The National Hurricane Center recently weathered a political hurricane of its own, when its top administrator was forced out after criticizing his bosses at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As Congress prepares for hearings on the matter, we get insight into the way weather predictions are made, the technology we rely on, and what can be learned from examining the history of extreme weather events.


  • Christopher C. Burt Weather historian; author "Extreme Weather: A Guide and Record Book" (Norton)
  • Hugh Willoughby Professor of Meteorology at the International Hurricane Center at Florida International University
  • Martin Merzer Senior Writer, The Miami Herald

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