Friday, August 29, 2008

The Cone Of Uncertainty

Doesn't that just crack you up? It's only been within the last few years that the forecasters have started using this term regarding hurricanes.

We have Gustav heading into the Gulf of Mexico with Hanna on his heels.

Here we have the local NBC weatherman, Anthony Yanez, showing us the cone. All the yellow area is the Cone Of Uncertainty.

So, what they're saying is no one is certain WHERE in the cone Gustav will go, but if you're in it, you might want to get ready to get going.

I know the hurricane situation is NOT funny - especially to all those who endured Katrina almost 3 years ago to the date, but the term, cone of uncertainty, sounds like it came out of an episode of Get Smart or Wonder Woman.

Heck, just Google the term and look at what you get. Maybe I am IN a cone of uncertainty and just don't know it???


Tamie said...

i'm pretty sure that "The Cone of Uncertaintity" should always be quotations and should always be capitolized....sheesh, you'c think that with all that scientific crap that the weather people go on and on about, they'd be able to pinpoint things as big as a huricane a lot such luck, eh?
oh, and thanks for stopping by my place yesterday, it was great to see ya!

Wep said...

I definitely have a cone of uncertainty

Veggie Mom said...

My Dad always said, "In my next life, I'm gonna be a weatherman. You only have to be right 50% of the time!" I think I agree with him on that. Our weather dudes say things like, "We're currently anticipating a precipitation event." George Carlin did a funny routine about weather euphemisms. What a crack up!


I think I live most of my life in a Cone of Uncertainty!
I'm so worried for the people of Louisiana!

Melissa B. said...

Don't we all live in a Cone of Uncertainty? Stay safe from the storm, and pray for NOLA!

Anonymous said...

Nice to see a fellow Houstonian. Well, I'm kinda a Houstonian. A bit NW of it.
I know...I love how the CONE keeps shifting a few degrees. I've gotta stop checking the weather until Monday. I'm killing myself with wondering!

MissKris said...

I've only experienced one major storm in my lifetime, the Columbus Day storm in 1962. It pummelled the coasts of Washington State and Oregon and did a lot of damage inland, too. I think the wind velocity ranked it what would now be a category 1 hurricane. I don't know HOW any of you in any of the Cones of Uncertainty areas can handle it, year after year.

Anonymous said...


Have you noticed the CONE moved while we were sleeping last night?

gary rith said...

eeeek, good luck!
(glad I insured that package I shipped you.....)

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