Met Office Plans £97m Forecasting Supercomputer

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Met Office has had funding approved for a new weather forecasting computer, with the updated system somehow managing to cost the weather watchers a staggering £97m.

The 480,000-core Cray computer will apparently operate 13 times faster than the Met's current models, in accordance with the rules of Michael Fish's Law, allowing the forecaster to run UK weather computations at 1.5km accuracy once an hour instead of its current once every three hours system.

It'll also offer the capacity to run more detailed climate models, telling us which bits of the country will be underwater by next century. The system will be based in Exeter, where it'll sit alongside the new space forecasting computer. We forecast quite a warm office down there. [Met Office via BBC]