New technology means a better weather forecast in the future - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

New technology means a better weather forecast in the future

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Meteorologists are now doing what was considered nearly impossible only a century ago. 

In the span of 50 years, computer processing power has grown by leaps and bounds, which can ultimately mean a better weather forecast for tomorrow. 

Arkansas State University held their Cyber Infrastructure Day in the student union on Monday.

Scientists gathered from around the country to talk in these seminars about the role of supercomputers.

Stronger, faster computers allow for better weather data collection and visualization.

James White, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, is a Memphis native but now works in Boulder, Colorado.

He explains why weather and climate forecasting continue to improve.

"We can put more grid points in Arkansas to get more detail about Jonesboro or the region than we could get before because with the supercomputers we had, we had to use so few grid points that there might have been one or two in Arkansas."

With the extra computer power, forecasters can predict long-term weather patterns with much higher precision.

Finer details also emerge from the data.

Global models allow scientists to gain a better understanding of larger-scale, long-term patterns.

So not only can forecasters see world-wide average temperatures, but whether precipitation right here in Arkansas will vary in the next century.

"We have the ability to put so many more devices for measurement. The same way your cell phone can do so much more now, you can make little devices that can measure a lot of things cheaply and over a large area."

Copyright 2011 KAIT.  All rights reserved.   

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Power outages reported in Craighead County with storm

    Power outages reported in Craighead County with storm

    Sunday, July 15 2018 6:27 PM EDT2018-07-15 22:27:46 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 10:27 PM EDT2018-07-16 02:27:01 GMT

    According to a post on the Craighead Electric outage map website, about 12 customers are left without out power following evening storms. 

    According to a post on the Craighead Electric outage map website, about 12 customers are left without out power following evening storms. 

  • breaking

    Sheriff: One in custody in connection with deaths

    Sheriff: One in custody in connection with deaths

    Sunday, July 15 2018 3:40 PM EDT2018-07-15 19:40:45 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:50 PM EDT2018-07-15 23:50:20 GMT

    According to Randolph County Sheriff Gary Tribble, a person was being held Sunday in the Randolph County jail after being taken into custody by Arkansas State Police in connection with the deaths of two people. 

    According to Randolph County Sheriff Gary Tribble, a person was being held Sunday in the Randolph County jail after being taken into custody by Arkansas State Police in connection with the deaths of two people. 

  • Traveling marching band stops in Paragould

    Traveling marching band stops in Paragould

    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:22 PM EDT2018-07-15 23:22:57 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:42 PM EDT2018-07-15 23:42:06 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Guardians Drum and Bugle Corp entertained a crowd at Paragould High School on Sunday.

    The Guardians Drum and Bugle Corp entertained a crowd at Paragould High School on Sunday.

Powered by Frankly