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Supercomputers are driving a revolution in hurricane forecasting

Supercomputers are driving a revolution in hurricane forecasting

Back in 1998, the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts housed the 27th most-powerful supercomputer in the world, with 116 cores providing a maximum performance of 213 gigaflops. Today, the ECMWF forecasting center has the world’s 27th and 28th most powerful supercomputers, each with 126,000 cores and 20,000 times the computing power of its machine two decades ago.

This dramatic increase in computing power at the European center—as well as similar increases at US-based and other international numerical modeling centers—helps to explain the dramatic increase in hurricane-forecast accuracy over the…

 

Natural disasters keep happening, but New Brunswick doesn’t budget for them

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Mike Roy uses a personal watercraft to pull a dock loaded with a hot tub and lawnmower as floodwaters surround his home on Grand Lake on May 2, the same day Premier Gallant announced the compensation program for flood-damaged properties. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press

Despite paying out $100 million in compensation for six weather disasters in the last four years, the New Brunswick government does not financially plan for the events and will have to divert money or inflate the deficit to deal with multimillion-dollar claims piling up from this year’s record flooding on the St. John river.

“We do not budget for future events,” said Department of Finance spokeswoman Sarah Bustard in an email to CBC News, explaining that nothing is set aside ahead of time to finance disaster costs like those now being experienced…

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