Natural Resource organizations across Canada are responsible for the management of forestry resources as well as flood forecasting and alerting. These organizations range in size from large Provincial government departments to smaller regional and localized authorities which all require detailed weather information to assist their operations. The requirements for weather information across these organizations range from pinpointing the precise location of lightning for forest fire detection to timely precipitation and temperature forecasts to assist with flood forecasting activities.
The Weather Network Commercial Services (TWNCS) specialized Natural Resource weather solutions provides the necessary tools to help these organizations better plan for and respond to critical weather sensitivities. These solutions include the following products and services:
Local Area Forecasts to anticipate upcoming weather on an hourly to daily basis out 7-days
Real-time Lightning Detection Network to accurately pinpoint the location of lightning activity and its proximity to forestry assets
Combined US and Canadian Composite Radar to monitor the movement, evolution and strength of precipitation
FutureCast Radar that forecasts intensity and movement of precipitation over a 6-hour timeframe
Meteorological Consultation to help qualify forecasts and provide details in rapidly changing weather conditions
Severe Weather Forecasts and Warnings/Alerts for critical weather events based on pre-defined criteria
Precipitation and Critical Temperature Sequence Forecasts for hydrological modeling
Training to familiarize end users with the products and services received and their interpretation along with basic weather orientation as desired
By anticipating hazardous weather events Natural Resources agencies will be able to protect critical assets, issue timely alerts, improve response times and better predict human and physical resource requirements. This will result in reducing the amount of forest burned by lightning activity, improved public and employee safety as well as a better informed public.