Forecaster needs help categorizing storms based on their current threat


"I am a forecaster for a private meteorological firm.

A problem we face in our industry that could be solved by software is categorizing storms based on their current threat. During a major severe weather outbreak, most National Weather Service offices will transition a storm rapidly from severe warned to tornado warned. There can be 20 different tornado warnings in a single warning area at any given time.

In my eyes, the software would monitor the evolution of storms, and then based on past history and evolution of other storms during that outbreak, make an educated guess on the current threat of the storm, and how it thinks the threat will increase over 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 45, 60, and 75 minutes.

If I had the say so, and the software worked, I would most definitely pay almost any sum as it would definitely take the workload off of forecasters and allow them to focus on the most dangerous storms, instead of having to glance at different cells every few minutes."




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  • Upvote this opp and I'll reach out to people in this industry to see if there is widespread demand.

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6 months ago

Sounds like a tough problem! I'd love to learn more about your existing modeling and the sort of data available. Reach out if you'd like to discuss further!

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