Today I learned of Capt. James Martin Stag, President Eisenhower's Chief Meteorologist, whose defiant decision to delay the Allies' invasion of Normandy from June 5th to June 6th due to weather conditions was dubbed "The most important weather forecast of all time". usatoday.com/story/weathe…
Commercial airline pilots help make weather forecasts more accurate npr.org/sections/coronavi…
Project Habakkuk, a British plan to build an aircraft carrier out of wood pulp and ice (pykrete). The project was dropped when a prototype confirmed the researchers' forecast that the full-size vessel would cost more money and machinery than a whole fleet of conventional aircraft carriers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Nomadic Maasai herders in Kenya's savanna use mobile phones to alert each other to dangerous wildlife, and those with basic phones call friends with smartphones to find out the weather forecast mediashift.org/2017/07/sa…
NASA and NOAA feared 5G would mess up weather forecast sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
Meteorologists rely in part on data from commercial planes to accurately forecast weather. Under European regulations, all large aircraft must carry Mode-S EHS an enhanced surveillance navigation apparatus. Data collected by this apparatus is used to extrapolate wind speed and temperature. met.ie/what-are-mode-s-da…
When NASA's New Horizons spacecraft passed by Pluto, the trip took about 1 minute less than predicted or in a decade-long journey, NASA's forecast was 99.99998% accurate or the equivalent of forecasting a trip from New York to Boston & being accurate to within four-millionths of a second. fool.com/investing/genera…
The Shipping Forecast, broadcast four times daily by the BBC, was established following a shipwreck in 1859 and is the world's longest running continuous weather forecast. With its lyrical sea area names, familiar theme and calm delivery, many listeners use the 0048 broadcast as a lullaby. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Today I learned about the weather forecast in Elvish, that was broadcast in New Zealand when the Hobbit was released. tourismnewzealand.com/new…
Two touching stars were expected to fully merge in 2022. The resulting explosion ("a Red Nova)" would have been visible to the naked eye. Unfortunately, a small typo in old data threw the prediction off. Fortunately, the science behind the forecast is still sound, so we may soon predict another. astronomy.com/news/2018/0…
Severe weather forecasts in the United States are inadequate because of a lack of computer power nytimes.com/2016/10/23/ma…
Weather forecasts measure temperatures in the shade, NOT in the sun. azsunblock.com/temperatur…
In 2007, 2 years after being discontinued, the Pontiac Aztek sold only 69 units. Original GM forecasts in 2000 expected sales of 75,000 vehicles per year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pon…
In 1967 during the Cold War, 3 Soviet missile radar detecting facilities became simultaneously jammed. In response, the USAF authorized nuclear-strike aircraft to retaliate. Thankfully, NORAD space-weather forecast intervened in time; It was due to a solar flair, likely preventing a nuclear war. popularmechanics.com/spac…
The Shipping Forecast, a BBC radio program about maritime weather, is so immensely popular in the UK that a 1995 decision to move the 12.48 am broadcast by 12 minutes caused angry editorials, a public backlash, and even debates in parliament. The BBC ultimately scrapped the decision. pri.org/stories/2013-07-1…
The national weather center campus where they make severe weather/tornado forecasts has a cafe called the Flying Cow, a reference from the 90's movie Twister. foxnews.com/science/torna…
When the deadliest tornado touched down in 1925 Missouri, people were taken by surprise. This was because the word 'tornado' was banned from US weather forecasts since the late 19th century due to hysteria. This mentality shifted after the tornado killed 675 ill-prepared residents britannica.com/event/Tri-…
NOAA announced it was to start using lowercase letters in forecasts by saying "NOAA'S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECASTS WILL STOP YELLING AT YOU" noaa.gov/national-weather…
AI can predict aftershocks better than trained seismologists. The machine learning process - termed "neural-network forecast" - outperformed the traditional "stress-failure" method by allowing computers to consider additional variables, including stresses in metals. scientificamerican.com/ar…
If a weather forecaster gives a 50% chance of precipitation that could mean there is a 100% chance of rain in 50% of the area. The 'probability of precipitation' number frequently used in weather forecasts is mostly unknown by the public and is misinterpreted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned of the "Michael effect" whereby weathermen are inclined to predict worse-case scenarios because a British meteorologist's forecast failed to warn viewers of the severity of an impending storm that killed 19 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
If a weather forecast gives a 50% chance of precipitation that could mean there is a 100% chance of rain in 50% of the forecast area. The 'probability of precipitation' number frequently used in weather forecasts is widely misunderstood by the public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Despite there being a retractable roof on the stadium, a 2015 baseball game at Marlins Park went into a rain delay. Forecast did not predict rain so the roof was open, but it started raining and the roof took 15 minutes to close. usatoday.com/story/sports…
Weathermen in the US were forbidden to forecast tornadoes, because it was believed that the panic caused by tornadoes was more dangerous than the tornadoes themselves. atlasobscura.com/articles…
3-day weather forecasts are accurate enough for planning purposes about 80% of the time. Anything beyond a 3-day forecast is likely to change. boston.com/weather/weathe…
The Weather Channel admits to exaggerating the probability of rain. This is because if the correct low probability of precipitation is given, viewers may interpret the forecast as if there were no probability of rain, and then be upset if it does rain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wet…
One of the first Cable TV shows in the UK was the weather forecast, presented by a dwarf on a trampoline. youtu.be/2y5UWCc6KHY
At any given moment, there are 1,800 thunderstorms happening somewhere on Earth. This amounts to 16 million storms each year. We know the cloud conditions that produce lightning, but we cannot forecast the location or time of a lightning strike. nasa.gov/facts/
The stock market has correctly forecast the winner in 90% of Presidential elections since 1900 usnews.com/news/blogs/was…
