Celebrating 40 Years: Memories & Successes

In the early days of WWT, meteorologists arrived at 4am to work on the morning weather forecast for the Gulf of Mexico. These reports were typed up and printed, so the person on fax duty could send them out one by one. Typically it would take forecasters four hours to complete the regional gulf report forecast and distribution. Other daily tasks included hand-analyzing surface charts and producing temperature, wind, and sea-state forecasts for coastal sites and international marine customers.

GOM Wave Model
Wave height forecast for the Gulf of Mexico behind a strong cold front that produced widespread gale force winds.

Over time, as business grew, so did the demand for immediate, operational weather information. In the early 2000s, WWT introduced customized client web pages, a tool that would provide customers easy access to weather information for their region and site-specific locations worldwide. In the late 2000s, with enhanced forecast models at our fingertips, there became a demand for long-range forecasts and historical analyses.

Looking back at our growth during the previous 40 years, we’d like to share a few noteworthy memories and successes:

  • In 2002, Hurricane Lili brought a record number of hits to the WWT website. Customers checked their customized websites at a rate of 500 hits per minute!
  • In 2008, Hurricane Ike made landfall over Galveston, Texas and caused widespread power outages across Houston. However, we did not miss a beat as WWT operated on a backup generator for nine days until power was restored. WWT meteorologists remember feeling the building sway side-to-side for several hours during the storm.
  • In 2010, WWT was acquired by Rockwell Collins, a leading provider of avionic solutions and communications for the business and commercial aviation industry.
  • In 2005, we received our PETRONAS certification to supply weather forecast and advisory services to the Malaysian Oil & Gas sector.
  • WWT became ISO 9001 certified, demonstrating our commitment to product quality and customer satisfaction.

From customized client web pages to an interactive mobile app, WWT continues to design and improve state-of-the-art offshore forecasting tools.

  • For over 16 years, WWT customers have utilized customized web pages to view the latest weather information for their site-specific locations.
  • Since the early 2000s, Wilkens Weather Live, a daily weather briefing tailored to offshore operators, has produced customized weather videos for various regions globally including the South China Sea, the North Sea, and the Middle East.
WWT meteorologist Olivia Kintigh prepares and delivers daily marine weather briefings for offshore sites around the world.

Within the last six years, WWT has focused on client feedback and demand, leading us to launch the following:

  • An Enhanced Daily Tropical Weather Summary, with detailed quantitative analysis of tropical waves, to customers across all major ocean basins.
  • The GIS display tool, RealView, with worldwide tropical cyclone tracking tools for client site-specific locations.
  • iOS mobile app with more interactive tools and WWL video.
  • Tropical advisory service for significant tropical disturbances.
  • WWT’s first probability-based forecast product, EnsembleSimulator.
  • Enhanced graphical weather outlooks, with detailed summaries of low visibility and thunderstorm events.

wwt app

At Wilkens Weather, we are committed to building strong, lasting relationships through our customer-centric approach and flexibility to meet the evolving requirements of our clients. Email sales@wilkensweather.com to learn more!