The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has updated the Global Forecast System in an effort to process four-dimensional weather data and provide hourly updates on weather conditions.
NOAA said Wednesday the update was made through the use of supercomputers that the agency acquired early this year.
“The GFS is the foundation for all of our weather and climate models, so today’s upgrade will add skill across all NOAA’s forecast mission areas, including hurricanes and other high-impact weather,” said Louis Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service at NOAA.
The agency noted that the update to the GFS sought to increase the model grid resolution to 13 kilometers and use a vast number of earth observations from the Joint Polar Satellite System and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R platform.
GOES-R is designed to generate weather pattern images every half a minute and is slated for launch later this year, according to NOAA.