Hurricane hieroglyphics

August 24, 2011 1:21:59 PM PDT
It's part science, part Mother Nature nuance. Meteorology now has more technology and fancy gadgets than ever before, and it's remarkable to see Lee Goldberg and his team in action, studying computer models and tracking storm systems.

But they'll be the first to tell you that science and technology goes only so far. At some point, the x-factor, Mother Nature, comes into play. And that's a variable that makes some forecasting tough.

A storm system can suddenly decide to do something that no computer model predicted.

Right now we're hoping for that, as Hurricane Irene eyes the U.S. and ponders her course north. We're hoping that Irene bends east at some point and leaves us with some "normal" wind and rain. But the computer models don't point to that. They the tri-state will feel the effects of Irene - some more directly as others.

Lee leads our coverage of the storm tracking and preps, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we'll have the latest on yesterday's quake - and the inspections that are still ongoing of monuments in Washington, and buildings here. And we're following the plight of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, who today vowed to fight to the death to try to retain power.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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