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April 17, 2013

Everybody talks about the weather, but it's not easy to predict

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While we may all desperately want forecasting months in advance to help us know when to plant our begonias or plan a trip to Florida, it's worth pausing to appreciate how far we've come.

"When I was a student in the late 1960s and 70s," says Uccellini, "we were just getting 24-hour forecasts of rainfall amounts and temperatures for the first time. Our goal was a 48-hour forecast. . . . Now we can predict snowstorms early enough for stores to have winter storm sales. It's amazing."

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