IBM is currently working on a weather app called Deep Thunder that is said to be scary accurate that will give you weather predictions within a single square mile and will be much more detailed than any other current weather forecast can provide to you. IBM’s Deep Thunder iPad app will take advantage of IBM’s parallel processing supercomputing system. This is the same system that beat chess world champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. IBM’s supercomputer system will achieve its detailed forecast by using a combination of public weather data from organization like NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, Weatherbug, and some of IBM’s own weather sensors on the ground.
An IBM Spokesperson said:
“Weather forecasting doesn’t sound exciting, but what we’ve found is that our system allows for an unprecedented granular look at incoming weather over an 84-hour period in a specific location, down to within a square mile. Imagine you’re part of a crew going around fixing utility lines, you can take this app with you as you’re doing repairs and see: ‘Do I really want to be up in a bucket at this time if there’s going to be strong winds?’ It allows for improved scheduling and planning of important work.”