The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon has hired its own weatherman.
Race organizers are getting weather forecasts every 30 minutes from a private weather consulting company in Dallas.
Colin Perry, owner of the Perry Weather Consulting Company, said television meteorologists and the National Weather Service provide forecasts for the general public.
“They are automated by some sort of computer,” he said. “Our forecasts are handcrafted and analyzed by our meteorologists for our clients specific locations. We specialize in high resolution weather forecasting for very localized areas.”
Attendance at a sporting event and the decision whether to delay or cancel it often depends on the weather forecast.
Clients pay Perry, a 2012 graduate of Texas A&M who majored in meteorology and minored in mathematics, for the most detailed weather forecast possible for a specific location.
“It's kind of looking deeper into the forecast for them and providing as much information as we can,” Perry said.
Perry started his consulting company six months ago after working for an agricultural future forecasting company in Chicago.
Clients of the Chicago firm would use weather forecasts to help make buying decisions on agricultural futures.
Perry said there are very few private weather consulting companies in the country.
“It's obviously a really small niche but I saw the need for it,” he said. “I saw the market wasn't saturated at all with these kind of companies.”
Among Perry's clients have been the Dallas Cup, a premier youth soccer tournament in Dallas, and Southern Methodist University, which hired the consulting company to provide detailed weather forecasts for Thursday's library dedication of the George W. Bush Center.
Groundskeepers of golf courses are frequent users of his service, Perry said.
“There is such a science to keeping these premier golf courses looking the way they are,” he said.