Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Extremely Local Forecasts

PostedJanuary 7, 2007

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Randy Atkins:  Live Doppler radar TV images can focus on potentially damaging weather, but don’t give emergency responders and businesses much time to react.

Lloyd Treinish:  They want that kind of geographic scale, but they want that information twelve or eighteen hours into the future.

Randy Atkins:  Lloyd Treinish, an IBM researcher, says their “Deep Thunder” supercomputer can detail likely weather patterns for areas about the size of your neighborhood, in animated 3-D color.

Lloyd Treinish:  That includes the physics for how the atmosphere interacts with the land or the water, as well as how clouds form.

Randy Atkins:  All customized for particular concerns.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.