Freese-Notis Weather, Inc. was founded by Harvey Freese and Charlie Notis on May 1, 1973. Harvey and Charlie had just received their MS degrees in meteorology from Iowa State University and were seeking employment. At the time, both the private and government job market in meteorology looked very grim. Therefore, Charlie and Harvey decided to try and start their own company. The name of the company was a natural for a weather company with their appropriate last names. The only "problem" (if you want to call it that) with the name was that during the first couple years of existence, some of the radio listeners during the summer months would get a little confused when the radio announcer would introduce the Freese-Notis forecast that some thought was a "freeze-notice" forecast. How was that possible in the middle of July? Actually, it turned out to be a perfect name for recognition and uniqueness.
The first client of the fledgling company was Iowa Power and Light Company, a utility located in central Iowa on May 1, 1973. That was the beginning of Freese-Notis Weather. A few months later, Freese-Notis had its first radio station as a client. During the Winter of 1973-74 several highway departments (cities, counties, and state) became clients as well. A few paving construction companies also became clients during 1974. Gradually, the company grew to have about 50-75 clients by the late 1970s. All of the clients during these years were either radio stations, construction, utilities, highway departments, and some weather related court cases. By 1979-80, Freese-Notis picked up its first commodity type client. This portion of the business grew rapidly in the late 1980s.
During the 90's the energy industry became increasingly more important to Freese-Notis. Many of the largest Natural Gas and Electricity companies are now customers of Freese-Notis. A few of these companies include: Enron, Southern Energy, Duke Energy, Willams Energy, AEP, etc, etc. Even though many of these companies employ their own meteorological staff, they value the opinion of Freese-Notis sufficiently to remain happy subscribers. In the final analysis markets closely follow what Freese-Notis projects. The daily reports that project the weather out to 2 weeks are prepared by Charlie Notis and Dan Hicks while the monthly and seasonal long range studies are prepared by Craig Solberg. Freese-Notis presently has has more than a thousand agricultural and energy related customers.
Late in 1994, Freese-Notis developed an innovative method of delivering its weather and commodity products through the Internet. This strategic major investment has made Freese-Notis a leader in the information "super highway". Currently our Freese-Notis Global Internet division offers advanced Internet connectivity in the Midwest with value added 56K dial-up, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and T1 based circuits. In addition to colocation services, FNGI offers adavanced web site design, deployment and hosting, E-mail permission marketing systems and E-comeerce solutions. FNGI is a leader in Internet connectivity and services. We built it upon the same service ideals that have made our weather services shine.