Forecast weather alerts for insurance companies

Oct 15, 2020 General
Are weather extreme events increasing in frequency and intensity? Can we attribute these extreme weather events to climate change?

In fact, weather extreme events have emerged over the years in the Spanish territory. The dreaded cold drops or DANA, for example, shaking the Mediterranean coast have had a presence over the years, generating strong and damaging storms. However, it has been observed that, in recent years, this type of meteorological situation is occurring with greater frequency and intensity. According to research published in the journal Pure and Applied Geophysics, in the last 35 years the temperature of the Mediterranean has increased 1.27 degrees Celsius, having a direct incidence on the frequency and intensity of this type of meteorological phenomenon.

These weather conditions have resulted in an increase in the number of claims that insurance companies have had to process in recent years. For this reason, having tools that allow having a better knowledge of adverse weather conditions in the coming hours are increasingly necessary for the insurance sector.

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In order to improve the response capacity to adverse weather situations, Meteosim has an operating system for generating meteorological alerts for the entire Spanish territory. The service allows to know, well in advance, the information on the different meteorological risks on an hourly basis, by postal code and in accordance with the alert criteria that are of interest to the client.

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Thanks to the weather forecast alert service, insurance companies and claims processors can benefit from the system’s functionalities and anticipate adverse weather:

  • Generation of weather alerts by postal code within 48 hours.
  • Generation of alerts for different meteorological variables (wind speed and gust, maximum and minimum temperature, accumulated hourly and daily precipitation, precipitation in the form of snow, hail probability index, etc.).
  • Custom alert thresholds according to customer needs.
  • Update of the meteorological alerts generated every 6 hours.

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