Comments on: Even everyday weather could pack a $485 billion punch Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: ChrisOrr Thu, 23 Jun 2011 21:57:30 +0000 I wrote about this – without hard economic numbers — in 2004, an article that I see is still circulating the web. I lecture on it whenever I get a chance. As a meteorologist for some 30+ years, I can safely say the tools we have to make weather forecasts are so much better than when I started. The tools could be better, but we really need better weather forecasters. Bad weather forecasts and bad use of weather forecasts cost the economy dearly. Ask any resident along the Missouri River (and soon the lower Mississippi River).