While extensive attention has been given to the wave generation problem due to tropical convection, relatively less attention has been given to the forecast errors associated with these waves. Here we examine forecast errors associated with significant tropical heating anomalies by drawing a large sample of cases from the ensemble reforecasting project dataset available at the NOAA Climate Diagnostics Center (Hamill et al. 2006, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.). Conditional sampling from the large sample is used to study the structure and importance of errors in the extratropical circulation relative to the tropics. Composite responses, and dominant patterns of tropical--extratropical covariability will be discussed for these events.