Contrary to the LA Story "Sun Forecast" scene, Coastal California is one of the harder places to predict weather in the US because of the many varied microclimates there. weather.com/science/weath…
Wikipedia has a 'Future Timeline' based on forecasts and predicts such things as a $1000 computer matching the human brain by 2019 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
We have been able to forecast hurricanes since the 1870's, thanks to the work of Father Benito Vines, a Spanish/Cuban priest. soundcloud.com/usatodayne…
When reading a weather forecast, the wind direction indicates where the wind is coming from, not where it's blowing to. theweathernetwork.com/map…
The government built a scale model of the entire Mississippi River basin which spans over 200 acres to better forecast flooding and where to place sandbags preemptively. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
"[d]espite the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) [Hawaii,USA] forecasts that Super Typhoon Pongsona would miss Guam [USA], WFO Guam issued timely watches and warnings. . . . The storm struck Guam with greater intensity than forecast, resulting in a public perception the forecast was not good." weather.gov/media/publica…
"Isolated Thunderstorms" means that only about 5-20% of the forecast area is expected to be covered at any one time. "Scattered" means 30-50% of the forecast area is expected to be covered at any one time. wral.com/weather/blogpost…
The Farmers Almanac has been in publication since 1792. Their predictions are based on 30 year statistical averages and "many longtime Almanac followers claim that our forecasts are 80% to 85% accurate." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
, There is an entire Earth Simulator in Japan that can forecast the effects of global warming and human interference in the Environment up to over 1000 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
In 2001, Robin Southgate invented a toaster that would "toast" the weather forecast into your bread. theregister.co.uk/2001/06…
Someone took over half a year's worth of forecasted temperature/precipitation data and compared it with the actual temp/rain on that day. Among other things, he found that over 11 days out, a forecast is worse than the average high by a 95% confidence margin. josh-rosenberg.com/2013/0…
Today I learned of the Shipping Forecast, a daily BBC radio program consisting of concise weather forecasts for 48 sea areas around the British Isles. It was featured in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, and a plan to move its midnight broadcast by 12 minutes sparked fierce debates in the Parliament. globalpost.com/dispatch/n…
Six Italian scientists were sentenced to six years in prison for failing to accurately forecast an earthquake in response to a local man's prediction that one would occur. The scientists found the likelihood "improbable" before the magnitude 6.3 earthquake killed more than 300 people. npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/…
The term "weather forecast" was coined by a 19th century naval captain - the same one who took Charles Darwin on his famous voyage in 1931. After he committed suicide, Darwin contributed Β£100 to a fund set up for his wife and daughter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Up until the mid 20th century the word "Tornado" was banned from weather forecasts cnn.com/2011/US/05/23/tor…
The "percent chance" precipitation on a weather forecast is not actually a chance, but a product of formation of precipitation and viewing area. weather.aol.com/2013/02/2…
Google can more accurately forecast the flu than the CDC rsos.royalsocietypublishi…
In weather forecasts, the "Percentage of Precipitation" otherwise know as "Probability of Precipitation" (PoP) describes the chance of precipitation occurring at ANY point forecasters select in the area. Not just for that day the public checks. weather.gov/ffc/pop
Dell computer company were paid by Intel to exclusively deploy Intel CPU's in Dell computers. Dell got so greedy that when they couldn't hit earning forecasts they just asked Intel for more money to bolster the books. theregister.co.uk/2010/07…
A 50% chance of rain can occur in a forecast as it's raining. Probability of Precipitation is an average over a forecasted area. In one part of a forecasted area there can be a 100% chance of rain, and in another part of the same area there can be 0% - we are then told "50% chance of rain". metoffice.gov.uk/news/in-…
Japan news and weather stations track and forecast the advancing cherry blossoms, or 'cherry blossom front' across the country every spring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
That the Farmer's Almanac uses the study of sun spots as part of it's long term weather forecast almanac.com/content/how-w…
Matthew Weiner checks the weather forecasts during the days which Mad Men is set so that the characters can be dressed as accurately as possible. vanityfair.com/news/2009/…
Weather forecasts in the northern hemisphere are more accurate in the Winter than the Summer accuweather.com/en/weathe…
A forecast calling for a 30% chance of rain does not mean there's a 70% chance it won't rain. The 30% number is the forecaster's % confidence a certain area will get any rain *multiplied by* the percentage of that area upon which it likely will fall. srh.noaa.gov/ffc/?n=pop
Tinker Air Force Base, In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is the home of the first tornado forecast, which occurred on March 25, 1948. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
The Iceland Metrological Office forecasts your chances to see the famous Northern Lights now and up to a week away. White = clear skies. Protip: scroll over the timeline. en.vedur.is/weather/forec…
The captain of the HMS Beagle (the ship famous for Darwin's voyages), Admiral Robert Fitzroy invented the Weather Forecast. admiralfitzroy.co.uk/
A man in 20th Century New Mexico purported to forecast weather and earthquakes, and even claimed to have detected nuclear detonations, using an old Native American technique to interpret changes seen in glass jars of bear grease. mountainmonthly.com/bearg…
The world's first tornado forecast was successful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
A bad weather forecast may have cost Hitler victory over the Soviet Union, and perhaps cost him the whole war as a result.
The Japanese have a forecast for Blooming Cherry Blossoms jnto.go.jp/sakura/eng/ind…
There's a website that forecasts earthquakes. nextearthquake.com/earthq…
A Chimp forecasts 6-8 hurricanes this year and that no one is predicting the "worst" hurricane season ever even though some news headlines say so. symonsez.wordpress.com/20…

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