Science: Watch That Hurricane

Hurricane Cindy, which poohed out last week on the South Carolina coast, was not much of a storm, but it left the U.S. Weather Bureau's hurricane forecasters in a state of mild exaltation. Well before Cindy hit the coast, they predicted that she would be a mild blow and advised Carolinians to relax. The dead-accurate forecast saved untold time, effort and money, and to meteorologists, it was one more bit of evidence of how far their inexact science has advanced. In 1935 the Weather Bureau duly warned that a hurricane was approaching the Florida Keys. It could say no more. The...

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