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A Bright Future for Weather Prediction

In 2017, commercial airplanes equipped with TAMDAR (Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Report) specialty weather sensors transmitted data from thousands of flights to a global forecasting platform. That platform generated the most accurate predictions for Hurricane Irma’s path—four to seven days in advance.

For forecasters, this kind of success is just the beginning. As AI techniques let us compare past predictions with actual outcomes, our weather prediction models will be able to forecast further into the future and with greater accuracy. That’s extra time and better information that helps communities prepare, gets families to shelters and saves lives.