St. Cloud State University Professor Tony Hansen says the advances in weather forecasting have come a long way. He says while they can often predict a storm well in advance it does come with its challenges:

“Exactly where is it going to go, exactly how much snow is it going to produce those are harder questions.”

Hansen says it does get frustrating when he hears the long-running joke about weathermen being wrong all the time because he says the reality is they are actually pretty accurate. He does say thunderstorms during the summer and fall are much harder to predict than the snowstorms in the winter. This by the way is National Earth Sciences Week.