Friday, October 1, 2010

Do hurricane experts play tables at Las Vegas?

Took a good long look at a scorecard that holds compelling interest for us all, especially on these first breezy days of October.

It had nothing to do with pennant races, the NFL or Manatee County high school football.

Rather, it was’s Hurricane Season 2010 Scorecard.

Thus far Floridians have been lucky, because what a season it’s been, indeed.

One that’s been remarkably on target for hurricane forecasters whose predictions never fail to get our attention, fill us with dread as June 1 approaches, and always make us ask:

How do those academic types at Colorado State on the foothills of the Rockies know so darned much about our tropics?

They predicted between 14 to 18 named storms.

We’ve had 14.

They predicted eight hurricanes.

We’ve had seven.

They predicted four major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher).

We’ve had five.

Wonder if these guys have played the gaming tables at Las Vegas this year?
Read more in Sunday's Mannix About Manatee.

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