The cone has very little to do with what the models are predicting or how uncertain forecasters are.
Last year’s hurricane models were quite accurate in their predictions of the track of Hurricane Irene, and algorithm changes earlier this year give forecasters even better tools for predicting Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Hazel raked through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast after making landfall in the Carolinas as a Category 4.
Predicting the future inherently involves some level of uncertainty, and some situations are more uncertain than others. Hurricanes are no different.
You've seen Hurricane Irene's path predicted on maps: lime green states, electric blue water and a white upside-down teardrop running smack into North Carolina. But hurricanes are fickle and go where they will, so how do weather for...