Wednesday, October 18, 2017

GPUs Help Startup Provide Hyperlocal, High-Resolution ‘Nowcasting’

In the U.S., weather data begins and ends with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Its High Resolution Rapid Refresh model assimilates observation data every 15 minutes and provides updated weather predictions every hour. To get better data than what NOAA provides, you’d need to invest billions of dollars to build out a new layer of sensors. Or hire teams of Ph.D.s doing some magical data science.

Boston-based startup ClimaCell had a better idea: software. A trio of Israeli military veterans – Shimon Elkabetz, Itai Zlotnik and Rei Goffer – founded the weather tech company in 2015. All three were heavy consumers of weather information during their years in the military. Real-time, historical, future — name the timeframe and they needed to know the weather for it.