More satellite data could equal better weather (and surf) forecasting
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 September, 2016 - Surf forecasting could take a big step forward as the agency responsible for US weather forecasting has entered an agreement to buy weather data from privately owned companies.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association will spend a little over one million dollars to buy weather data from commercial satellite operators GeoOptics and Spire Global according to a story on Planet Ark.
NOAA uses data from government satellites but said in a statement that the new private venture is “a necessary first step to considering sustained operational use of new commercial weather data."
The two companies will deliver data to NOAA gathered by measuring variations in how GPS radio signals cut through the atmosphere. This can help with a variety of forecasting.
The contract is small, by government standards. The deal with GeoOptics is $695,000 while the one for Spire Global is for $370,000.