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NOAA to Triple Supercomputing Capacity in Bid to Dramatically Improve Forecast Accuracy

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A physical scientist in 2019 working on weather models at the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, AL.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has ordered two new Cray supercomputers.

Credit: Jay Reeves/AP

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has contracted with Cray Computing for two new supercomputers, which would triple the computing capacity running the agency's weather forecasting and research models.

By the time the machines are operational in 2022, the agency will have a total of 40 petaflops of computing capacity dedicated to running about two dozen operational computer models.

Peter Bauer of the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts says this will bring U.S. forecasting computing power closer to that of his agency.

Said the University of Washington's Cliff Mass, "This enhanced resource would give [NOAA] the capacity to make better forecasts, but it is important to note that the proposed increased resources are far less than needed to provide the American people with state-of-science weather forecasting.

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