Summary: Google has published a paper that suggests that AI can use simple radar data to “nowcast” the weather with remarkable short-term accuracy.
Original author and publication date: Shelly Palmer – January 14, 2020
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: Is there anything Google doesn’t know (sarcastically speaking)?
From the article:
Weather forecasting is tough. Very tough. It requires immense amounts of data and it is computationally intensive. But Google has published a paper that suggests that AI can use simple radar data to “nowcast” the weather with remarkable short-term accuracy.
Imagine getting a warning that it is going to rain .5″ in the square mile around your home starting in 4 hours. That is what Google means by nowcasting: short-term predictions highly correlated to geographic locations.
The AI has not been introduced into commercial practice yet, and a peer review of the paper has yet to be published, but the science looks hopeful.
As climate change becomes a factor in our daily lives… as we experience once-in-a-hundred-year weather systems on an annual basis… as the notoriously difficult long-term forecasts become more complex… nowcasting fills an important need.