Computers, satellites, and scientists are no match for the variables that exist in nature.
Human error, statistical error, and mechanical error all have a part in weather forecasts going wrong, but even if all the people, information, and instruments were perfect, it would still be impossible to be 100 percent correct.
Our understanding of the intricate relationships between the atmosphere and land and water is far from complete.
Weather forecasting is an attempt—and a much more successful one now than 50 years ago—to lay out what we do know and discuss the probable progression of the current situation.
Thousands of lives have been saved by forecasting hurricanes, floods, storms, and extreme temperatures. But weather, if nothing else, will keep us humble in the face of nature.