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by Daphne Thompson, on Nov 15, 2017 10:15:32 AM

Today, we celebrate GIS Day. This is a day to showcase all the various areas that maps are used and to show how important Geographic Information Systems technology is to …

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Topics:SkyWiseGIS

by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 30, 2017 3:23:18 PM

The Northeast has been battling with a strong coastal storm since Sunday. The area of low pressure is moving northward, out of upstate New York and through southern Quebec causing …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSkyWiseWind

by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 28, 2017 2:55:34 PM

Rain continues to fall in the Houston Metro area as Harvey moves very slowly towards the Gulf of Mexico where he may re-strengthen and have another landfall near Galveston. Many neighborhoods …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSkyWiseTropicalHurricaneFlood

by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 18, 2017 11:11:08 AM

In only three days, the Great American Solar Eclipse will occur. It's going to be a busy weekend as many begin to drive to their viewing destination in preparation for …

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by Dr. Chris Porter, on Aug 17, 2017 1:35:30 PM

Just four days remain until the August 21 Great American Solar Eclipse, and anticipation of the celestial event continues to grow. Many made travel plans for the path of totality months …

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by Matt Gaffner, on Aug 4, 2017 11:33:09 AM

All the best data services in the world are only as good as the application you have to display, interrogate, and analyze them. Throughout the history of GIS, most data …

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Topics:SkyWise

by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 4, 2017 10:52:32 AM

One of the pain points we run into at WDT is customers that need bulk weather data but have no experience with scientific data formats. Since the release of our high-resolution analysis …

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Topics:SkyWiseDevelopers

by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 1, 2017 2:20:00 PM

As summer approaches, you may notice when you go to the beach you experience a nice, cool breeze blowing inland during the afternoon. This is known as a sea breeze, …

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Topics:RadarScopeSkyWiseWind

by Daphne Thompson, on May 23, 2017 2:36:54 PM

Have you heard of the dry line before? If you live in the Texas Panhandle or Oklahoma, this is nothing new to you. Every spring, the dry line is talked …

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Topics:RadarScopeSkyWiseThunderstorm

by Daphne Thompson, on May 16, 2017 2:29:16 PM

What makes the SkyWise® Insight API unique? After all, most weather APIs allow you to fetch data from the nearest weather station, which may be miles away. While this may …

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Topics:SkyWiseDevelopers

by Phillip Spencer, on Apr 10, 2017 2:47:43 PM

Evapotranspiration (ET) is an important process by which water is transferred from the land to the atmosphere by evaporation from the soil and by transpiration from living plants. Estimates of …

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Topics:SkyWiseAgriculture

by JT Johnson, on Apr 3, 2017 3:46:53 PM

We all understand how the weather forecast can help us know what to wear to work or for exercising outside, or whether we should run our sprinklers in our garden …

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Topics:SkyWise

by Daphne Thompson, on Mar 30, 2017 2:28:53 PM

On March 27, the National Football League (NFL) owners met to vote on the Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas beginning in the 2019 season. The vote passed 31 to …

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Topics:SkyWiseLive Events

by JT Johnson, on Mar 21, 2017 1:24:53 PM

Nike has set out to break the 2-hour mark for a marathon, something that has never been done. They have chosen the athletes, developed new high-performance shoes, determined the training …

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Topics:SkyWiseLive Events

by Daphne Thompson, on Mar 9, 2017 2:00:00 PM

At WDT, we currently have around ten different APIs for accessing a variety of precision weather data. Each API was designed and built with specific use cases in mind. Why …

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Topics:SkyWiseDevelopers

by JT Johnson, on Mar 7, 2017 1:00:26 PM

Are you a runner? If so, do you check the forecast before going out on a run? As a meteorologist, I’m keenly aware of what is going on with the …

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Topics:SkyWiseWindHeat

by Matt Gaffner, on Mar 3, 2017 10:50:30 AM

Apps are analogous to race cars and data are like drivers. Apps can be shiny. They get a lot of attention. Most apps are seemingly intuitive, especially the good ones. However, …

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Topics:SkyWiseGeographic Information Systems

by Dr. Richard Carpenter, on Feb 24, 2017 1:50:15 PM

WDT meteorologists Dr. Richard Carpenter, Dr. Chris Porter, and Noah Lock recently developed a research project for undergraduate students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO), located …

