Abstract

With the rapid development of computing and mapping software, meteorologists are able to create graphical marine weather forecasts to provide drilling operations a better picture of the weather windows for their operations. By being able to combine satellite, radar, operation locations, wind and wave forecasts onto one map, the operator has a quick overview of the weather's impacts on his/her operations. Global models are now available every 6 hours giving various forecasts of winds and waves out to 15 days. This information can be used to have a preliminary view of what weather one could encounter for support vessels or for weather sensitive operations. Examples of weather in the North Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and Gulf of Mexico will be given to show how technology has changed and how the meteorologists communicate the weather to the oil and gas industry.

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