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When the Planet Looks Like a Climate-Change Ad

“We kept on trying to wrap our heads around [that forecast] as we made it.”
Source: NOAA / CIRA / Colorado State University

It takes a lot of unusual weather to surprise the director of the National Weather Service. But speaking on Sunday from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration office in College Park, Maryland, Louis Uccellini couldn’t contain his shock.

“I tell people to look at the two forecasts we’ve made over the last two weeks,” he told me.“We forecast 50 inches of rainfall over eastern Texas. That was a forecast that we

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