One of the main drawbacks of weather forecasting is the difficulty in predicting immediate precipitation. According to the company, Google DeepMind’s artificial intelligence can forecast with remarkable accuracy the likelihood of rain in the next two hours.
Google’s DeepMind AI will tell if it is going to rain soon
You rely on the forecast provided by the weather app on your smartphone and as soon as you step on the street, an unexpected downpour falls. But Google announces that it has improved the accuracy of its DeepMind artificial intelligence system. The AI will also help Google improve rain forecasts for the next two hours and achieve greater forecast accuracy in short-term weather predictions.
Today’s weather forecasts rely heavily on powerful numerical weather prediction (NWP) systems, which use equations describing the movement of fluids in the atmosphere to predict the likelihood of rain and other important weather factors.
Suman Ravuri from DeepMind told: “These models are really amazing from six hours up to about two weeks in terms of weather prediction, but there is an area – especially around zero to two hours – in which the models perform particularly poorly.”
The improvement of their system opens up new avenues for immediate rainfall forecasting, as they report in a paper written in collaboration with the Met Office and published in Nature.