Overview of Moody's RMS HWind
(Re)insurers, brokers, capital markets, government agencies, and academia rely on HWind products for real-time event preparation and response, the triggering of parametric insurance contracts, validation against experience, and research.
Stay Ahead of the Storm
Understand the range of potential losses across multiple forecast scenarios, capturing the uncertainty in how track and intensity will evolve.
Accurate Hazard Insights
Identify the maximum wind speed experienced at a location to quickly determine if parametric insurance has been triggered and inform claims adjustment.
Validate Against History
Demonstrate example pay-outs for past storms and validate pricing for parametric insurance. Calibrate historical claims against hazard for internal views of risk.
HWind Real-Time Analysis
Real-time tropical cyclone data leading up to, during, and following landfall.
5-day forecast track scenarios, footprints, and losses made available up to every 6-hours once an Atlantic tropical cyclone is named
Instantaneous views of the tropical cyclone track and hazard characteristics produced every 6 hours throughout the storm’s life cycle
Wind field footprint produced on a rolling, cumulative basis every 6 hours over the lifetime of the storm, leveraging all preceding snapshot analyses
Full wind field footprint and track produced 1-3 days after landfall, based on expert review of all available data used during and after the event
AXA Climate to Use RMS HWind as a Trigger Metric for Parametric Insurance Policies
…Data coming from independent reputable organizations like RMS HWind solutions…will allow us to structure innovative parametric covers and bring to our clients the best tailormade Tropical Cyclone coverage both in terms of price and claim settlement.
Head of Insurance, AXA Climate
HWind Enhanced Archive
A catalog of 25+ years of high-resolution images, snapshots, and footprints from historical hurricanes
Same HWind Framework
Informed by the same underlying science as the HWind Real-Time Analysis offerings
Incorporates new, revised, or reprocessed data sources and track information made available after the event
Informed by additional analysis iterations to match observational data and create the best representation of a storm’s track and hazard profile over time
Library is updated annually as new data becomes available and new storms occur
Real-Time Insights for Fast Parametric Pay-Outs
HWind cumulative footprints are finalized shortly after landfall enabling fast, reliable pay-outs of parametric insurance contracts. Typically based on observational data they can capture complex features in storm structure. Wind hazard is represented on a high resolution 1x1km grid enabling the wind speeds experienced at a location to be accurately identified, minimizing basis risk.
Unmatched Scientific Credibility
Backed by hundreds of citations in peer-reviewed publications across a variety of research fields, HWind data is used by researchers and scientists for numerous applications, including numerical weather prediction model validation, and as inputs for storm surge and wave models.
Release of HWind Forecasting Products (2019)
“Powered by a combination of HWind real-time observational data feeds, real-time track forecast data, and the RMS North Atlantic Hurricane modeling framework, our new forecasting products help the market gain earlier insights into potential hazard and loss impacts before landfall, informing key, time-critical decisions as the event unfolds."
Unrivaled Insight and Detail
HWind products reflect wind field characteristics with more frequency, accuracy, and granularity than publicly available sources, including the National Hurricane Center.
HWind datasets incorporate unique wind field analysis metrics developed by HWind scientists, such as Integrated Kinetic Energy, a globally recognized index for measuring tropical cyclone size and intensity, and a proven alternative to the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
Unparalleled Suite of Observational Data Sources
HWind incorporates the most comprehensive set of observational data sources in the market. The mix or private and public data feeds span more than thirty land, air, and sea-based platforms including aircraft reconnaissance, dropsondes, airborne Doppler radar wind measurements, buoys, satellites, and coastal observation networks. HWind also incorporates data from more than 10 types of deterministic and ensemble forecasting models.
HWind Legacy Archive
RMS hosts a publicly-available legacy version of HWind archive data, which contains products from historical events through 2013, developed while HWind was a public entity under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For more information on how to access this data, please click the link below.
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Moody's RMS Event Response with HWind - Hurricane Ian
Moody's RMS HWind produced more than 20 sets of forecasting products, snapshots, and cumulative footprints throughout Hurricane Ian's lifecycle. Learn how HWind customers benefited from real-time insights before, during, and after landfall.
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Hurricane Ian: Strongest Hurricane in Southwest Florida Si...
The eighth named tropical storm of the current North Atlantic hurricane season, Major Hurricane Ian, made landfall as a Category 4 (Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Windscale) major hurricane near Cayo Costa, Florida at 19:05 UTC (15:05 Eastern Time ET) on Wednesday, September 28. Ian remerged into the southeast Gulf of Mexico after leaving Cuba as a Category 3 storm on Tuesday, September 27, and strengthened owing to warm sea surface temperatures and generally low vertical wind shear. It completed an eyewall replac...
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