The Miami Herald has undertaken a multipart study of the National Hurricane Center and related tropical prediction facilities run by NOAA. I have just read whatever is already on line and I am shocked… maybe sickened is a better word.
Many things I thought were well taken care of, are not.
Equipment doesn’t work or isn’t designed correctly. Budgets are (in my opinion) improperly allocated. What should be considered incredibly important is allowed to take a back seat.
I know some people at NHC. They are impressive. But, predicting tropical weather is complex. A full data set is incredibly important.
Katrina was a forecasting success, but there have been so many forecasting errors. Forecast errors are costly in dollars and lives.
Here’s a good starting off point, but this story is divided into a bunch of pages and will continue through this week.