November 20, 2011. San Diego, California.
As part of its ongoing project to provide meteorological support to the 2013 America’s Cup program, a team of WeatherFlow meteorologists were staged in San Diego to support the latest event in the America’s Cup World Series. This series is a set of preparatory races, staged by the America’s Cup race organizers and taking place in locations across the globe, with the initial races taking place in Cascais, Portugal and Plymouth, United Kingdom. After San Diego, the Series will move through a set of venues, including Naples and Venice, Italy, Newport, Rhode Island, and San Francisco itself, culminating in the Louis Vitton Cup and the America’s Cup itself.
For the San Diego series, WeatherFlow’s onscene meteorologists provided up-to-the-minute forecasting support for the race committee and officials, tracking and reporting on a series of storms that passed through the area and impacted the race area. With WeatherFlow help, organizers were able to adjust race times and locations to provide the best racing while maintaining safe conditions for both crews and spectators.
For the duration of the race, WeatherFlow installed an extremely high resolution version of its WRAMS mesoscale model, with a horizontal resolution of 250 meters to allow it to capture the extremely small scale topographic features surrounding the San Diego race course. The event also featured a customized implementation of WeatherFlow’s WindAlert application. Building on WindAlert’s powerful feature set, WeatherFlow programmers were able to provide additional custom functionality for the race, providing a one-stop weather resource for race organizers and teams.