Tomas asked in Science & MathematicsWeather · 6 months ago

Why does U.S. Navy predict a typhoon accurately lower than Japan? It is the something technical aspect problems?

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  • 6 months ago

    Because US holdings in the western Pacific are fewer than Japan, are smaller targets for typhoons, and thus are less of a concern for us. Japan has a vested interest in accurately forecasting typhoon strikes on its islands.

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  • 6 months ago

    Different computer programs. One will give a higher projection than another. From a civilian standpoint, it is better to error high so people take shelter and do not go surfing. Imagine a civilian weather forecaster saying it is OK and people get killed because he under estimated the weather? From a military stand point, they go lower as they do not want the weather to get in the way of the mission. Imagine being a military weather forecaster and saying the weather is going to be bad and they call off the mission only to have it mild and they could have done the mission? Both have their bias but as a civilian I tend to listen to the civilian forecasts.

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