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Topics:Company NewsSkyWise

by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 14, 2017 3:08:28 PM

Developers look at weather differently than meteorologists. My favorite way is to use historical weather data. I compare different years of data, producing an output that helps answer questions that might otherwise …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 9, 2017 10:48:10 AM

Name: Nicholas Hunter Current Position: Senior Software Engineer Degree: M.S. in Computer Science What type of work do you perform? Nick primarily works with WDT services that produce tiled meteorological data sets, such as …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 9, 2017 10:44:45 AM

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the American Meteorological Society’s 97th annual meeting, where I gave a presentation on the challenges and successes of creating APIs for weather data My …

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Topics:SkyWiseDevelopers

by Matt Gaffner, on Jan 31, 2017 10:58:17 AM

You should resolve to be spatiotemporal this year. It’s no secret around the office that ‘spatiotemporal’ is my new favorite word. I think it should be your favorite word too. So, what exactly …

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Topics:SkyWiseGeographic Information Systems

by Mike Eilts, on Jan 20, 2017 10:23:52 AM

I am writing this article on Wednesday from 36,000ft above the Rockies on my way to the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting in Seattle. With several meetings lined up …

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Topics:RadarScopeSkyWiseCross Enterprise

by Daphne Thompson, on Jan 19, 2017 4:53:35 PM

In this blog post from Tuesday, I talked about microclimates and how their effects can have huge impacts. I mentioned the Columbia River Gorge microclimate that is prone to heavy freezing rain …

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Topics:SkyWiseAgricultureSnowPrecipitation

by Daphne Thompson, on Jan 18, 2017 10:43:49 AM

Microclimates exist in several areas around the globe and can result in massive impacts for cities and agriculture alike. Growers understand that in order to properly manage their fields for growth …

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Topics:SkyWiseAgriculturePrecipitation

by JT Johnson, on Jan 17, 2017 2:03:00 PM

Do you know how much water is in the air? If you do want to find out, do you look at relative humidity or dewpoint? I often hear people talk about …

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Topics:SkyWisePrecipitation

by Dr. Kevin Kloesel, on Dec 7, 2016 1:35:53 PM

A blast of arctic air is on the way. By this upcoming Friday morning (December 9, 2016), it is expected that some portion of each of the contiguous 48 states …

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Topics:SkyWiseSnow

by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 5, 2016 4:27:21 PM

How many times does it rain everywhere, but at your farm yard? How many apps can you find that display precipitation results accurately? These are questions that make a world …

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Topics:SkyWiseAgriculturePrecipitation

by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 26, 2016 1:16:30 PM

Late October, it's the time of the year for jack-o'-lanterns and pumpkin pie. Last year, there was a shortage of canned pumpkins as well as other pumpkin sourced products due …

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Topics:SkyWisePrecipitation

by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 10, 2016 3:48:46 PM

Hurricane Matthew may be gone, but he left catastrophic flooding in his wake. The US death toll currently stands at 20, half of these are from North Carolina. Another five …

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Topics:SkyWiseOffshoreTropicalHurricane

by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 26, 2016 2:57:27 PM

If you missed the news over the past few days due to football or election coverage, then you may have missed how much water is currently in Iowa causing massive flooding …

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Topics:SkyWiseFlood

by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 7, 2016 1:29:56 PM

Kate Lengold, Vice President of AstroDigital, says implementation of SkyWise Insight API was quick, simple and just what they needed to add extra value to their products …

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Topics:SkyWiseAgriculture

by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 7, 2016 1:28:37 PM

Name: Paul Kamis Current Position: Software Engineer / Meteorologist Degree: BS Meteorology (minor in CS) What type of work do you perform? I do a lot of things: building scalable …

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Topics:SkyWiseDevelopers

by Justin Stewart, on Sep 7, 2016 1:28:12 PM

In this tutorial, we're going to create assets from geojson for every county in Oklahoma using Insight API's Python client library. Then, we're going to walk through creating a choropleth …

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by Justin Stewart, on Sep 7, 2016 1:27:30 PM

Let's take a look at how we can create a matplotlib streamplot using Insight API's Wind Direction and Wind Speed location endpoints. It is recommended that you follow along with …

