Hurricane experts admit they can’t predict hurricanes early; December forecasts too unreliable

Two top U.S. hurricane forecasters, famous across Deep South hurricane country, are quitting the practice of making a seasonal forecast in December because it doesn’t work.

William Gray and Phil Klotzbach say a look back shows their past 20 years of forecasts had no predictive value.

The two scientists from Colorado State University will still discuss different probabilities of hurricane seasons in December. But the shift signals how far humans are, even with supercomputers, from truly knowing what our weather will do in the long run.

A key point:

“Our early December Atlantic basin seasonal hurricane forecasts of the last 20 years have not shown real-time forecast skill even though the hindcast studies on which they were based had considerable skill.”

Just because you have a model that fits the *past*, does not indicate it will fit the *future*. This also applies to stock markets. Via Hurricane experts admit they can’t predict hurricanes early; December forecasts too unreliable.

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