“That weatherman sure doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
A dozen times in just a few hours similar comment has been heard.
Every forecast is different and changes within minutes.
Not a month ago: “All this rain sure makes grass grow, but dry days are needed to get something planted.”
Last week: “It sure is dry. The crops must have a rain or there won’t be anything at all.”
Thunder crashes, downpour rattles windows, road ditches and driveway potholes are overflowing with water.
First complainer: “The weather forecast was no rain for five days, so 100 acres of hay were swathed into the windrow.”
Another neighbor exclaimed, “Boy that was a nice rain last night, those soybeans should sprout and grow now.”
Follow-up grudging response, “But all of that hay will take forever to dry, especially with the humidity, no quality whatsoever.”
Farmer down the road, one of the few with wheat this year. “Crop’s ripe and no way to get in the field for days. The wind flattened some of it, too.”
Forecaster on the 6 o’clock morning Ag Roundup, “It’ll be dry and sunny, near record high, a slight breeze.”
At 7:30, loading the pickup to head to the field, completely cloud covered, sprinkles, wind bristling tree limbs.
“It’d sure be nice if a farmer could plan his work. One just doesn’t have a clue from one hour to the next what the weather’s going to do.”
Completely impossible to satisfy everybody any of the time no matter the conditions. What’s the right moisture for one or two is not enough or too much for all the others.
Too hot, too humid, too windy, too still, too cool, too dry, too wet, somebody is dissatisfied with the weather.
Educated forecasters really don’t know factually what the weather is going to be any more than everyone else.
Have worked next door and been well acquainted with several weathermen who do have extensive knowledge. Yet they’re only human doing their best, deserving credit for effort.
Sometimes they’re right, sometimes they’re wrong, but Mother Nature is the only one who really knows. And she keeps changing her mind.
There’s nothing to do about the weather except talk about it, because change is on the way.
Reminded of Job 37:8: “No one can escape the weather. It’s there.”
Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.
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