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The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to meteorological data processing and display systems, and more specifically to systems and methods of calculating and displaying localized hail activity.
"There is currently a lack of precision in automated processing and reporting of the intensity of a hail storm. That is to say that the size, density, and duration of hail at a particular location is not readily available and in a format for consumption in order to take meaningful action in response to the hail data. Limited processing and reporting is available for one of the options but not all three. For example, current reporting may readily show 'quarter size hail,' but fail to readily include the duration of that hail size during the hail event or only indicate that hail of that size occurred in a broad region of a metropolis.
"This lack of precision in hail storm data has business-wide adverse impact. For example, in the insurance industry, insurance adjusters must investigate and prove or disprove claims after a hail storm. Due to the nature of a hail storm, a large number of reports for investigation are received afterward in a short period of time. Time can be of the essence in investigating such claims due to the liability of the insurance company. As more time passes between the hail storm and the insurance investigation, the more difficult it is to establish the hail storm as the cause of damages to property. Currently an adjuster's primary option is to visit the insured sites without being able to prioritize the insured sites by probability of meaningful damage, resulting in inefficient use of limited time.
"Again, the deficiency in processing of historical meteorological data for intensity of hail storms in a readily used format is shown in the insurance industry. The fundamental approach of insurance is to spread risk across the pool of the insured. Additionally, the decision to underwrite and the premiums assessed are adjusted based on the potentially insured party. Currently, the lack of precision in hail storm data processing and reporting limits the ability use the historical data to focus on prior hail storm events for a localized area and thus make meaningful underwriting decisions.
"For the above reasons, it would be advantageous to have a system and methods of"
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The present invention is directed to system and method of processing meteorological data. The process comprises receiving meteorological data corresponding to a geographic region from at least one meteorological data source for a selected time slice, with the meteorological data including radar reflectivity data. The system processes the meteorological data to derive probability of severe hail for points within the geographic region, processes the meteorological data to derive vertically integrated liquid for the points within the geographic region, and processes the meteorological data to derive enhanced echo tops for the points within the geographic region. The system processes the vertically integrated liquid and the enhanced echo tops to derive vertically integrated liquid density for the points within the geographic region and processes the probability of severe hail and the vertically integrated liquid density to derive derived hail index numbers for the points within the geographic region. The system generate data packets of the derived hail index numbers, with each of the derived hail index numbers corresponding to a local geographic point.
"These and other features, aspects, and advantages of the invention will become better understood with reference to the following description, and accompanying drawings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 depicts an embodiment of a system according to the current invention;
"FIG. 2 depicts a flowchart of the major steps of a process implemented to an embodiment of a system according to the current invention;
"FIG. 3 depicts a flowchart of a subset of the process of FIG. 1;
"FIG. 4 depicts a representative partial database schema for input into the process and system of FIG. 1;
"FIG. 5A depicts a representative early visual frame of a series in light hail intensity conditions;
"FIG. 5B depicts a representative middle visual frame of a series in light hail intensity conditions;
"FIG. 5C depicts a representative later visual frame of a series in light hail intensity conditions;
"FIG. 6A depicts a representative early visual frame of a series in moderate hail intensity conditions;
"FIG. 6B depicts a representative middle visual frame of a series in moderate hail intensity conditions;
"FIG. 6C depicts a representative later visual frame of a series in moderate hail intensity conditions;
"FIG. 7A depicts a representative early visual frame of a series in severe hail intensity conditions;
"FIG. 7B depicts a representative middle visual frame of a series in severe hail intensity conditions; and
"FIG. 7C depicts a representative later visual frame of a series in severe hail intensity conditions."
URL and more information on this patent application, see: Sneed, Daron. Systems and Methods for Inferring Localized Hail Intensity. Filed
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