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CustomWeather, Inc., a specialized provider of high-resolution weather data and alert services, announced that they are participating in a grant as part of the Upper Merced River Watershed application to the Bureau of Reclamation’s 2021 WaterSmart Cooperative Watershed Management Program Phase 1. CustomWeather’s role will involve research related to precipitation forecasting in the Merced Basin.

As part of a grant awarded to Merced Irrigation District, CustomWeather will be tasked with precipitation forecast enhancement, analytical work upstream in the Dry Creek Sub-basin to adjust forecast bias and precipitation procedures based on historical model data and observed data, as well as development of gridded storm precipitation comparative tools to analyze forecast data from MIDH2O and the California Nevada River Forecast Center.

Geoff Flint, CustomWeather’s CEO says, “CustomWeather has had a long, positive relationship with Merced Irrigation District, and we are excited to partner with them on this project that will contribute to the maintenance and management of the watershed, helping to improve weather forecasts in high elevation areas where weather forecasting is notoriously difficult.”