Saturday, September 09, 2006

The Weatherman was Wrong Again

All summer we've had forecasts predicting rain, storms, showers, scattered showers. But we've had a drought.
The forecast is often for "high of 78 degrees" or "high of 82 degrees" but we get a nice sunny day of 85 or 88.
So yesterday, I listened carefully when the forecaster said, "Lows in the lower thirties, with scattered areas of frost." Since they were so far off in the wet and cool directions all summer, I figured on only bringing in the pots of impatients. The pansies will usually survive the frosts. The petunias might make it if the weather isn't too cold, and besides, they are somewhat over the hill anyway.
When I got up this morning at 7:00 am, I read the indoor/outdoor thermometer: 25.7 degrees! The flower pots still looked great. I went out and checked them: the flowers were frozen solid. There was ice in my little fountain.
What would a weather forecaster earn if he were paid by percent of accuracy?

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