WSI Announces WSI STAR System

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Weather Authority Introduces New Severe-Weather-Status Tool for Wind Farm & Utilities Operators

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The STAR System will make both wind farm and utility operators better informed and more proficient at their jobs, especially during severe weather alerts

WSI (Weather Services International), the most trusted global weather solutions provider, today announced that it is beginning to take orders for Q2 delivery of the new STAR (Storm-Threat-Alert-Respond) System, a tool integrating real-time weather, weather forecasts and alerting for lightning and storms that helps professionals in both wind turbine and utility operations respond to the effects of severe weather outages.

The STAR System is available in two versions. One is designed for wind farm operations and maintenance managers, the other for utility operators. Both versions offer two screen views, continental mode and site mode. Continental mode allows users to view a large interactive map for situational awareness and current "alert status" of all facilities or wind farms monitored. Site mode enables users to view detailed forecast and alert information in regard to a specific facility or wind farm. Users can easily switch between the two views.

"The STAR System will make both wind farm and utility operators better informed and more proficient at their jobs, especially during severe weather alerts," said Ira Scharf, WSI General Manager, Energy and Risk Division. "WSI's STAR System incorporates the latest technology in weather forecasting, lightning detection and storm alerting."

Features of the STAR System include:

  • Interactive map with pan/zoom capabilities allowing for overlaying of multiple data layers including: satellite, radar, lightning, observed wind speed, observed temperature, tropical forecasts, tropical model plots, tropical watches/warnings NWS Watches/Warnings (US only)
  • Proactive alerting for each site or wind farm
  • Alert log to view all alerts over past 90 days or search over a specific date rage for key events
  • Daily and hourly forecasts for each site or wind farm
  • Environment Canada watches/warnings
  • Administration tool

Additional features in the WSI STAR Utilities Version include:

  • Forecast graphics on wind speed, temperature, radar, satellite, accumulated rainfall and snowfall from WSI's high resolution weather model, RPM
  • Observations (in graphical format) for each site from the most recent weather incident through observations over the past three days

To learn more about the STAR System, visit WSI's at eWorld, Hall 2, Booth 134, February 9-11 in Essen, Germany, or contact WSI's Rob Boucher at rboucher(at)wsi(dot)com

About WSI Corporation
WSI is the most trusted source of weather information across the globe. Top energy trading groups, insurance professionals, risk management companies and financial institutions worldwide trust WSI to supply them with easy-to-use, timely and expert weather guidance to help anticipate market volatility, mitigate risk and make critical decisions with confidence. WSI is a member of The Weather Channel Companies and is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts with offices in Birmingham, England. The Weather Channel Companies are owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, please visit us on the web at http://www.wsi.com or call us at 877.WSI.CORP or +44.121.233.7600.

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Linda Maynard    
Weather Services International     
(978) 983-6715    

Editorial Contact:
Barbara Rudolph    
Rudolph Communications, LLC
(781) 229-1811

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