We firmly believe the strength of an organisation is down to its staff, and we have placed equal emphasis on our meteorologists, who are the key to quality and our quest for innovation. One of the undoubted strengths has proved to be that we ‘spun -in’ to the University of East Anglia campus, which has provided a supply of highly qualified meteorologists and kept us in touch with the latest meteorological research.
How we began
WeatherQuest started almost accidentally, prompted by the closure of the local Met Office weather centre in Norwich. In tandem with this, was the notion that there was a better way of delivering forecasts by fully utilising computers to streamline the meteorological mechanics of preparing advice to customers.
The aim was to place innovation at the core of our thinking by investing in software and computer systems to give WeatherQuest a focus on new delivery methods and access to the latest model feeds.
I firmly believe the strength of an organisation is down to its staff and we have placed equal emphasis on our meteorologists, who are the key to quality and our quest for innovation. One of the undoubted strengths has proved to be the fact that we ‘spun -in’ to the University of East Anglia campus, which has provided a supply of highly qualified meteorologists and kept us in touch with the latest meteorological research.
– Jim Bacon, founding Managing Director
Part of your team
WeatherQuest has a long history of serving the agricultural community, initially focussed upon East Anglia with Loddon Farmers, Woldmarsh and Framlingham Farmers, but gradually expanding to encompass the whole country and even including growers within Europe.
Regular detailed forecasts were provided each day by fax and these have developed into complete web-based portals with hugely increased data content, including climatological data.
Most early morning forecasts are sent via email or accessed by web portals nowadays of course.
From airwaves to headlines
The media formed a large part of early WeatherQuest activity with radio broadcasts to many stations in the BBC local radio network from Plymouth to Newcastle and Kent to Cumbria and at one stage WeatherQuest worked with 19 different BBC local radio stations.
On occasions this also involved on-screen presentation of BBC TV regional weather bulletins.
When the Breakfast TV weather bulletins started we no longer had a role in wider scale regional radio, but continued to provide leave cover in East Anglia.
The press part of media became a significant feature of our forecasts with the regional Eastern Daily Press (EDP) being a WeatherQuest product from the start and eventually other regional papers and The Times joined the list. We expanded our repertoire to include briefing and forecast graphics for the Irish TV channel, TG4 based in Galway, which we carried out for a number of years
Trusted port forecasts since the beginning
WeatherQuest has, from the start, been involved with forecasts for the Port of Felixstowe.
This focusses upon wind strength and its effect on the ability to use the cranes to load and unload vessels.
With close collaboration with users, this has developed into a high quality product for ports and harbours which has a wide take-up in the marine sector.
Forecasting for the future
The growing sector of the WeatherQuest output is undoubtedly in renewables, both in terms of construction and routine maintenance.
The strength of wind is crucial for these tasks as well as the effect this has on the state of the sea for transfer of engineers from the supply vessel to the turbine.
Our forecasts are regularly used on many of the wind farms in the UK region and even a few more exotic locations around the world.
WeatherQuest has also developed a comprehensive training program to help engineers and managers make the best use of weather information.
Expert meteorologists, dedicated to your success
Overall WeatherQuest has evolved into a highly skilled team of meteorologists with a range expertise in multiple sectors and still retains a desire to work closely with our clients to make our products fit your business processes.
Over the past two decades, our commitment to innovation, accuracy, and personalised service has allowed us to build long-standing relationships with our clients, helping them to make informed decisions and stay one step ahead of the weather and we look forward to providing this for years to come.