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  • 2019 ADCIRC User's Group Meeting

    Oceanweather (OWI) was well represented at the 2019 Advanced Circulation Model (ADCIRC) User’s Group Meeting held at the US Army Corps Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Lab (CHL) over May 20-21, 2019 in Vicksburg, MS. Several of the talks applied OWI atmospheric forcing to produce detailed ocean storm surge and tidal simulations. OWI both implements the ADCIRC model for their hindcast products such as GOMOS, GROW-FINE Caribbean-2 (GFC-2), and GROW-FINE East Coast (GF-EC) as well participates as a collaborating member of the ADCIRC community. Recent collaboration efforts published in JGR: Oceans and Ocean Modelling are detailed on our Recent Publications page.

  • Oceanweather to Exhibit at OTC 2019 in Houston, TX

    Oceanweather Inc. (OWI) is pleased to once again exhibit at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, May 6-9th 2019 at NRG Park. This is OWI’s 24th year as an exhibitor. Please visit OWI at Booth 2506 in NRG Center.

  • MSC50 and GROW-FINE Atlantic Basin Updates

    Oceanweather Inc. (OWI) is pleased to announce the latest update to the Meteorological Services of Canada (MSC) long-term North Atlantic wind and wave climatology known as MSC50. The MSC50 hindcast is applied by Canadian operators for offshore operability and design, and is the standard applied by Canadian regulatory agencies for permitting. The hindcast now extends for the period of 1954 to 2018 (65 years) and provides wind and wave time series in the Canadian East Coast Maritimes.

    The MSC50 hindcast has been funded by the Environment Canada and will be available via their portal at http://www.meds-sdmm.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/isdm-gdsi/waves-vagues/MSC50-eng.html for Canadian waters. The North Atlantic basin model supporting MSC50 is available from OWI as the GROW-FINE Atlantic Basin (GFAB) hindcast.

  • Sentinel 3B Satellite Altimetry Data in Forecast

    The Sentinel 3B altimeter was launched in April of 2018 and completed full commissioning in late fall of 2018. The measured data began flowing into Oceanweather’s forecast systems as of January 2019.

    Data from altimeter satellites such as the Jason and Sentinel series are used to adjust the model forcing for the wave simulations. Data are both objectively and forecaster controlled for quality assurances and allow the forecaster to quickly see where the wave analysis is both higher or lower than measured. These areas can then be manually corrected to produce more accurate analysis and thus forecasted wave train simulations.

  • Hurricane Michael (2018) Fast Response

    In order to support hurricane recovery activities and to improve future resiliency, Oceanweather (OWI) is in the process of producing a “fast-response” hindcast for Hurricane Michael (2018). A detailed reanalysis of the conditions experienced in a land-falling hurricane are required in any ocean response modeling to provide critical guidance on the extent of the storm wave and surge inundation. OWI can provide wind, pressure, and/or OWI’s standard wave fields for this recent event.

    As experts in providing meteorological forcing for ocean response modeling of extreme wind, wave and storm surge events, OWI has a long history of quickly responding to the need for hindcasts of recent or active tropical events. This expertise is also applied in long-term operational and storm hindcasts in public and private sectors around the globe.

  • Announcing: BOMOS-2 Joint Industry Project

    Oceanweather (OWI) are pleased to announce plans for a new Joint Industry Project (JIP) called Brazil Offshore Meteorological and Oceanographic Study - 2 (BOMOS-2). BOMOS-2 will serve as a follow-up to the previous similar JIPs: BOMOS and BOMOSHU. The JIP will include continous operational and storm hindcasts providing OWI’s standard wind and wave parameters for coastal regions of Brazil including Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe, Bahia, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

  • Hurricane Florence (2018)

    Oceanweather (OWI) has a long history of quickly responding to the need for hindcasts of recent or active tropical events. A detailed reanalysis of the conditions experienced in a land-falling hurricane are required in any ocean response modeling to provide critical guidance on the extent of the storm wave and surge inundation. Modeling efforts using OWI forcing are applied in hurricane recovery activities to support those affected, and in studies to improve future resiliency.

    OWI has produced a “fast-response” hindcast for Hurricane Florence (2018). Users of this data may elect to receive wind, pressure and/or OWI’s standard wave fields. The domain will include two default grids: a coarse 0.25 degree grid covering 55W-99W, 5N-47N and a high resolution 0.05 degree grid covering the specific areas affected by the storm.

  • Announcing: GROW-FINE Caribbean 2

    Oceanweather are pleased to announce the completion of the updated GROW-FINE Caribbean 2 (GFC-2) wind, wave, and hydrodynamic hindcast. Winds and waves were modeled on a nested set of grids with a resolution of 5.6km on the finest grid, and were run in a continuous operational period for years 1979-2017, incorporating overlapping reanalyzed tropical systems. Separate storm hindcasts of 374 tropical storms in years 1930-2017 have also been produced as part of the project, archived at a finer timestep than the continous modeling period. In addition to wind and wave parameters, the tropical storm hindcasts contain water surface elevation and 2D depth-averaged velocity variables generated by the state of the art ADCIRC numerical model using OWI’s lightweight version of the NOAA operational HSOFS mesh (HSOFSR), with output archived on the same grid points as the winds and waves.

