With Rs 400 cr supercomputer replacing the British era technology, India will soon get accurate weather forecasts

16th Jun 2016
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Come June every year and the MET department comes into focus. There is an eager wait for the monsoon to set in and almost everyone hangs onto every word the MET publishes as weather forecast. The monsoon plays a pivotal role in many agrarian lives in India. It’s common knowledge that prior experiences with the department haven’t been pleasant. Invariably, if the MET predicted a rainy day, people would ready themselves for a sunny day. However, with this new acquisition, the department is all set to give India an accurate weather forecast.

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According to The Times Of India, the MET department is spending Rs 400 crore on a supercomputer to enhance precision in monsoon forecasts. The new system, similar to the existing US models, will generate 3-dimensional models to help predict how the monsoon is likely to develop. Important information on cloud bursts and cyclones will help in averting catastrophes like flooding.

This is what you need to know about the supercomputer which will revolutionise the way in which the MET forecasts weather from 2017:

  1. The dynamic system will replace the statistical model which has been in use since the British-era
  2. It will require immense computing power to generate 3-dimensional models
  3. The system is expected to be operational in 2017
  4. It will be 10 times faster than the Bhaskara supercomputer which the Met currently uses
  5. Its accuracy will better prediction of cyclones, heavy rainfall events, cloud bursts
  6. It will help push the country’s farm output by almost 15 per cent by helping farmers tweak the best time to sow, irrigate, use fertilizer and if rains fail, plan measures

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