NOAA plans to purchase commercial radio occultation intel to smoothen its weather predictions

A report from the Commercial Weather Data Pilot reveals that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be buying commercial radio occultation information to run efficiently. 

A summary of the Commercial Weather Data Pilot indicates that NOAA is installing this data to meet weather forecasting demands after a successful technical tryout of this data. Two commercials conducted the audition in the CWDP Round 2 Pilot. NOAA is hopeful that it can operationalize this plan as soon as possible. 

Initially, NOAA obtained the radio occultation data from Ionosphere, Climate-2, and the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology. The radio occultation data includes earthbound and space weather conditions. NOAA has meant to find another occultation data source. This mission led to the inculcated CWDP tests first in 2016, followed by another round in 2018.

NOAA gave the CWDP contracts to PlanetiQ, GeoOptics, and Spire Global, but PlanetiQ did not submit citing that they are yet to deploy their first satellite. The two firms continued the CWDP Round 2, and NOAA collected the radio occultation data for further analysis. After that, NOAA identified that it is viable to use the data to modify its weather forecasting experiments. 

NOAA’s analysis of the occultation data from Spire and GeoOptics reveals that the data by GeoOptics satellites are the most prevalent of the two firms. For instance, the forecasts in Southern latitudes on a four-day basis were more practical and visible for GeoOptics compared to Spire. Additionally, the one-day forecast in the northern latitudes was almost similar for the two firms. 

Spire’s chief executive Peter Platzer terms the report excellent and hopes that the data can help forecast weather so that the inhabitants of the earth can prepare for weather eventualities. He also states that this data is essential for Spire and GeoOptics in their quest to launch satellites into space. 

GeoOptics chief executive and former NOAA administrator Conrad Lautenbacher is excited that commercial radio occultation data from satellites can support the National Weather Service NOAA to speculate weather patterns for the Americans. He hopes that the federal government can financially support such programs as long as it is within its financial jurisdiction.

In conclusion, Americans are a happy lot now that they can receive proximal data forecast updates. They can easily plan for the seasons and avoid bad investment decisions. NOAA must widely explore these weather concepts and find suitable satellites that can detect even the slightest weather changes in space and terrestrial land.