Hurricane Forecaster Gray, Like Others, Expects Above Normal Activity

May 31, 2007

  • June 1, 2007 at 8:35 am
    comment says:
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    Nice to see Gray is on the job with his predictions. He\’s authoritative…unlike the bureaucrats at NOAA who are trying to muzzle the National Hurricane Center!

  • June 1, 2007 at 11:33 am
    Jeff says:
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    He is about as good at predicting hurricanes as I am at predicting winning lotto numbers. I wish I could throw out random guesses for my job too.

  • June 1, 2007 at 12:53 pm
    TigerArm says:
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    Notice how the IJ leaves out the story the came out about the NASA researcher who said global warming will not be an issue? It sure looks like diversity of opinions is not welcome in this publication.

  • June 1, 2007 at 12:58 pm
    Tired says:
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    I do belive that last year every reporting agency had the same numbers as far as bad hurricane losses.Oddldy enoough we had a very mild season.

    Amazing how one canbe wrong and yet they are still an \”expert\” and they don\’t loose their jobs.

    Let see claims or underwriting do that and not have their job effected.

  • June 1, 2007 at 1:00 am
    Rosie says:
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    FINALLY the \”powers\” that be admit that global warming is an issue, and have called on the world\’s top nations to act. I think Condi is behind it. It was probably pillow talk one night this week

  • June 1, 2007 at 1:04 am
    Dawn says:
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    He just finished reading the report.
    \”S…e…e…..
    S…..p…..o…..t
    M…..e……l….t\”
    Takes forever to sound out.

  • June 1, 2007 at 1:27 am
    TigerARM says:
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    Bush is pandering and I must disagree with him. Nevertheless, I am glad you are aligned with the right wing.

  • June 1, 2007 at 1:33 am
    Anne says:
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    Weather prediction is the only profession you can be wrong in and not get fired!

  • June 1, 2007 at 1:36 am
    Linda says:
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    Dawn is too funny. Jimmy the Greek could lay better odds on the hurricanes than these guys.

    TGIF!

  • June 1, 2007 at 1:36 am
    Genie says:
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    I predict that I will win the Lotto and become a millionaire. Oh wait only Weather forcasters can predict the future. Damn screwed again!!

  • June 1, 2007 at 1:37 am
    Hurricane Names says:
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    Since \”X\” (ex?) is an unknow and \”Spurt\” (pert) is a drip, how about naming hurricanes something like Expert, About to hit land, Blow hard, Can\’t find a levee, etc. Who knows? It might work. And you go, Rosie!!

  • June 1, 2007 at 1:43 am
    Midwest says:
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    Glad you\’re back!!

  • June 1, 2007 at 1:54 am
    Actuary says:
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    There is nothing in this article about global warming. Gray believes in a natural cycle of hurricane activity, not in any way tied to a theory of human-induced global warming.

    In fact, nobody\’s seasonal hurricane predictions should be construed as being caused by global warming. Even if human-induced global warming is true, the link between it and hurricane activity is not yet established.

    Also, there are many jobs that require you to \”predict the future,\” and actuary is one. People in such fields know that any prediction carries with it an inherent uncertainty that doesn\’t tend to make its way into news articles. Everyone who predicted a high level of hurricane activity did so with full understanding that if an El Nino occurred, the predictions would in all likelihood be too high. That\’s what occurred, and we still had an average hurricane season.

    Given that the next El Nino won\’t occur for another 5-7 years, the uncertainty around this year\’s projections are probably much smaller than last year\’s.

  • June 1, 2007 at 2:13 am
    Dawn says:
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    To quote Yoda- \”The future, always in motion it is.\”

    The \’experts\’ can get a general idea of what might happen given a set of possible circumstances in a vague time frame.

    Kind of like \’predicting\’ out of 5 NASCAR races 15 cars will wreck and 7 of them will roll over. Got a pretty good shot at being right, but there\’s always those pesky \’variables\’ that you can blame when 14 cars wreck and 9 of them roll.

    Ever since I was told \”Wilma won\’t be bad\” and stayed for it I\’ll never trust any of them again.

  • June 1, 2007 at 2:35 am
    Propertypremium Increase says:
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    Not even the experts can predict what kind of Hurricane Seson we are going to have here in America, but we all hope that it will be a good one. Either way, its best to be prepared for what could or might happen. Be sure to have a plan for your family!

  • June 1, 2007 at 2:38 am
    Bill Reed says:
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    The point is moot. We\’ll get however many storms mother nature deals. We can\’t do anything different to prepare for them so it doesn\’t matter how many we have or how strong they are. It makes for great conversation but little else. Mankind has studied them for decades. Technology can guestimate their strenth and approximate where they\’ll make landfall. But so what? These storms are only partially predicatable. We can\’t limit them so aside from having a good disaster plan and making structures as wind resistant as possible we\’re wasting a lot of resources.

  • June 1, 2007 at 4:22 am
    B says:
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    Not true. I can think of several White House administrative positions where you can be wrong all day long and not be fired. :-)

  • June 1, 2007 at 4:28 am
    Anne says:
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    OOPS! How true!



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