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Old 02-24-2012, 12:30 PM
 
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Meteorologist = Best Job in the world

You get paid to be wrong
I wouldn't go that far. In any case, any job that involves predicting the future (commodity prices, stock prices, fashion trends, etc.) has only one certainty to it: the second you make your prediction, you are wrong. The only question is how far are you wrong. The stronger the basis for making predictions, the more narrow actual outcomes will be around your range of predictions. There is an art to making predictions but it is definitely not an exact science.

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Old 02-24-2012, 01:08 PM
 
Location: League City
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe meteorology students have to learn loads of physics, calculus, probability, orbital dynamics, differential equations, etc. and they have to apply these topics to atmospheric mathematical modeling. Doesn't sound easy to me. As said above, forecasting is not an exact science. There is quite a bit of analysis that goes into "30% chance of thunderstorms tomorrow."
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:25 AM
 
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You'd be correct... I have a math minor as a result of all the calculus, and an associates in Physics.

There's a ton of physics involved in numerical weather prediction.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Humble, TX
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Given that line of logic, one could reach a not so complimentary conclusion regarding those that still continue to check the forecasts.

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