I tip my cap to weather forecaster Joe Bastardi for accurately predicting Hurricane Irene's path a full five days before it hit New York City.
He even got the time right: Saturday night. He was not sure just how big it would be, but on Sean Hannity's radio show he explained that it could be as bad as Hurricane Gloria or as bad as a hurricane that hit the Eastern Seaboard in 1821.
Bastardi is a global warming skeptic.
He based his forecast on history, the cycle of temperatures for the Atlantic (high), the cycle of the temperatures in the Pacific (low), and a high-pressure system that was headed from the Rocky Mountains.
Other forecasters eventually got the path right. Everybody had a different computer model.
Millions of people were warned and damages - at least on the coast - seemed to be minimized.
But Vermont and other Northeast states are now going through the hell of what West Virginia went through in 1985 when Hurricane Juan put half the state under water.
Yet people complained about the predictions.
Media critic Howard Kurtz and British reporter Toby Harnden were particularly harsh in assessing the warnings. Hindsight is 20-20, isn't it?
"The truth is that the dire warning beforehand suited both politicians and journalists," Harnden wrote for the Telegraph.
"Just as with the minor earthquake that shook the East Coast last week causing no loss of life and virtually no damage, Irene became a huge story because it was where the media lived.
"For politicians, Irene was a chance to either make amends or appear in control. The White House sent out 25 Irene emails to the press on Saturday alone."
Well, you will get no disagreement from me that the storm received coverage because it was in the backyard of all the TV networks.
But President Obama did what he was supposed to do. He warned 65 million people to pay attention.
Upbraiding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for telling the Snookies of the world to get off the Jersey Shore is nonsense. Somebody has to tell these fools to come in out of the rain.