5.6 Baron Services

Tuesday, 2 August 2005: 5:05 PM
Diplomat Ballroom (Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington D.C.)
Robert Baron, Baron Services, Inc., Huntsville, AL

Baron Advanced Meteorological Systems, a Baron Services subsidiary, has introduced the nation's first CONUS Numerical Air Quality Prediction model that incorporates both ozone and particulate matter.

The development of the BAMS Daily Air Quality forecast comes at an opportune time. Recent journal articles have documented the mounting evidence that ozone and particle pollution encourage worsening asthma rates among children. Other studies have described adverse effects of these two pollutants on the cardiovascular systems of adults.

Potential applications for Daily Air Quality data include on-air use by broadcasters and deployment in medical offices and state agencies to produce long-range, accurate predictions of ozone and PM concentrations. These applications, plus the AQ data itself, will be discussed.

Baron's VIPIR is an advanced 3D weather system that makes adept visual use of BAMS forecasting data, in addition to the real-time display of other data products such as radar, satellite imagery, and remote sensors. The system also boasts storm tracking and extensive analysis capability, utilizing proprietary algorithms developed by Baron Services. The Baron algorithms pinpoint areas of strong wind shear, isolate the strongest areas of a storm in a graphic display, and create 1km-resolution mosaics of rain and snowfall.

Also presented will be WeatherBuilder, a suite of new capabilities for real-time weather graphics, allowing broadcast meteorologists to create weather shows in VIPIR quickly and easily. WeatherBuilder eliminates the need for graphic rendering. This feature incorporates extended forecasts, almanac pages, animated backdrops and more, resulting in a weather system that is designed for daily, year-round use.

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