Thursday, May 20, 2004

It might, it might not; who knows?

The Dead Parrot Society makes a great point (via about the lead of this Reuters story:
There is a 50 percent probability that the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season will have above-normal activity, the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) said in its outlook.
Really? "Reporters should avoid writing sentences such as that," DPS says. Too true.

But, to be fair, the story follows up with this, which makes more sense:
NOAA's season outlook said there was a 40 percent probability of a near-normal season and only a 10 percent probability that the season will be below normal.


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