At Orlando hurricane conference, predictions for a quiet season, plus apologies


For some forecasters gathered for the National Hurricane Center’s annual conference here this week, last season proved a painful reminder of just how tricky their jobs can be. “It’s hard to go all these years and then make your worst forecast after 30 years,” climatologist William Gray, 84, the man who pioneered the science of pre-season predictions, told a packed room. “It’s not very good progress.”