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Keeping a Weather Eye Open

Have you noticed how seldom you hear people complaining about the weather forecasts these days? It seems only yesterday that no strong wind, freak hailstorm or lashing rain thundering out of a towering cumulonimbus was not followed by public or private outcry: “How could they get it so wrong?” As the Bureau of Meteorology prepares to celebrate the centenary of its creation by amalgamation of the former state colonial weather services, its forecasters must be reflecting on how much more enjoyable life has become since they have been able to concentrate on their science, instead of defending themselves against endless…

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