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SSESCO Launches WxPortal For Weather-Sensitive Businesses At American Meteorological Society's 82nd Annual Meeting.

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American Meteorological Society's 82nd Annual Meeting

SAINT PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 14, 2002

Unique Service Allows Users to View, Analyze and Explain Complex

Weather Situations Resulting in Better, Faster Business Decisions

SSESCO, a leading provider of products and services to the environmental and meteorological markets, announced today the launch of its new WxPortal(TM) web service at the American Meteorological Society's Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

WxPortal is an entirely new way to view, analyze and explain complex weather situations.

The service helps weather-sensitive enterprises make better operational and financial decisions by allowing users to select and combine dozens of weather layers on a single, unified web page. "WxPortal is a unique tool to interactively display multiple data sets," says Certified Consulting Meteorologist, Dr. Walt Lyons. "With WxPortal, users can easily extract economically valuable information on weather impacts." The WxPortal system currently generates nearly 500,000 integrated weather maps every day from data provided by the National Weather Service (NWS) and other sources.

"A huge amount of data is available, but it becomes valuable only when you can apply it to your problems and decisions" says Mark Ahlstrom, CEO of SSESCO. "That's where we come in. With WxPortal, we translate complex data into useful information for our clients. This information, delivered in a visual format, allows meteorologists and business professionals managing weather sensitive businesses and government operations to make better decisions, faster." More than $1 trillion of the U.S. economy is weather sensitive, representing industries as diverse as transportation, agriculture, energy producers, construction, and insurance.

WxPortal is built on a powerful paradigm known as ensemble decision making. Rather than relying on just one forecast model, WxPortal users look at several overlaid models simultaneously to see how they agree or differ, then make a decision and judge the certainty of their decision based on the collective information. WxPortal supports ensemble decision making by constantly ingesting raw weather data, processing the data into a unified internal format, then delivering updated map images. WxPortal allows users to include proprietary maps and custom forecasts. Because WxPortal is completely web-enabled, it requires no special hardware or software to install, maintain or upgrade.

About SSESCO

Founded in 1989, SSESCO is a leading provider of products and services to the environmental and meteorological markets. The company's products, which include WxPortal and Environmental WorkBench, involve breakthrough technology designed to analyze, create, deliver, and interact with environmental and meteorological data. By providing compelling visual display of 3D environmental analysis and location-specific meteorological forecasts, SSESCO technology allows customers to rapidly integrate data from many different formats, time scales, and sources to make better and faster business decisions. The company's clients include Boeing's Autometric division, NASA, the United States Air Force, and others. For product information, see www.wxportal.com, or visit the company on the web at www.ssesco.com.
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