Patent Number: 6,298,307

Title: User specific real-time weather information source for compiling time varying weather conditions relating to future event

Abstract: The best-in-time forecasting system customizes its output forecast to the specific needs of a user and an identified event, which forecast is optimized as a function of the length of time between the receipt of the request and the time of the event. The best-in-time forecasting system comprises a data ingest & assimilation system that obtains the time-varying phenomena characteristic data from a plurality of external data sources and processes this information into a form and content appropriate for the needs of the best-in-time forecasting system. The processed data is stored in an information server for use by a presentation content system which functions to receive, process and respond to the user-provided information requests. A plurality of databases are included in the presentation content system to provide a subset of the time-varying characteristic data that the phenomena forecaster requires to process the forecast request. A user preferences database is an optional component of this database and functions to record the past activity of the user to enable the best-in-time forecasting system to provide user-customized responses. An activity database provides information relating to a definition of the various activities which are supported by the best-in-time forecasting system. The activity data notes the time-varying characteristics that are relevant to this activity so that the presentation content system can customize the data stored in the time-varying phenomena characteristic information database as a function of the event.

Inventors: Murphy; John M. (Westminster, CO), Moore; Wayne Crosby (Longmont, CO), Barron; Robert Keith (Boulder, CO)

Assignee: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

International Classification: G01W 1/10 (20060101); G06F 017/30 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018