The Weather Company, an IBM Business, has announced a plan to improve weather prediction globally.
IBM and UCAR will develop new models which will run on next-generation IBM supercomputing technology.
The models will bring together meteorological science from The Weather Company, high-performance computing expertise from IBM Research, OpenPOWER-based supercomputing systems, and NCAR’s community weather model.
This effort will also work towards the creation of the first rapidly-updating, storm-scale model that can help predict weather events at local scales.
Today’s operational global forecast models predict weather patterns down to regional-scale weather events, such as snowstorms and hurricanes.
The new model could improve weather and climate forecasting by better accounting for small-scale phenomena, such as thunderstorms.
It will run at a high space and time resolution, making it the first model to cover the entire globe.