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By Tomorrow.io
Oct 25, 2023· 4 min, 1 sec

Brace for Winter Extremes with The Operator’s Winter Almanac

Over the last decade, we’ve seen weather events get increasingly more severe, impact more people, and cause devastating damage to surrounding areas.

In fact, as of October 2023, there have been 24 confirmed weather and climate disaster events in the United States that have caused losses exceeding $1 billion each this year alone. These events include: 18 severe storms, including 1 severe winter storm, 1 drought event, 1 flood event, 1 tropical cyclone, and 1 wildfire event. 

These events have resulted in the deaths of more than 200 people and have totaled $57.6 billion this year, marking 2023 as breaking a record for the number of billion-dollar events.

As we prepare ourselves for this coming winter, we must understand the potential impact weather has on business operations and what we can do to mitigate those disruptions. 

Why The Operator’s Winter Almanac?

For centuries, the annual Farmer’s Almanac has provided observers with insight into the coming winter’s fiercest storms, harshest cold, and more. 

Now, as the climate evolves, organizations require more than traditional weather forecasts. What they need is predictive AI-backed intelligence to navigate intensifying winter extremes. 

Introducing the Operator’s Winter Almanac—your data-driven guide to the season ahead. 

To uncover the season’s most impactful weather hazards, Tomorrow.io analyzed over 15,000 alerts from winter of 2022-23 across every sector.

This almanac highlights key weather impact patterns across industries, including proven strategies today’s leaders use to boost resilience in the face of snow, cold, wind, and ice.

Teams can use these AI-powered insights to stay ahead of threats, optimize operations, and ensure safety as the climate shifts.

What is an Almanac? 

An almanac is a publication that contains a plethora of information related to weather forecasts and planning data. Traditionally, almanacs have been indispensable tools for farmers and sailors, helping them plan activities in alignment with expected weather and tidal conditions. Over centuries, almanacs have evolved, yet their essence as a predictive tool remains intact.

The purpose of the Operator’s Winter Almanac is to give your organization a one-up in preparing for Winter 2023-24. With the help of next-generation weather technology backed by space data and AI/ML modeling, operations leaders across sectors will understand the biggest weather disruption risks for their organizations and know what they can do to mitigate the impact. 

Highlights from the Operator’s Winter Almanac:

The Operator’s Winter Almanac provides a wealth of data-driven insights to help leaders across industries strategically prepare for whatever the season brings. Here are some key highlights:

Top Disruptions: The top operational disruptions identified across sectors were workforce safety risks, supply chain delays, and reduced productivity from hazardous conditions forcing work stoppages.

Key Weather Hazards: Over 50% of alerts analyzed were related to high winds, heavy snowfall, and freezing temperatures—the primary drivers of disruption.

The most common weather hazards across industries were high winds, heavy snow, and freezing temperatures.

Most Affected Industries: Transportation, logistics, and energy suffered the greatest impacts due to reliance on outdoor work and infrastructure exposure. But even office-based industries faced challenges.

Logistics faced major challenges due to reliance on outdoor operations and infrastructure exposure to harsh winter conditions.

Benefits of the Operator’s Winter Almanac

As your organization takes winter weather protocols into consideration, you should consider how you are aligning your teams across the entire organization to be prepared for high-impact weather events. 

Here are just a few of the benefits of leveraging the Operator’s Winter Almanac for your organization’s winter operations. 

  • Uncover Crucial Insights: Delve into comprehensive analyses of winter’s major weather disruptions, enabling proactive response strategies to minimize operational downtime.
  • Access Industry-Specific Hazard Data: Obtain tailored data on winter hazards across diverse industries, facilitating precise risk assessment and robust contingency planning.
  • Discover Real-world Leadership Strategies: Learn how leaders from organizations like Uber, Ford, and JetBlue harness weather intelligence to mitigate risks. Gain actionable strategies to enhance operational resilience and safeguard business continuity against adverse winter conditions.
  • Benchmark Against Industry Leaders: Compare your organization’s weather preparedness with industry leaders, identifying areas of improvement to fortify your operational strategies against winter extremities.
  • Make Informed Decisions: Equip yourself with the knowledge to make data-driven decisions that optimize operations, ensuring safety and efficiency amidst the harsh winter season.
  • Gain a Competitive Advantage: Leverage weather intelligence to adapt swiftly to winter challenges while maintaining operational excellence and customer satisfaction.

Boost Your Winter Resilience

With Tomorrow.io, companies and organizations can leverage weather intelligence to solve their weather and climate-related challenges. From innovative early wearing systems to actionable insights, organizations can predict impact, mitigate risk, and ensure operational resilience. 

Winter weather hazards are real and can slow supply chains, reduce productivity, and increase safety risks. 

Download the Operator’s Almanac today and learn how you can start to prepare for your winter operations. 

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