York Racecourse offers weather watching service
York Racecourse is pleased to announce a new service from their partnership with leading weather specialists, Skyview.
Racing professionals and racing fans will be able to see live data from the York Racecourse weather station which is located adjacent to the 1 furlong pole, just by using a simple online link.
With key information such as rainfall and wind speeds refreshed every ten minutes, twenty-four hours a day, people will be able to see the same data feed that is available to the clerking team at the Knavesmire.
Rolling totals for rainfall over various timeframes is a further service that will be provided by the Suffolk based operation that celebrates thirty years of offering such information to well-known clients such as the London Eye, Spinnaker Tower and Thorpe Park.
The link to the weather station will appear on the York Racecourse website (www.yorkracecourse.co.uk/going-report) alongside all the going details and the weather forecast, in the build up to the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, which starts on Wednesday 19th August.
Given the global use of the scientific equipment, a little quirk is that the data will be shown in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) rather than British Summer Time (BST); so the reality remains that the data is only ever a maximum of ten minutes old, however on first glance, it might appear up to eighty minutes delayed.
Speaking about the idea, York Racecourse Racing Manager and Raceday Clerk of the Course, Anthea Morshead said, “We realise the importance of the weather, past, current and forecast, as a key interest for racing professionals and punters alike. This service gives 24/7 access to near real time data, so people can have the latest information all just by visiting the going page of our website. Skyview have supported our weather station for some years and provide weather systems for some of the leading leisure venues as well critical data for the emergency services. So it’s fitting that they have worked with us to provide a dedicated single data page for race fans and indeed, professionals.”
On behalf of Skyview, Founder and Managing Director Nic Hart said “With thirty years in the weather monitoring industry, we fully appreciate how crucial weather data is for racedays. We are delighted to work with award-winning front-runners York Racecourse and are proud that our equipment and weather software, Skylink-pro, can provide access to a wide range of critical data for safe course conditions. Environmental responsibility is also top of Skyview’s agenda and it is a pleasure to work with a likeminded team when it comes to green business initiatives.”