“Fortunately, weather science has developed a storm warning system that saves thousands of lives each year. In part, that’s because people can save their lives from a flash flood, lightning, or high winds in a matter of seconds. A 15-second dash to the basement is enough to survive a tornado.
But it takes more preparation time to mitigate economic losses from severe weather. And the forecasting methods needed to do so—by more exactly calculating a storm’s intensity and impact zones—have lagged.”
-- Mike Smith, writing in Qualcomm’s digital magazine, Spark. Smith is a board-certified consulting meteorologist and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, as well as the senior VP of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions. Mike is the author of two books, When the Sirens Were Silent and Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather.
You can read his entire article—and pieces from other tech thought leaders—on the Spark website here.
April 11, 2013
Rebooting Weather Forecasting Technology