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by Noah Lock, on Aug 18, 2016 1:36:26 PM

Heavy rain fell for much of the past week across parts of the Gulf Coast, but by far the worst of the deluge was August 11-13 in Louisiana, where rainfall over …

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Topics:SkyWisePrecipitationFlood

by Justin Stewart, on Aug 17, 2016 2:18:29 PM

The Time Series feature in the Insight API allows us to easily query data and build charts for locations and assets over periods of time. Let's look at basic example …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 15, 2016 3:17:10 PM

If you were watching the Olympics and missed the national news this weekend, then you may not have heard of the devastating flooding occuring in Louisiana. Rivers are at record flood stages, …

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Topics:SkyWiseFlood

by Daphne Thompson, on Jul 19, 2016 10:37:36 AM

WDT Ag Solutions Expert, Tim Marquis, sits down with independent agronomist and data expert, Michael Steeke. Michael discusses the upcoming heat wave and drought. Learn how Michael is using weather data …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSkyWiseAgriculture

by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 28, 2016 11:38:53 AM

One of the most critical tasks of any control center or dispatch operator is quickly pinpointing areas of system disruption. From power lines and substations, to wind turbines and pipelines, weather …

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Topics:WeatherOpsSkyWiseDevelopersLightningTornadoUtilities

by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 27, 2016 1:59:21 PM

What do drought and bark beetles have in common? In California, the answer to that questions would be a lot. As the drought continues, so do the wildfires. At the …

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Topics:SkyWiseAgricultureDrought

by Daphne Thompson, on Apr 20, 2016 12:03:45 PM

Name: Elizabeth Davidson Current Position: SkyWise Product Manager Degree: BS and MS in Meteorology What type of work do you perform? As Product Manager, I ensure our SkyWise products meet …

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by Noah Lock, on Apr 18, 2016 4:57:34 PM

Last night and into this morning, a major flooding event unfolded in the Houston, TX metro area in the same region that suffered through multiple similar events last spring. Areas on …

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Topics:SkyWiseFlood

by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 16, 2015 9:38:33 AM

A frost blankets over 25 million acres in early June, well past canola seeding in most parts of Saskatewan. 1000s of acres had to be reseeded and the growing season …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 4, 2015 11:23:23 AM

Thanksgiving had come and gone and although I went north from Oklahoma to Wisconsin to visit family, I took a jaunt even further to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to attend and speak …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Nov 10, 2015 9:27:15 AM

There’s a reason physics-based Numerical Weather Models exist compared to “math based” or statistical weather models. We refer to these as climatology based forecast systems. Statistical models rely on the …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 30, 2015 3:47:01 PM

As many of you know, Austin TX is experiencing a record flooding event the day before Halloween. Cars are stranded along route 71 and US 183 near the Austin-Bergstrom International …

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Topics:SkyWise

by Renny Vandewege, on Oct 26, 2015 9:57:11 AM

Weather has often been thought of as a forward-facing content solution, whereby websites and mobile apps provide standard forecasts and mapped weather information for consumers to plan their day. This …

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Topics:SkyWise

by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 20, 2015 1:25:02 PM

Outside of the US when dual pol radar data isn’t available, how can growers get accurate rainfall estimations on which to base their decisions? Satellites are the answer. Satellites began …

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Topics:SkyWiseAgriculture

by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 12, 2015 12:31:54 PM

Of all the weather variables, accurate rainfall is the most important, above all others, in determining what decisions to make on the field. Agronomists and growers alike leverage this information …

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Topics:SkyWise

by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 6, 2015 11:14:44 AM

12 million soil polygons with 365 days of WDT's SkyWise weather data and 87 hybrid seed types are what’s needed to know where, what, and when to plant a specific seed …

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by Renny Vandewege, on Sep 3, 2015 5:16:36 PM

THE VALUE OF SKYWISE DATA We know weather plays a significant role in many aspects of business, including fluctuations in revenue, disruptions in the supply chain, choosing when to plant …

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Topics:SkyWiseCross Enterprise

by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 26, 2015 5:22:00 PM

An alarming threat is causing fear among citrus growers in the US. If orange juice is a staple of your morning breakfast, you’ll want to read about this frightening new …

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Topics:SkyWiseAgriculture