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How accurate are 30-day weather forecasts?

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Many meteorologists agree that there is little accuracy in weather forecasts that extend beyond seven days, so 30-day weather forecasts are not considered accurate. Oftentimes, a forecast extending beyond seven days is no more accurate than historical averages.

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The inaccurate predictions that arise from attempting to predict the weather beyond seven days can negatively impact the view of the science of meteorology and undermine the credibility of a rigorous scientific practice. However, meteorological models are exceedingly accurate when predicting the weather on a shorter time frame. The science of climatology has consistently proven that it is more effective at predicting temperature over longer time frames than meteorological forecasts.

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