IBM supercomputers to improve weather forecasts

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.

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