CFAN's innovative OmniCast suite of weather and
climate forecast products for the energy sector incorporates the latest
research in weather and climate dynamics, prediction and predictability,
extreme weather events and their impacts, and decision support tools.
OmniCast provides seamless access to CFAN's complete forecast products
for surface weather for the main energy markets in the U.S. and Europe.
The product suite includes daily, weekly, and seasonal probabilistic forecasts
of surface temperature, heat wave and cold events, and tropical cyclones.
The product also includes supporting meteorological information to support
analysis and prediction of teleconnection regimes.
The OmniCast user interface is based on an interactive
layered dashboard approach. The OmniCast dashboard delivers different types
and levels of information to support both quick decisions and in depth
analysis to meet the needs of varied user types within your organization.
CFAN works extensively with our clients and partners to ensure that the
OmniCast user interface continually evolves in an effort to provide the
OmniCast was developed by CFAN in response to
the needs of a major client in the petroleum industry for extended range,
better-than-market weather forecasts to support energy trading, sales and
marketing. After the catastrophic 2004/2005 Atlantic hurricane seasons,
the client perceived a strong advantage to having an exclusive, extended-range
tropical cyclone forecast product to anticipate disruptions to energy supply
and their impact on energy markets, and to anticipate disruptions to drilling,
refining, and transport activities.
CFAN responded to this challenge by translating their advanced tropical
cyclone research into an innovative forecast product for North Atlantic
hurricanes, which became operational in 2007. CFAN has continued to evolve
the quality, sophistication and breadth of its tropical cyclone forecast
product, which is now unique in the marketplace in providing extended-range
predictions and outlooks.
Building upon the success of the hurricane forecast product, CFAN responded
to the challenge from its client to provide, on an exclusive basis, extended-range
forecasts of surface weather for the main energy markets in the U.S. and
Europe. In 2009, CFAN's product suite was expanded to include daily, weekly,
and seasonal forecasts for the U.S. and Europe of surface temperature,
heat wave and cold events, and 100 m wind forecasts.
The comprehensive suite of products developed by CFAN were bundled into
the unified interface of OmniCast, which provides seamless access to the
complete range of forecast products for the energy sector. Working with
the client, CFAN established a layered dashboard approach to the online
decision support system that delivered different types and levels of information
to the varied user groups within the organization.
Beginning in 2012, CFAN's OmniCast forecast products are no longer exclusive
to our original client in the petroleum industry, but are being marketed
to the energy sector through a license agreement with Earth Networks.