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UK Met Office: Lack of computing power ‘hindering weather forecasting’ October 27, 2011

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Lack of computing power ‘hindering weather forecasting’

Hmm, the UK Met Office has a £30 million Super Computer (with a massive carbon bigfoot) and they claim that a lack of computing power is ‘hindering weather forecasting’. Garbage in, Garbage out boys! They’ll just get to the wrong forecast even faster he he he.

Maybe Piers Corbyn, the man who repeatedly beats the Met Office at its own game, can donate his laptop to the Met Office. He clearly beats them hands down when it comes to weather forecasting and his laptop has a much smaller carbon footprint too!

Via the BBC, 26 October 2011

A lack of computing power is limiting the improvements the Met Office can make to the accuracy of its weather forecasts, MPs have been told.

Prof Paul Hardaker, head of the Royal Meteorological Society, was speaking to the Commons science committee.

He said more supercomputers were needed to carry out complex calculations, but finding the money was “an issue”.

Via The Telegraph, 27 Aug 2009

Here is a rundown of the Met Office super computer by numbers:

:: The £30 million computer – more powerful than 100,000 standard PCs – was installed in the Met Office’s new £80 million headquarters in May.

:: It is capable of 1,000 billion calculations every second to feed data to 400 scientists.

:: The computer uses 1.2 megawatts of energy to run – enough to power a small town.



1. Mervyn Sullivan - October 27, 2011

Lack of computing power ‘hindering weather forecasting’ has been the excuse by the UK Met Office for having failed to correctly forecast the weather three or four months ahead. It’s funny though how it is so confident about knowing the climate in 20, 50 and 100 years time!!!!!

The last thing the UK Met Office needs is more computer power. It simply needs to break its obsession over Co2 being the key driver of climate change and listen to Piers Corbyn… the Met Office just might learn something.

But don’t worry, the majority of British politicians are believers in the IPCC’s mantra… after all, bar two of them, they all voted in favour of the Climate Change Act.

So just you wait and see… the politicians will give the UK Met Office its early Christmas present.

2. Brian Johnson uk - October 27, 2011

Why should adding yet another taxpayer funded computer alter the mindset of the socio/politico staff that seem to be able to modify actual data to suit their AGW biased forecasting. It isn’t the computer that makes winter forecasts in the summer that are so wrong it is a joke and then claim the following spring they were accurate in what they said!

The Met Office needs real Meteorologists

3. Jess hutchings - December 21, 2012

Laughable for inaccuracies. The carbon footprint needs to be offset by the results of providing forecasts, including those provided by contract to private business globally. An independent report (you might like to read this if you want your comment to be fair at any point) found that the forecast saves the British economy alone £260 million every year! Oh and an average of 74 lives. The Metoffice is an enterprise organisation earning income through contracts to organisations which are far more specific and informative than is ever possible for television or radio presenters covering Scotland to the Scilly Isles in 2 minutes. The forecasts don’t just cover the UK, but the whole world, the atmosphere for aviation companies and the seas for all mariners. By informing aviation, 20 million tonnes of carbon are saved every year as aircraft can make best use of jet streams. The supercomputer has helped forecasting to be as accurate for 4 days now, as it was for 1 day just 30 years ago. The rate of calculation is 100 times faster than stated on this site. Perhaps someone needs to understand the short scale, but then I’m a scientist mathematician, so perhaps that’s unfair. If you’re wondering, I don’t work, nor ever have done for the Metoffice, but I do get sick of stories driven by the Daily Express that use the services of ‘weather forecasting’ companies that don’t apparently employ forecasters (see http://www.monbiot.com/2012/06/15/storm-warning/), with sensationalist headlines that the public believe originated with the Metoffice who have and never would have anything to do with such unscientific hype. Get real!

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