When we began developing our Snow Proposal Builder, it became clear to us that there are a variety of ways contractors prepare snow and ice management estimates. It also became clear that snow removal contractors in different areas of the country prefer different types of estimates for one reason or another- often to appease their clients.
But no matter what type of estimate a contractor plans to prepare, they need historical weather data to help create the most accurate proposal they possibly can- and we kind of learned the importance of this the hard way…
Go iLawn and Go iPave Snow Proposal Builder Includes Weather Data
When we launched our Snow Proposal Builder for the first time in the fall of 2011, we didn’t include access to historical weather data within our application. We quickly learned that our customers really wanted this feature. They needed to tap into weather history while they were building their snow removal estimates in order to streamline the proposal process as much as possible.
So we went back to the drawing board and when we re-launched the second version of Proposal Builder the following year, we built a database of weather information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Canadian National Climate data archives.
Now with a click of a button our Proposal Builder users can access a decade’s worth of historical weather data to help them build their snow and ice management proposals. All they have to do is select an airport or weather station from the list we provide, and we’ll display the average snowfall totals for that airport or weather station from the past ten years.
Use NOAA Website to Download Snowfall Totals for Free
If you already have a proposal system and you just need historical weather data for the properties that you service, I’ve got good news for you. You can get this information for free right from NOAA.
It’s pretty simple to get and I’ve even prepared a document you can download from our website that walks you through a step-by-step process on how to get weather information for your area .
The way it works is that you’ve got to request the data on the NOAA website, NOAA will then process your request, and within a few days they’ll send you a link to download your results. In my experience I had the data within 48-hours of requesting it.
Click here to download our document that walks you through how to get snowfall information from the NOAA website.
Where do you get your historical weather data for snow removal contracts?