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FROM VOLUME 12, NUMBER 2, FEBRUARY 1999

NEWS...
Weather-Prediction Computer Power


Item #d99feb38

According to a January press release from NOAA, the National Weather Service awarded a four-year contract in October 1998 to lease a new supercomputer that will significantly improve its weather, flood, and climate forecasts for the country. The contract went to International Business Machines for a new high-performance Class-VIII computing system that will use a highly parallel computer architecture to immediately provide a significant increase in computational capacity and will allow the NWS to operate more sophisticated models of the atmosphere and oceans. This announcement came on the heels of a report from the National Research Council citing a lack of computing power in U.S. weather and climate forecasting. (See Reports in this issue of Global Climate Change Digest.)

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