Friday, July 13, 2007

NOAA: Predicting the Unpredictable

NOAA: No clue, but still predict active storm season ahead:
"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted that La Ni�a — a cooling of Pacific Ocean waters that generally brings a more active Atlantic hurricane season — will be absent for the next two months.

But don't get rid of those disaster kits just yet.

The absence of La Ni�a doesn't necessarily herald a tame summer for tropical storms and hurricanes, said Dennis Feltgen, meteorologist and spokesman for NOAA in Miami.

'There are so many other ingredients that contribute to the development of tropical cyclones, it's not just the fact that we don't have a La Ni�a that comes into play here,' Feltgen said."
In other words, you don't have a clue.

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