Stony Brook 2:30 pm next Thurs (5/1). Weather and Impact Forecasting at a Public Utility

Title: Weather and Impact Forecasting at a Public Utility Endeavour Hall 120 on May 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Severe storms, heat, and climate change are all things that impact the ability of a utility to provide safe and reliable services to its customers. An accurate weather forecast is important but relating it to how the weather will impact the utility systems is critical. The meteorologists at Con Edison prepare daily weather forecasts specific to the company. They also use the weather information as inputs to a variety of models and decision making tools that provide the system operators an understanding of what impact the weather will have. We will present how that weather information is communicated and used within the company. Also, we will show some of our decision making tools; like an overhead electric impact model that was designed to predict the amount of work the company could expect under certain weather conditions. We will wrap up with some ideas for the future and how the business community can work together with the meteorology and academic community to create better information and tools.

Bio:

Brandon Hertell is a meteorologist at the Consolidated Edison Company of New York working in the Emergency Management department. Brandon holds a B.S. in Meteorology from the State University of New York at Oneonta, and is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist. He is an active member of the American Meteorological Society and its Energy Sector Committee. He is a founding member of UtiliMet, a Utility Meteorologist benchmarking group composed of meteorologists working in the utility industry. Prior to Con Edison, Brandon worked as a forecaster routing ships and private yachts all over the world. He also spent some time in the news business as a morning on-air Meteorologist.

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