Forecasting Weather for the Individual
The purpose of the private weather consulting program was, and is, to provide detailed site and time specific weather forecast information to users who need this more specific information. It is interesting to note that many of my clients would watch me during my noon, 5 p.m., or 11 p.m. TV forecasts knowing that once I was off the air I would write them a more detailed forecast that would be much different than the generic one provided while I was on the air!
The goal of ERF is to provide as much specific, both site and time, weather information as we can in terms that the user can understand. This is not always easy and does necessitate the use of the phone to clarify any unanswered questions that are not covered in the daily forecast. Of course, part of our service also promotes the use of the phone as a forecast tool. We want to hear from our clients as often as you want to call! The mission of ERF is to keep you ahead of any eventual weather events; sometimes this can be accomplished days in advance, other times we only have a matter of hours. Even with all of the computer technology, direct communication via phone is the quickest and best method of getting the word out. During severe weather events, we trust the phone over faxes, e-mail, or any other method. It seems to work the best for all of us.
ERF will continue to
improve on our forecast techniques and databases. WE WILL continue
to develop programs that are requested by you, our client. Many
of the products that we use today are based on requests from
many of you. Our pest and disease modeling information was a
direct request from one of our spray applicator clients who wanted
us to run different pest and disease models for him. We not only
went out and got the models, but we have also been installing
more and more weather stations to support the overall program.
The same holds true for irrigation management and transportation.
We are currently working on a number of new products and features
that are based on your needs and suggestions. Many of these will
be available as value-added services at no charge. All you need
is a computer and you can have direct access to the information.
Of course, you can give us a call, too! I offer plenty of advice,
even if it is for your next vacation.