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Rebooting Weather Forecasting Technology

Apr 11, 2013

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“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.

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