Despite advances in severe storm prediction technologies, mapping out the exact arrival place and time of any storm can be an inexact science at best. Using the following New York Times articles as a starting point, write a one to two-page essay (11-12 point Calibri or Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins) on whether we as a society are too comfortable and confident in severe weather predictions, and whether forecasters should be held responsible when their predictions are not correct due to misuse of technology or inaccurate interpretation of data. In writing your essay, justify your arguments and opinions with examples of the success and failure of weather forecasting.

Weather Forecasting – Who is responsible when it all goes wrong?

Anyone who has lived in Tennessee, or anywhere in the South or Midwest, is aware of the dangers of severe storms. In recent years, most people have been conditioned to tune into local weather forecasts, on the radio, TV or even cell phone, when severe weather approaches. The hope is that by knowing of an approaching severe storm in advance, we can better protect ourselves, our families and our property.

Despite advances in severe storm prediction technologies, mapping out the exact arrival place and time of any storm can be an inexact science at best. Using the following New York Times articles as a starting point, write a one to two-page essay (11-12 point Calibri or Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins) on whether we as a society are too comfortable and confident in severe weather predictions, and whether forecasters should be held responsible when their predictions are not correct due to misuse of technology or inaccurate interpretation of data. In writing your essay, justify your arguments and opinions with examples of the success and failure of weather forecasting. You are not limited to the following articles, and may of course use your own experiences in writing your essay.

 

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