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Shielding You From the Storm: Understanding the 'Cone of Uncertainty'

Posted at 10:42 AM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 15:51:41-04

The National Hurricane Center has made some improvements to their forecasting tools.  And by doing so, it has helped shrink the so-called "cone of uncertainty".

Chief Meteorologist Derek Beasley joins us to tell you what this means for the 2018 season.

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