Monday, May 22, 2006

Make Up My Mind

The forecast for the hurricane season is out. How bad will it be? Well, that depends on where you read the story.

According to the Rocky Mountain News:

Experts: Hurricane season won’t match ’05

The next Atlantic hurricane season could produce up to 16 named storms, six of them major hurricanes, suggesting another active year but not the record pounding of 2005, scientists said Monday.

Some parts of the Gulf Coast are only starting to rebuild from Hurricane Katrina, the worst of last year’s record 28 named storms, 15 of which were hurricanes, seven of them Category 3 or higher.

While such a season is not predicted this year, National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield warned: “One hurricane hitting where you live is enough to make it a bad season.”

Sure…like they get a shitload of hurricanes along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

Here is the headline from the Miami Herald, where we know something about hurricanes:

Another busy hurricane season is predicted

Hurricane season returns next week, and it is likely to be a rough one. Again.

Government scientists on Monday predicted another unusually active season, with 13 to 16 tropical storms that grow into eight to 10 hurricanes. Four to six of those hurricanes could become particularly intense, with winds above 110 mph.

More ominously, government statisticians calculated that at least two — and as many as four — of those hurricane could hit the United States.

The same story with two very different takes on it. It all depends on where you’re coming from.

There’s a lesson in there about more than just a hurricane forecast.