Forecasts with aid of computer

A fresh weather map of India will be prepared every six hours with the help of a modern electronic computer to be installed in the Meteorological Office in Delhi. An agreement for the acquisition of the computer was signed to-day [July 11] between Dr. P. K. Koteswaram, Director-General of Observatories, on behalf of the Government and Mr. A. L. T. Taylor, Regional General Manager of I.B.M. Dr. Koteswaram told a Press conference that computerised weather forecasts would be a significant development in the field of meteorology in India. It would be a big leap forward from the traditional and subjective forecasts. The computer to be installed in the Meteorological Office is model 44 of I.B.M.’s latest computer ‘360’ which makes about one million calculations in a second. It would be manufactured in India, Mr. Taylor said. According to a spokesman of the Meteorological Department, the acquisition of the computer was the natural consequence of a global project named World Weather Watch (W.W.W.). The decision to participate in this project was recently approved by the Government of India.

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