IBM and its subsidiary The Weather Company on Friday announced the global roll out of a new supercomputer-driven weather forecasting system in a bid to provide fresher, higher quality forecasts in parts of the world that have never before had access to state-of-the-art weather data.
Known as IBM GRAF, the Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System runs on an IBM Power Systems supercomputer and can predict conditions up to 12 hours in advance with detail and frequency previously unavailable at this global scale, the company said.
IBM GRAF is designed to update its forecasts six to 12 times more frequently than conventional global systems. “We see IBM GRAF heralding a new era in the science of weather forecasting. By limiting the unpredictability of weather to a greater extent, enhancing accuracy and availability of weather data, the improved forecasts can truly transform India’s businesses as well as people’s lives,” said Himanshu Goyal, India Business Leader, The Weather Company.
“With the high resolution weather data, farmers can now be warned of thunderstorms much in advance and with greater precision; airlines can get indications of weather changes considerably earlier to avoid delays or diversions,” he said.