Predicting lots of hot air and wind

Predicting lots of hot air and wind

Here’s the headline from CNN: “NOAA predicts above-normal ‘08 hurricane season” and the lede:

The approaching 2008 Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be above normal, with up to 16 named storms and up to five major hurricanes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday, citing climate conditions.

Sound familiar? It should: “NOAA Predicts Above Normal 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season.” And how did that work out?

The 2007 season was the weakest in five years, despite two hurricanes making landfall at Category 5 intensity, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Great. Glad the forecasts are so helpful and aren’t just contributing to all the hype about hurricanes caused by SUVs. Nope, no hype at all.