Posts Tagged ‘weather’

Commercial Weather Forecasts Most Accurate Within One Week’s Time

July 4, 2014

Commercial weather forecasts are most accurate within one week’s time. After nine days, climatology models, or predicting the temperature based on previous year’s temperatures, is the most accurate. Within three days, predictions are accurate to within four degrees Fahrenheit.



Female-Named Hurricanes Kill More People, Are Not Perceived as Threatening

June 3, 2014

The perceived masculinity of a hurricane’s name, where a 1 is most masculine, greatly influences the number of people killed by the storm. As feminine-named hurricanes are perceived as less threatening, people do not prepare as seriously. Fewer than ten people die from high-damage storms with the butch-est name, while five times as many die from the most feminine-named storms.

–from The Economist