ACCUWEATHER D3 EXPRESS: How it works and what to expect

What exactly am I going to see here?

You will gain access to AccuWeather’s Impact Indicator™ Dashboard and Control Panel. The Impact Indicator™ measures potential risk for a number of different weather events including rain, snow, ice, high winds, severe cold, and extreme heat. You’ll be able to evaluate the impact of these events on your business all the way down to the individual postal code for targeted geographies.

What is the Impact Indicator?

AccuWeather’s Impact Indicator™ was created using 10 years of historical weather data across the United States to create weather perils classified by event and magnitude. Using a custom algorithm, we have created an impact value ranked on a scale of 1 (Insignificant) to 10 (Extreme) for how disruptive a weather event will be to your business. The impact, or risk value, considers the probability of a weather event occurring and the loss that the event caused at a particular location. The Impact Indicator™ measures potential risk for a number of different weather events including rain, snow, ice, high winds, severe cold, and extreme heat. With forecasts up to 90 days out and reports sent directly to you up to 4 times a day, it’s easy to stay ahead of the weather and plan for success.

How do I use the Impact Indicator?

AccuWeather’s Impact Indicator™ can be used in a variety of different ways for multiple lines of business. The Impact Indicator™ can guide strategies to keep your supply chain running smoothly to avoid transportation delays and costly stock-outs. The Impact Indicator™ can also be used as a means to ensure the safety of your employees, distribution centers, stores and property with alerts and ample lead time for potentially disruptive weather events. For example, a transportation company might use the Impact Indicator™ to identify transportation routes in the path of highly disruptive events and select alternate routes to stay on schedule and keep drivers safe. The Impact Indicator™ is also a useful tool to help inform your marketing campaigns and incentives. Using the Impact Indicator™, you can engage with your consumers at the right time and location to reduce staffing costs while maintaining customer satisfaction. As an example, a retail company might use the Impact Indicator™ to see when extremely hot temperatures are forecast and promote summer-related apparel in email campaigns to consumers in affected areas.

How do I interpret maps on AccuWeather D3 Express?

Maps of the Impact Indicator™ are easy to understand and interpret. Areas shown in white will not be experiencing any type of disruptive or impactful weather while areas in the shades of blue are expected to experience minimally disruptive weather, locations in the green and yellow spectrum are predicted to have moderately disruptive weather, and areas in the orange and red colors are forecast to have the most disruptive weather that could be extremely disruptive.

How do I interpret the different values of the Impact Indicator™?

The values of the Impact Indicator are ranked on a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 means the weather event is insignificant and will not be disruptive to your business and 10 means the weather event could be extremely disruptive to your business. The graphic below shows you how you can interpret each of the values between 1 and 10 on the scale and how they may impact your business:

How granular is the Impact Indicator™?

AccuWeather’s Impact Indicator™ is highly granular down to the zip code level across the entire United States. The Impact Indicator™ is also customizable and can be developed to trigger alerts for any specific location using latitude and longitude.

How does Impact Indicator™ account for differences across the United States?

We know that weather and how people react to different weather events varies by location. For example, 2.00 inches of snow in Syracuse, New York will cause little disruption to daily life, but 2.00 inches of snow in Atlanta, Georgia can be extremely disruptive with traffic delays and even school closures. AccuWeather’s Impact Indicator™ accounts for these differences so that you don’t have to guess how each of your many locations will be impacted. The Impact Indicator™ considers the overall likelihood of a weather event and the historical damage the event has caused for a given location. We then rank these events on a scale of 1-10 in order to assign a risk value for a threshold of a weather metric. A value of 1 means the weather event occurs more frequently and results in little to no damage and is categorized as insignificant. A value of 10 means the event rarely happens and can result in severe damage and is categorized as extremely disruptive.

How does the Free Trial work? What happens when it’s over?

You’ll gain access to the AccuWeather D3 Express tier of your choice and have free access to determine value for 30 days. Once the 30 days are up, your credit card will be charged should you want to continue using the service. Once in use, you’ll always have the option to upgrade your service level or cancel the service at your convenience.

Does each person on my team have to come to this site and sign up for access to AccuWeather D3 Express?

No. One person can set up the main account for your company, then invite others to sign up under that account so billing is streamlined and access is controlled.

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