Why Is IBM Buying The Weather Company?

IBM has announced that the company has acquired The Weather Co.’s B2B, mobile- and cloud-based web assets.

The deal includes WSI, weather.com, Weather Underground and The Weather Company brand, but not The Weather Channel. The Weather Co.’s app is the fourth most-used mobile app in the United States and receives 26 billion daily inquiries.

Unleashing Watson

IBM plans to use its artificially intelligent computer system, Watson, to analyze its newly acquired Weather Co. data and potentially make some groundbreaking strides in understanding and predicting weather.

“Upon closing this deal, The Weather Company will continue to be able to help improve the precision of weather forecasts and further deepen IBM’s Watson IoT capabilities by enabling the integration of global atmosphere and weather insights with enterprise information to create disruptive industry solutions that optimize decision-making,” Weather Company CEO David Kennedy said in a statement.

The Goals

Despite the computational advances in modern technology, weather forecasting has…

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