Why is Historical Weather Data Critical to Your Snow Business?

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It’s that time of the year when snow management businesses send out bids for snow removal contracts. We’re sure you already know that weather plays a crucial role in accurately pricing the bids. It decides not only the pricing but also the type of contract you negotiate with your customer.

Most companies, when starting out in snow removal services, often jump the gun while deciding on contract and pricing types because they want to meet with the potential customer real quick. That’s often a mistake because it’s not that simple.

All successful snow management companies use different contract structures based on the snow behavior and the snow quantity in their area each year. Here are a few of the most popular contract models –

  1. Seasonal – Long Term Contract
  2. Pay per push – Paid after every snow event
  3. Pay per storm- Flat Fee Per Storm

In addition to this, the following are the most common pricing models –

  1. Pay per inch – Paid based on how much it snows
  2. Time-based – Charge based on time spent on every snow event

Having access to historical weather data becomes a critical factor for deciding which works best for you. It allows you to analyze and predict the future probability of snowfall, and build a model that works best for the customers as well as ensure profitability for your business. Business is about creating win-win situations for both parties and being data driven allows you to give the best price without compromising on quality. This will allow you to stand out and shall drastically increase your chances of winning the bid.

Past weather data can also help you plan your operations better. You can get the right equipment and crew based on the expected snowfall. You can make sure you get an experienced crew for the season if you are expecting heavy snowfall.

Enough said. It’s time to get your hands dirty and start looking at how weather data can be accessed. We believe these 2 are the best, free online weather services where you can get past snowfall data –

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

The NOAA website is a credible source to find snowfall data. You can search this link: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/search to to check the precipitation details for your area based on the specified area and time period.

Why Historical Weather Data is Important For Snow Business

Wunderground

Wunderground.com is another free website to get historical snow data. You can view the data on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis for the selected time period. Simply head to the precipitation section, where you will find the data on snow depth.

Why Historical Weather Data is Important For Snow Business

If you’re preparing estimates for the upcoming season, it’s time you do it right. To get an edge over your competition, contact us .

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