New Supercomputer Aims To Improve Weather Forecasting

New Supercomputer Aims To Improve Weather Forecasting

A new supercomputer is now online to help meteorologists better forecast the weather. This one has nearly three times the computing power of its predecessor.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) – A new supercomputer is now online to help meteorologists better forecast the weather.

This one has nearly three times the computing power of its predecessor.

The National Weather Service said
 it was made possible by a post-hurricane Sandy government grant to the tune of $200 million per year.

That cost while big, is dwarfed by the $500 billion we lose to weather events every year.

According to the National Weather Service, it performs 213 trillion calculations per second.

"This computer will give us a high res eye into weather that we’ve never had. Our ability to see and understand small atmospheric features will lead to a more accurate forecast," John Moore III, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in
Memphis said. “The models help us see out farther and the farther we can see out the quicker we can get a warning to you to take cover. It’ll also allow you o cover your crops and prepare for severe weather and that can save lives and money.”

It is not just limited to severe weather forecasting or the weather service.

It will give a boost to every weather variable the Local 24 Weather Team can forecast including temperature, storm chances, and humidity.

Currently it is only being used for tropical forecasting but
Moore expects everything to be fully operational by 2015.

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