Space + Flight

08
Mar

Why Are Europeans Better at Predicting Weather?

Peter Miller, interviewing Cliff Mass, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Washington in Seattle, for National Geographic News:

The National Weather Service already has access to it, but the European Centre is only doing global predictions. They won’t do high resolution predictions for the U.S. Our problem is that we have inferior regional and local forecasting because we don’t have the resources in place.

In any event, the European Centre is not the best you can do. I’m convinced we could do far better. Weather prediction was invented in the U.S. We should be able to do far better. But we can’t do that if we don’t have the computer power.

Or if we don’t have satellites to provide data to the computer models, which is looking more likely than not.