I usually don't like to root for meteorologists to get things wrong. I like to think they take all the information they have and do the best they can to tell us what to expect when it come so the weather. But this week, I hope they're way off. Watching the predicted track of what is expected to once again become Hurricane Gustav end squarely on New Orleans, I hope the meteorologists are dead wrong. I don't want to see us mark three years since Hurricane Katrina by putting to the test what we learned from that experience. Doing that would mean a lot more pain and heartache for people who still have not recovered from the last round. Of course, there is also the flip side - the one many Kansans can relate to when they hear tornado sirens and head outside to look at the sky because, after all, we've heard those sirens before and nothing's happened! If the forecast is wrong, will people ignore warnings in the future? If people think this can't possibly happen again so soon and don't heed warnings and Gustav does score a direct hit, will we see a repeat of three years ago? I hope that question remains unanswered, because I pray - this time - the meteorologists are wrong.
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