2B.5 An internet site for professional meteorologists

Monday, 1 August 2005: 11:15 AM
Ambassador Ballroom (Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington D.C.)
Kenneth Reeves, AccuWeather, Inc., State College, PA; and J. T. Candor and M. A. Steinberg

AccuWeather.com Professional Plus is an Internet site designed for use by meteorologists, providing a complete array of highly advanced data and computer model information, all in one place in an easy-to-use, ad-free format. Some of the features include:

1. Complete real-time NEXRAD Doppler radar information, including more than 20 different types of single-site data, Metro Radars, storm tracking and information tables, animations and a variety of mosaics.

2. Unique severe weather products created by WDT (Weather Decision Technologies), including Predictive Radar 4 hours into the future, forecast hail and tornado movement, and real-time street-level lightning data

3. The most comprehensive array of numerical model graphics, data and animations covering the U.S. and worldwide, including the GFS, GFS Rapid Update, GFS Ensembles, ECMWF, UKMET, Navy NOGAPS, Wavewatch III, NAM (ETA), NAM Rapid Update, NAM-215, ETA Ensembles, DGEX (extended NAM), GFDL, NGM, RUC2, RSM Ensembles, Air Force MM5, CFS (Climate Forecast System), CMC, NAEFS, JMA, NDFD, COAMPS, WRF and AccuModel. Available options allow you to map individual model variables or standard combinations of variables, view loops of these maps, create a meta-loop of multiple models, view multiple models on one map, and view changes from the previous model run to the latest.

3. Worldwide satellite imagery, including visible, infrared, enhanced infrared and water vapor images.

4. Worldwide observations and surface plot images.

5. Streaming video weather presentations geared for meteorologists, such as “The Long Ranger” and “Weather Point-Counterpoint”.

6. Interactive GIS weather.

7. Full screen versions of radar and satellite imagery that automatically update.

8. Blogs and commentary from AccuWeather meteorologists such as Joe Bastardi, Elliot Abrams, Henry Margusity and Joe Lundberg.

9. The Planner™, which combines a detailed forecast, climatological data, radar and current data onto one interactive page.

Content is available through Internet access or with a hand-held PDA.

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