Aug 17, 2011
“And tonight, the weather gone wild. Winds that come out of nowhere. Floods swelling streets. Heat breaking records in all 50 states. Snow where it hasn’t fallen in decades.”
Suppose you have 100 weather stations in a state, and a 100 year year record. You would expect to have on average one high temperature record set somewhere in that state every day, or about 30 high temperature records per state per month. The odds of the state going through a month without any station setting a high temperature record are very low.
This is where superstition comes from. People mistakenly believe that something unusual is happening, and then blame it on the witch next door (who has not had as much plastic surgery.)
h/t to Marc Morano
This article was posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 3:08 am