NEC member IBM announced that it will be launching a weather forecast model this year that will combine its supercomputing power with meteorological data from the Weather Company. IBM hopes that this combination will create the best short-term forecast system in the world.
The regions that IBM has chosen to focus on will be South America and Africa, where forecasting has been poor. While advanced technology such as the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model has been operational in the United States for several years, nothing like this has existed in those other regions. Having acquired the Weather Company in 2016, IBM is now able to access a variety of resources, such as dozens of forecasters and tens of thousands of personal weather stations, which will contribute to this advanced forecasting model.
IBM’s senior vice president for global forecasting, Peter Neilley, commented that the model “will be the most accurate source of short term (1-12 hours ahead) weather forecasts in places of the world.”
The New England Council congratulates IBM on the development of this model and their efforts to expand advanced weather forecasting technology to underserved regions of the globe.