Minneapolis – Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
From April 10-12, a strong winter storm produced a total of 10″ of snowfall at MSP. On April 11, this storm was paired with very strong winds of up to 50 mph and lightning.
Thanks to ClimaCell’s hyperlocal and accurate weather forecasts, a large airline was able to operate during periods of lower wind speeds, while taking the necessary and appropriate precautions to proactively suspend deicing during the high risk timeframes when winds were too strong. Similarly, they responded to the lightning risk appropriately and closed the ramps at the right time.
ClimaCell correctly predicted not only the type, timing, and amount of precipitation, but was also the only one to anticipate strong winds and cloud-to-ground lightning at the times they occurred.
When wind speeds (including gusts) exceed 44 mph, this major airline has the policy to lower deicing booms and cease deicing until wind speeds decrease. Further, it closes the ramps when there is a cloud-to-ground lightning risk. Knowing about periods of lower wind speeds and the duration of lightning concerns allow this airline to continue operating and keep employees and equipment safe.
ClimaCell’s instant messaging and alerting enabled the ACC to proactively suspend deicing only for short durations which materialized as above threshold. There are 2 scenarios how the ACC would have handled high winds without ClimaCell:
Further, without ClimaCell the ACC would have had to close the ramps for longer than necessary, as its other forecasts issued the same alerts for dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning and for less relevant cloud-to-cloud lightning.