CES 2019: IBM's hourly weather reports will cover entire Earth - BBC News
Bbc.com - Wed 9 Jan 19:06 GMT

CES 2019: IBM's hourly weather reports will cover entire Earth - BBC News

Technology giant IBM's supercomputers power the new forecasting system that covers the entire planet.

  Image copyright IBM Image caption The novel tool produces more finely-grained weather reports A weather forecasting system that can provide hourly updates for any location on the planet has been announced by technology giant IBM.

  Image copyright AFP Image caption Graf relies on data from around the world - much of it supplied by individuals whose smartphones measure atmospheric pressure Tracking changes in pressure is crucial in meteorology, the study of weather processes and forecasting.

  In the future, as weather sensors crop up in additional devices and vehicles, manufacturers will have the option of sharing yet more data with IBM to improve Graf.

  Image copyright AFP Image caption Farmers in many parts of the world have long had to rely on infrequently updated weather reports Mr Purcell pointed out that gaining access to lots of data could greatly improve the accuracy of forecasts and might put IBM ahead of its rivals in the space.

  "That would resonate to me - the fact that you could get really high-resolution data to farmers who haven't had access to good weather forecasts.