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Flu outbreak predicted with weather forecast techniques
Scientists at Columbia University and NCAR have adapted techniques used in modern weather prediction to generate local forecasts of seasonal influenza outbreaks. By predicting the timing and severity of the outbreaks, this pilot system can eventually help health officials and the general public better prepare for them.
More on Google and the flu
What if we could use the data from fevered searches for flu information on the Web, plus humidity observations, to help predict the course of an outbreak? If new research lives up to its promise, we’ll soon be able to do just that.