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Riders on the Storm – How GRITIT™ Accurately Forecasts Winter Weather

November 22, 2019

Industry-leading performance isn’t just down to highly skilled operators, class-leading LANTRA training and the latest vehicles and equipment. In our weather-focused industry, the quality and accuracy of weather forecasts is absolutely crucial to delivering exceptional performance. We achieve this via our partnership with forecaster MetDesk. GRITIT delivers over 250,000 jobs per year, utilising over 500 gritting and snow clearance vehicles to ensure over 5,500 sites under our management are free from ice and snow. Last season we achieved a customer satisfaction score of 99% from over 250,000 service visits.

GRITIT partners with MetDesk

metdeskMetDesk is a leading private weather company that specialises in industry and location-specific forecast models. MetDesk provides us with outstanding forecasting accuracy of temperature and site conditions and offers the most detailed-UK weather areas, with thousands of localised temperatures providing full coverage across the UK.

Highly accurate forecasts

MetDesk leads the way with forecast accuracy thanks to access to multiple weather models such as the Met Office’s high resolution models, the world beating ECMWF weather model and the American Global Forecast System. Market leading accuracy is enhanced by MetDesk’s groundbreaking road forecast model. It is the only company to offer a completely dedicated winter forecasting service to the private gritting sector — this means all forecast information provided to us is quality controlled by MetDesk’s team of expert meteorologists to ensure the highest level of accuracy possible. Since its formation, MetDesk has consistently surpassed targets set by the Highways Agency, boasting an impressive 97.8% reporting accuracy in comparison to Highways England’s 85%.


Road surface temperature, not air temperature

Other winter services suppliers may be satisfied with air temperature predictions for winter forecasting. GRITIT uses bespoke local quadrant road temperature analysis, developed for use in logistics and transportation. We often service clients’ sites even if the TV or a weather website forecasts don’t fall below zero. These forecasts are generally based on air temperature. Instead, we trigger services based on local area road surface temperatures – a factually more accurate indicator of the presence of ice.

MetDesk benefits summarised

We are provided with highly detailed, location-specific weather forecasts for private gritting purposes:

  • Forecaster edited - site specific weather forecasts.
  • Hundreds of site-specific forecast locations updated up to 24 times every day.
  • 24/7-hour meteorological support.
  • Hi-resolution forecasting capable of identifying local cold spots.
  • 24/7 monitoring, updating and amending services.
  • MetDesk’s next generation satellite and radar allows us to monitor the weather in real time.
  • Unique snow forecast model for road and pavement surfaces.
  • Innovative web and mobile offering delivering real -time data to the heart of our Control Centre.
  • Rapid set up time for new sites.
  • Regular accuracy reporting allows us to be able to monitor the quality of MetDesk forecasts.

All our forecasts are designed to ensure GRITIT™ are always on top of the latest weather conditions.

Contact us for more information

The extremes of recent years have demonstrated the unpredictability of winter weather in the UK. If you're responsible for a portfolio of buildings, facilities, business or retail parks, this can make it challenging to budget for the costs of winter services. At GRITIT, we offer a breadth of commercial arrangements with the flexibility to meet the needs of your business. Pay for gritting and/or snow clearance only when needed with a cost per visit (CPV) arrangement that ensures you only pay when the weather conditions trigger a visit. For more cost predictability, fixed price deals for the winter are ideal and ensure peace of mind that no matter how harsh the winter, you will only pay the agreed price.

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This covers all visits for winter gritting and/or snow and ice clearance when the agreed weather condition trigger is reached. For clients seeking a hybrid model that combines elements of both arrangements we can create a tailored commercial plan. We can also work with you to customise the triggers for visits according to the exact temperature or snow conditions that meet your requirements – and advise on best practice for doing so while keeping your sites safe.

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