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Being A Meteorologist Is Harder Than You Think

Constanza Gallardo

Hurricane season started Sunday. A slow season is expected this year, but meteorologists know their forecasts constantly change.

So, meteorologists in South Florida partnered with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science for its annual Feel the Force event, where the community learned about hurricane preparedness.

Thirteen-year-old Lucas Sanchez was a meteorologist for the day with help from local pros from WSVN-TV and WPLG Local 10.

“It is a good job, and you get to see how the weather is,” said Sanchez. “And you get to tell people if there are any hurricane alerts. It was hard.”

Todd Kimberlain is a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. He says many people that see his forecasts think that’s the definitive way the season will “play out.”

“That’s not how meteorology works,” said Kimberlain. “And that’s not how life works, for that matter.”

He says uncertainty is one of the hardest things about his job.

“What the sciences enable us to do is to predict the future, but not definitively,” he said. “So we are able to say, within a certain range, these are the people that might be affected and in what way.”

That’s why professionals want people to have a plan and prepare for any situation. Hurricane season runs through November 30.