Science: Electronic Weatherman

Weather forecasters are earnest men who do their best. They pore over floods of figures on-pressure, temperature, humidity and wind velocity. They consult the precedents like judges reaching back for past decisions. Sometimes they take a deep breath and predict warm, sunny weather—and get rain and snow instead. When the mess is being cleaned up, the amateur weather prophets claim they knew what would happen all along: they felt it in their rheumatism.

Year in & year out, the official weather men do a much better job than the amateurs with their rheumatism, but the professionals' spectacular failures are remembered long after...

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