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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published December 16 2013

Weather Talk: Forecasting has improved, but it’s still not perfect

“A meteorologist is an individual with specialized education who uses scientific principles to explain, understand, observe or forecast the earth’s atmospheric phenomena and/or how the atmosphere affects the earth and life on the planet. This specialized education would be a bachelor’s or higher degree in meteorology or an atmospheric science.”

This is the definition of a meteorologist according to The American Meteorological Society. And while all our explaining, understanding, observing and forecasting is, indeed, based on scientific principles, it is still very difficult to forecast the weather precisely.

Forecasting the future of a highly energetic and dynamic, three-dimensional fluid is not easy. Scientific principles only allow us to understand why weather does what it does, but predicting future weather will always be a challenge.

We are better than we used to be, but weather forecasting will never be perfect.


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