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The Weather Company uses IBM Power Systems hardware to deliver high-precision local weather forecasts
Access to real-time accurate weather forecasts affects how communities plan for and respond to major weather events like tropical storms, how farmers plan for a drought, and how store owners adjust inventory for a historically cold year. We enjoy consistent, fairly accurate weather forecasts in the U.S., but similarly accurate weather forecasts are not available in many locations around the globe. In some parts of the world, weather predictions have traditionally been imprecise or delayed, putting families, businesses and communities at risk. Today on stage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas , IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and The Weather Company, an IBM subsidiary, announced a powerful new weather system that will run on an IBM POWER9-based supercomputer. This new supercomputer will be able to make accurate local weather forecasts globally, in locations that typically do not have access to these types of detailed forecasts. Now, we will be able to go from weather predictions that had resolution of 12-15 kilometers down to 3 kilometers. And we will have access to weather models that update every hour, as opposed to the 6-12 hours that is the typical frequency in some parts of the globe. IBM is one of the few commercial organizations in the world that can develop both a weather system to run at this global, granular scale, and build the hardware infrastructure to support it.
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