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    Chimp Predicts 6-8 Atlantic Hurricanes in 2010

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s track record in predicting the number of Atlantic hurricanes is so abysmal that a trained chimp could do better, says The National Center for Public Policy Research, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.

    The group is putting this claim to the test, issuing a 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Forecast today determined by a chimpanzee, “Dr. James Hansimian.”


    The forecast is being issued in advance of NOAA’s May “Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook,” expected to be released next week.

    “NOAA’s May outlooks have been wrong three out of the last four years – or 75% of the time,” said David Ridenour, vice president of The National Center for Public Policy Research. “We think our chimp can do better. He hasn’t been wrong so far. Of course, this is his very first hurricane season forecast.”


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  • #2
    The NOAA shouldn't even bother with predicting hurricanes. Hurricane formation is so complex that they wouldn't be able to do it to any degree of reliability or accuracy unless they had all the world's supercomputers hooked up.

    That said, their other stuff, mostly the common meteorological predictions, are pretty decent.
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    • #3
      From the sublime to the surreal...

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      NOAA’s Atlantic hurricane outlook postponed

      NOAA’s Atlantic hurricane outlook announcement originally scheduled for tomorrow is now scheduled to take place next Thursday in Washington, D.C.

      A new media advisory with full details will be issued shortly.

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      • #4
        My money is on the chimp.


        • #5
          "Bonzo the Idiot Monkey" only got 1 out of 32 picks right in his NFL mock draft this year.

          To be fair, thats only two less than picked by the esteemed draft expert Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News.

          To be even more fair to Bonzo, he did get two right in 2009, which is only 3 less than FoxSports football writer Jay Glazer and four less than CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.!.html


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