  • GROW-FINE East Coast (GF-EC) Release

    Oceanweather are pleased to announce the completion of the updated GROW-FINE East Coast (GF-EC) wind, wave, and hydrodynamic hindcast covering the US Atlantic Ocean coastline. Winds and waves were modeled on a nested set of grids with a resolution of 5.6km on the finest grid, and were run in a continuous operational period for years 1979-2017, incorporating overlapping reanalyzed tropical systems. Separate storm hindcasts of significant tropical (1924-2017) and extra-tropical (1957-2017) storms have also been produced as part of the project using a finer archive timestep. In addition to wind and wave parameters, the tropical storm hindcasts contain water surface elevation and 2D depth-averaged velocity variables generated by the state of the art ADCIRC numerical model using OWI’s lightweight version of the NOAA operational HSOFS mesh (HSOFSR), with output archived on the same grid points as the winds and waves.

  • PERGOS2 Release

    Oceanweather are pleased to announce the completion of the Gulf region PERGOS-2 hindcast. This update to the PERGOS hindcast has been run on a finer mesh over the years 1961-2017 (for storm hindcasts) and 1979-2017 (for the continuous operational hindcast). As with the original PERGOS, hydrodynamic variables are contained in the hindcast along with winds and waves.

    For more information, please contact Erin Harris via email at erinh@oceanweather.com.

  • GOMOS2017 Release

    Oceanweather are pleased to announce an update to GOMOS (Gulf of Mexico Oceanographic Study) for the years 2015-2017 in a version of the hindcast called GOMOS2017. In addition to these three (3) years, new variables Wind Gusts and Mean Zero-Crossing Period (TZ) will be included in the hindcast.

    For further information on the costs associated with updating your GOMOS hindcast using GOMOS2017 results please contact Erin Harris via email at erinh@oceanweather.com.

  • Brian Callahan, Vice President of Oceanweather, Featured in Swell Navigator Stories

    Click here to learn about Brian’s history of surfing and his interest in meteorology in the most recent Swell Navigator Stories. For more information about the Swell Navigator App, go to swellnavigator.com.

  • Meet Us at OTC 2018 in Houston!

    Oceanweather are pleased to once again exhibit at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, April 30 – May 3, 2018 at NRG Park. This is the 50th year of the conference and OWI’s 23rd year as an exhibitor. Please visit Oceanweather at Booth 2206 in NRG Center.

  • Evaluating the ERA5 Reanalysis at the 2018 WISE Conference

    An evaluation of the latest European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) reanalysis, known as the ERA5, is represented at the 2018 Waves in Shallow Environments (WISE) conference in Tel Aviv, Israel. Oceanweather (OWI) compared the ERA5 dataset against altimeter and buoy measurements from 2010 – 2016 using the 10-meter winds and significant wave height with focus on the wind forcing in the strongest tropical and extra-tropical events. Wind forcing has been shown to be a dominant source of error when applied in ocean response models for describing the peak events that drive design and operability in offshore and coastal applications and this informs potential users of deficiencies within the dataset.

  • Oceanweather at 2018 ADCIRC User's Group Meeting at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, MD

    Oceanweather (OWI) presented a replacement for their ADCIRC NWS-12 wind and pressure (also known as WIN/PRE) input format at the 2018 ADCIRC User’s group meeting. This new format (NWS-13) is based on NetCDF4, and supports arbitrary numbers of sub-grid overlays, sophisticated grid descriptions and storm-following moving grids matched with independent temporal descriptions to ensure sufficient spatial and temporal fidelity to capture the complex dynamics of a specific storm or set of storms.

  • Oceanweather to Exhibit at Oceanology International in London (UK) March 13-15, 2018

    Oceanweather are excited to once again exhibit at Oceanology International in London. This will be the eighth time as an exhibitor to the conference after the company’s founder, Dr. Vincent Cardone, was presented with the Oceanology International Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. Please visit us at stand A20 at the Excel Center London.

  • Global Add-On Hindcast Products: GROW-MET, GROW-HYDRO, GROW-TIDE

    In addition to our standard global winds and waves, Oceanweather also maintains a collection of various hindcast options not typically found in our standard hindcasts. GROW-MET, GROW-TIDE, and GROW-HYDRO are three of OWI’s low cost, add-on hindcast products many find useful as a way to fulfil requirements for detailed metocean design that go beyond winds and waves. Below is a listing with detail for each of these hindcast add-on options.

  • Oceanweather in Partnership with Swell Navigator

    Oceanweather is pleased to announce our partnership with Swell Navigator. Swell Navigator is a new surf spot forecasting app developed by dedicated surf explorers. Oceanweather will be providing our expertise through standard global wind and wave forecast products. Surf spots, forecasts, and ideal conditions are fully personalized and customizable within the app. Swell Navigator allows you to build your personal surf spot database and organize it into custom surf lists. Share surf lists with your friends to score the most epic waves together.

  • Oceanweather Presents Hurricane Harvey Hindcast at 1st Workshop on Waves, Storm Surges and Coastal Hazards held in Liverpool, UK

    An analysis of Hurricane Harvey (2017) was presented at the 1st Workshop on Waves, Storm Surges and Coastal Hazards held in Liverpool, UK. Harvey made landfall near San Jose Island on the Texas coast as a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale with one-minute winds of 115-120 knots. The storm devastated the coastal towns of Rockport and Fulton TX and dumped over 50 inches of rain in the Houston area. In order to critically assess wind, wave and surge damage both offshore and on the coast, a detailed analysis of the wind and pressure fields in Harvey were required for application in ocean response models.

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