It is rightly believed that science has come a long way. In fact, it is evolving and developing continuously. If you compare products of technology you used 10 years back and the ones you use now, you’ll know the long journey we’ve undertaken.
And, adding another feather to this cap of inventions is a supercomputer that will predict the monsoon. India is developing a supercomputer to predict the monsoon with greater accuracy, and it hopes to have it up and running by 2017. The country’s meteorological department is spending $60 million to build the new supercomputer, which will use 3D modeling to predict how the seasonal rains will develop. The monsoon model will work by simulating the weather on powerful computers and extending it over particular time frames.
India’s current forecasting system was introduced during British colonial rule and is based on a statistical model that combines historical patterns with data collected from satellites, radar, and observatories. The country’s meteorology office has been unable to deliver accurate forecasts on a lot of occasions. The meteorological department failed to predict the 2009 drought.
This invention brings good news to India’s farming sector, which is heavily reliant on the monsoon season for good productivity. The monsoon season, between June to September, accounts for more than two-thirds of the country’s annual rainfall, and accurate predictions could help farmers identify the best time to sow their crops. Moreover, better monsoon forecasts could boost farm production by up to 15%. Therefore, this supercomputer could aid the agricultural sector of Indian economy and have far reaching benefits.