High resolution sub seasonal and seasonal forecast now available for New Zealanders
(PR.co.nz) Hamilton, New Zealand – CLIMsystems Ltd. announced the first public release of ExtendWeather, their powerful
suite of sub-seasonal and seasonal forecasts for New Zealand. As Dr Judith Currie recently noted “substantial progress
has been made in recent years on the development and applications of medium-range weather forecasts and sub seasonal
climate predictions”. Now available to a range of sectoral clients from primary industry (dairy, sheep and beef,
viticulture, horticulture) to energy sector clients ExtendWeather provides overwhelming results for end users interested
in month by month forecasts for up to nine months that are refreshed with the latest atmospheric data every ten days.
Based on an ensemble of 40 model outputs over those ten days climate risk management now enters a new dimension in New
Zealand. Given the contribution of the primary sector to New Zealand’s economy these high resolution forecasts are built
on the proprietary downscaling techniques of the highly qualified climate scientists at CLIMsystems, based on the
state-of-art NOAA Climate Forecast System version 2 (CFSv2) . As their Managing Director Peter Urich noted “we have good
downscaling and forecasting experience at CLIMsystems and have close collaboration with the world’s top climate centres,
therefore we are well positioned to deliver high quality forecasts on a regular basis” in this commercial space.
Another point of difference is the delivery to clients of colourful, easy to read high resolution maps of the seasonal
forecast for a range of variables depending on the subscription level. The basic subscription includes maps updated
every ten days for anomalies of rainfall and precipitation and with written commentary of the forecast on a region by
region basis. Other subscription levels include delivery of potential evapotranspiration deficit maps and for some users
anomalies for wind and probability maps could be integral to their commercial enterprise. The ExtendWeather team also
generated extreme weather forecasts on a monthly basis for temperature and precipitation.
ExtendWeather has partnered with Farmlands so its subscribers and shareholders can avail of discounts across the entire
subscription range and have billing all managed through their Farmlands card. Farmlands see the tie up with
ExtendWeather very positively with their clients “benefiting greatly” from the service.
ExtendWeather is based on a unique combination of initialization schemes as inputs to its climate model, including ENSO
and ocean heat flux, global warming trends, Madden-Julien Oscillation, snow cover in remote regions of the world and
stratosphere-troposphere interactions. The final forecast is produced after thorough analysis by seasoned professionals
using techniques developed by Dr. Chonghua Yin one of the world’s leading climate statistical downscaling experts.
Notably, ExtendWeather has predicted the end of droughts over the last year and also has been very accurate in
forecasting temperature anomalies.
“Our clients have been very pleased with ExtendWeather performance in New Zealand, and in response to their requests, we
have expanded coverage to Tajikistan and have plans for India and elsewhere in the near future”, stated Peter Urich.
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