Monday, May 25, 2015

Weather reports in this place

OK, I know, I know.  Forecasting the weather becomes more difficult with every hour in advance that we try to do so.  There are literally millions of variables, and so much randomness that even supercomputers cannot allow us to make accurate predictions very far out (see "Butterfly Effect").
But come on, people, how about giving even a semi-accurate representation of what is happening right now?!
Here is such a recent report on a certain day in Hauancayo, where we live:
That sounds nice, doesn't it?  However, in the recorded meteorological history of this, the Mantaro River Valley, it has never happened!  The actual weather at that moment was pouring rain, about 50 degrees F, with strong winds, and hail punching holes in Paula's beloved plants.
Another example:
OK, listen; Cerro de Pasco is a bleak mining town at 14,400 feet, and again, if it ever reached 73 degrees, people would want to live there!
All right, so what do I suggest?
The following method of reporting the weather is far more accurate than the transmitted information in this part of South America.  It is known and loved by all Boy Scouts the world over, and an example can be found in any site worthy of calling itself a Boy Scout Camp.  It is called "The Weather Rock," and this is an example:
The following conditions can be informed by the Weather Rock:
If the rock is white, it is snowing.
If the rock is wet, it is raining.
If the rock is warm, it is sunny.
If the rock is swinging violently, there is strong wind.
If the rock is slippery, there is ice.
If the rock is bouncing, an earthquake is happening.
If the rock is underwater, be careful, as a flood has occurred.
I maintain that this igneous device is far more accurate than what we get from the weather reports here.
May your local information be more accurate.  Or get a rock.
Dave & Paula


Liz said...

Definitely got a good laugh out of this one! Elder Livi would love 73 in Cerro de Pasco! It reminds me of the mornings when my 9 year old asked if she can check the weather on my phone before getting dressed, and I ask her, "Why not just open the door and feel for your self?" Oh, we love our technology...

Darwin said...

It's always a good day when I find a new Out of the Frying Pan in my inbox. I just wish this was on Facebook so my many friends (all three of them) could enjoy these posts as well.

Patti said...

I gotta get me one of these!