Met office to get £1.2bn Supercomputer to improve weather forecasts

The Met Office will be getting a brand new supercomputer which can forecast weather 18 times faster than current technology.

The new technology, funded by a £1.2bn investment from the government, is expected to be the most powerful system used for forecasting in the world and will be managed by the Met Office.

It will also allow forecasters to predict the track of storms like Ciara and Dennis even faster.

The supercomputer will be used to predict worldwide climate patterns.

The Chief executive of the UK weather service said:

“This supercomputer will enable us to do more accurate, more timely, more localised, more tailored forecasts of weather and climate so that people can make better decisions in the face of severe weather or climate change as to how to survive and thrive,” 

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