has decided to get involved in the notoriously difficult task of weather
forecasting. The work is in the early stages but Google’s researchers described
how they were able to generate accurate rainfall predictions up to six hours
ahead of time from just minutes of calculation. Speedy predictions will be an
essential tool needed for effective adaptation to climate change. In a world
that is dominated by unpredictable weather patterns, short-term forecasts will
be crucial in times of crisis.
current models could take up to 6 hours to compute a forecast which only allows
for 3-4 runs per day resulting in 6 hour old data. Google’s methods produce in
minutes because they don’t try to model complex weather systems but instead
make predictions about simple radar data as a proxy for rainfall. IBM and
Monsanto are also investing time in the use of AI on weather forecasting.