Perth-based business, Event Weather was this week announced as the winner of the WA iAward in the Tourism and Hospitality category for its world-first weather forecasting service.
Event Weather is an online service that predicts the most likely weather conditions on any chosen date, for up to 12 months in advance. Traditional weather reports can only forecast up to 9 days in advance.
Launched in 2008, Event Weather initially provided weather forecasts for 3 locations, but today, it has expanded to cover 12 locations Australia-wide, including major capital cities and some popular tourist destinations.
Founder and Director of Event Weather, Amir Farhand, says that the service is the first of its kind, and is applicable to anyone who is making a decision that is likely to be impacted by the weather.
“Event Weather is the first company to ever provide a service that looks at long-term weather conditions for a single day,” he said.
“A weather report generated by this service gives people weather conditions that have been processed from nine standard weather attributes and a lot of history,” he said.
The online service combines complex propriety algorithms together with historical weather data to produce a detailed weather forecast report that includes the predicted minimum and maximum temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and likelihood of rainfall at two stages throughout a chosen day.
Since launching, Event Weather has drawn curiosity from travelers who are unsure about weather conditions in Australia and but need to make travel plans well in advance. The service is also gaining popularity with event planners and the bridal market, and attracting a ground swell of interest from sporting enthusiasts and anyone who is looking to hold or attend an outdoor event.
The iAwards celebrates innovation in the information and communication technology industry, and its contribution to the economy and to Australiaʼs international competitiveness.
Event Weather will represent WA at the national iAwards gala dinner in Melbourne in August.