OU Professor, Researcher Create New Technology That Aims To Improve Weather Predictions Using AI

Thursday, April 21st 2022, 9:28 am

A professor and researcher at the University of Oklahoma are working on new technology that aims to improve weather predictions in real-time.

Researchers say this technology is a big need in Oklahoma and hopes it can help create trustworthy predictions.

The artificial intelligence technology will take data and patterns from radars, satellites and other models to make high-quality weather predictions in soon as one hour.

Researchers say it will augment meteorologists' predictions so they can send out a timely, reliable forecast in real-time during severe weather.

Dr. Amy McGovern, an OU meteorology professor says this new project has been funded for less than two years, but is seeing steady progress.

She says her hope for this software is to help places like Oklahoma prepare for severe weather, with enough time to spare.

"I think AI is going to really revolutionize our ability to predict a lot of these things, and we're not going to be able to stop the tornados and the hail, but we're going to really be able to improve the predictions overtime," McGovern said. "I think that will save lives, it will save property, it will save agriculture...it'll help everybody."

McGovern says the new technology is still in the testing phase but they have been getting help from the National Weather Center to continuously test the software.