Ap­prox­i­mate com­put­ing time, in hours

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Although the ac­tual cal­cu­la­tions took Blue Waters less than a stan­dard work­week, Orf has worked to­ward mak­ing a sim­u­la­tion like this one since 2012. His re­sult pro­duced 400 ter­abytes of data—enough to fill more than 3,000 iPhones. It’s also the most de­tailed tor­nado model ever.

“We can see ev­ery­thing go­ing on inside it,” Orf says.

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