset times and detailed wind information for drifting snow and wind chill. Active NWS Winter Weather Watches, Advisories and Warnings are included with effective times.
Basic 5-Day Forecast/Summer
Our 5-day planning forecasts are issued daily during the morning. Our specialized forecasts include the probability of rain, thunderstorms and will always mention the potential for severe weather with prime times. Typical rainfall amounts are included as will mention the upper end of expected rainfall amounts as well. Daytime high temperatures, overnight low temperatures, sunrise and sunset times and detailed wind information are given as well as max and min relative humidity values. Active NWS Winter Weather Watches, Advisories and Warnings are included with effective times.
Flash Flood/Heavy Precipitation Forecast
The Flash Flood/Heavy Precipitation forecast includes much of the information in the basic 5-day forecast but focuses primarily on the current day’s weather conditions. This forecast will concentrate not just on the typical rainfall amounts but also the worst case scenario. A low, moderate and high potential for flooding is given for the day with prime times for the heaviest precipitation.
Fire Weather Forecast
Our Fire Weather forecast includes much of the information in the basic 5-day forecast but focuses primarily on the current day’s weather conditions and how they will impact wild land fire behavior. This forecast will concentrate on winds at the surface and aloft as well as relative humidity values. Instead of a broad brush forecast this will break the day down into 3-4 hour chunks where expected wind speed and direction is forecast as well as maximum and minimum relative humidity values.
The Haines Index is included for the day as well as the lightning activity level (LAL). The focus will be on possible wind shifts and hours of lowest relative humidity.
Dispersal Conditions/Upper Air Forecast
Our Dispersal Conditions forecast also includes a brief write up of what to expect over the next few days similar to the basic forecast but its primary focus is on surface temperature inversions and when they will break and re-develop during the day as well as transport winds aloft. A maximum mixing height is included and transport wind speed/direction. We analyze all the variables and assess what the dispersal conditions will be for the day (Poor, Fair, Good, Very Good and Excellent). Our main focus in on the dispersal conditions for the day but we also provide an outlook for the next few days to aid in planning. These forecasts are primarily for gold mines, coal mines, and other large earth moving companies that need to monitor the amount of particulates they produce that may impact air quality in their region.
The forecast models we utilize are the latest programs used by forecasters nationwide. We take the information given to us by these models and build a forecast that pertains to your specific region keeping in mind the micro climates that are often overlooked by the NWS and other forecasting services. Operational updates keep you informed of any conditions that would affect your business or clients. Our goal is to keep you, your clients and customers, and your employees safe and aware, as well as to keep your operation running smoothly.