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National Weather Service Drafts New Supercomputer to Predict with Greater Accuracy

Aired January 18, 2000 - 2:34 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: And if you don't like the weather, you can always blame the folks who predict it, as you most often do -- don't we all?

CNN's Natalie Pawelski now reports the weather reporting that we go by is about to improve, in theory, thanks to a better computer.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

NATALIE PAWELSKI, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Predicting this week's snowstorms and bitter cold and forecasting the hurricanes and tornadoes of warmer months has just gotten easier, says the National Weather Service, thanks to a new supercomputer.

JACK KELLY, NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: We're starting off today with a much -- a five-times-faster computer than we've had, and by September, it will be about 28-times faster than the one we currently have. So. we're able to do better simulations of the atmosphere.

PAWELSKI: The Weather Service says the new computer will give people more lead time to prepare for severe storms, and it's designed to run increasingly-complex forecasting models that predict what's coming with ever-greater detail.

KELLY: What's that mean for everyone? It means more accurate forecasts, longer-time forecasts and more accurate, both temperature, rain, you name it; it's going to be better than what we've been able to do.

PAWELSKI: They say everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it. The new computer should allow people to talk about coming weather further in advance. And while we still can't do anything about it, at least we can be better prepared.

Natalie Pawelski, CNN.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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