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This is amazingly interesting news to this old aircrew guy who was once told by our weather briefer lady that "We are 50% right half the time". Business and people the world over really need and can use accurate weather forecasts? Airlines are just the tip of the spear, military, transportation, farmers, tourism industry and a host of others will benefit from this service.

Of course it will take time before people are comfortable with the product and some tweaking may be in order but I'm cheering for it.

Tim <recalls all to well the sudden wall of fog in the dip sectors or diverting to Boston Logan due to icing>

I'm only guessing but my latest favorite Alexa App ("Alexa Open Big Sky") may have been early testing of the system?

IBM hopes to change weather forecasting around the globe using big data and a new supercomputer


Steve Liesman

In a potentially historic marriage of supercomputing and big data, IBM goes live Thursday with a global weather model that it says can provide far more accurate forecasts for the entire world.

Called GRAF — Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting — the new model offers high resolution weather forecasts globally with a detail for areas as small as 2 miles wide, compared with 6 to 9 miles for weather models covering parts of the world outside such advanced regions as Europe, the U.S. and Japan.

IBM says its new supercomputer, DYEUS, built just to run the model, will issue 12 trillion pieces of weather data every day and process forecasts every hour, while many global weather models update only every six to 12 hours.


But Abelman said the model still has to prove itself and American will wait perhaps months before relying on the data. And even then it will use the data together with other sources. Any weather model, no matter how advanced the underlying technology, can only prove its accuracy over time. But IBM sees a huge need in the market for its new product.
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