While rain here around the office is mostly unwarranted, and usually unwanted—rainfall in India is absolutely critical for the country to flourish economically. It impacts a variety of exports from rice to cotton, providing sustainability to the nation's large agricultural base. That's why monsoon season is crucial to the government of India, leading to their $60 million investment in a weather-forecasting supercomputer.
Up until recently, the country has relied on traditional methods of forecasting that date to the 1920s, together with a model by IBM that provides predictions—although ones that entail far too much uncertainty.
But how much better is this new investment?
Apparently it's ten times faster than the existing model provided by IBM. While India doesn't have plans to release the manufacturer's name, we are aware that the supercomputer will work very similar to the American meteorological standard. It will provide 3D weather models for each of India's 29 states—while the old standby only provided a simple glimpse of the nation's weather as a whole.
In short, it's predicted that this new supercomputer will provide a 15% increase in farming output after 2017. A new era for our old agricultural roots.
Here's a brief video to explain why monsoons are important to India: