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Recognizing that February 5 is National Weatherpersons Day, and the inherent importance that daily weather patterns hold for those working in utilities and across the grid, that got me thinking: Who in your workforce is responsible for tracking & preparing for weather events? Is that a dedicated role?

Broken down:

  • Assuming your organization is tracking weather patterns fairly regularly, how are you doing so?
  • Specifically, where in your workforce hierarchy is weather tracking?
  • Do you have an employee or whole department who's tracking upcoming weather patterns and feeding that information to those who need it (planning for demand, emergency response, etc.)?
  • What tools do they use to do so? 

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Good day Matt, 

My responses below your questions.

 

Assuming your organization is tracking weather patterns fairly regularly, how are you doing so?

For the utilities I worked with The Transmission System Control Centers that would track the weather.

 

Specifically, where in your workforce hierarchy is weather tracking?

It has been the system dispatcher in the Control Center who would be responsible for tracking the weather.

 

Do you have an employee or whole department who's tracking upcoming weather patterns and feeding that information to those who need it (planning for demand, emergency response, etc.)?

It was generally left up to the folks in the control room. 

 

What tools do they use to do so? 

Some control centers use Pelmorex's weather service, Storm Tracker and some used Indji software that  monitors information on natural hazards like fires, lightning and severe weather in real-time and compares the location and nature of this information against your actual infrastructure. 

 

 

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Matt Chester on Feb 7, 2022

Really helpful-- thanks for sharing your experience, Leo!