Monday, August 27, 2007

Weather Prediction

I don't understand why it is so hard to find an accurate prediction for our area. For some reason, the Weather Network uses the weather readings and predictions for a city 150 km from here as the predicted weather for this area. The government site is only a little better but even they use weather readings from a town in Quebec as the source of our weather. Yesterday the forecast was for 23º and breezy. Instead it is 30º and the humidity was hovering around 80%.

When even a few kilometres will make a difference in the temperature, wind, and humidity it is imperative that gardeners, people who work outdoors, and farmers have a way to predict the weather in their area. We watch the Weather Network every morning but we're watching the overall weather map that shows the jet stream. If it is below us on the map the weather will be cool. Above us and I can guarantee that it'll be hot and humid. That's about as far as my predictions go.

When I was a kid, and my father was a commercial fisherman in Florida, he watched the weather then went outside just before dawn. He'd look around and come back inside to tell us whether the weatherman was right or wrong. In my father's case it could mean life or death if he got the weather wrong and got caught on the water during a storm. I can't remember him ever being wrong, but for the life of me I don't know what he looked at or how he could tell what the weather was going to do.

It seems that we have lost the ability to look at our surroundings and know what the signs were telling us. Perhaps it was simply a necessity, back in the day when the weather could make or break a farming family. Perhaps we have come to rely to heavily on the technology that is available and have forgotten to think for ourselves. Or, maybe we have tuned out natural intuition for so long that we have lost the ability to live freely as a whole and working member of the natural world.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

You might try using www.weatherbug.com. Its very cool and I herd WeatherBug was growing a network of weather stations in Canada.

Dee said...

Thanks for the suggestion. Just took a look see and found that for the city 22km from us they are suggesting the Madrid, New York or the St Anicet, Quebec observation stations. The St Anicet weather station is closer than anything else I've seen so far. Great Suggestion.