I love weather. Good or bad, it is a constant reminder that we are small. Who was it who shouted at the waves? I know of a prayer which says, "Do not listen to kings who shout at the waves."
An understanding of weather, a study of forecasting in particular, leads me to a fascination for the phenomena which occur daily. I always consult the public discussion page of our local National Weather Service office in Buffalo. In spite of the old-fashioned way of writing in upper case letters; a throw back to the days of teleprinters, there are some gems to be found there. Click Here to read the current discussion. If you read your own local page daily you will get to know the forecasters personally, as their comments reflect their art, their thought processes, and in the case of one particular forecaster in Buffalo, his wonderful way with words.
The discussion is hyperlinked, with any word appearing in their glossary showing up underlined.
Here is the current discussion:
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 303 AM EDT MON AUG 23 2010 .SYNOPSIS...-- Changed Discussion --DEEP LOW PRESSURE WILL SETTLE SLOWLY SOUTH FROM CENTRAL NEW YORK TO CHESAPEAKE BAY BY TUESDAY...CIRCULATING SHOWERS BACK ACROSS OUR REGION FOR A TIME TODAY BEFORE DRYING WORKS IN FROM THE NORTH TONIGHT AND TUESDAY. A WEAK COLD FRONT WILL THEN CROSS THE LOWER LAKES WITH A FEW SHOWERS LATER WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY BEFORE HIGH PRESSURE SETTLES IN FOR A LONG DRY AND WARMER PERIOD THROUGH NEXT WEEKEND.
Notice the red? That's changed discussion from the previous version. Notice the word "FRONT" is a link, click it!
So it's colder, windier, cloudier, and wetter than previously this summer. Perhaps the days of swimming in the lake are soon to end. Perhaps it's time to think about getting boats off the water. Perhaps the trees will turn soon. Whatever.... I don't like wishing my life away, as every moment is important, but I do look forward to the change of seasons. How beautiful fresh snowfall is! How awesome new growth in spring! How fascinating the blaze of colors in the fall.
Enjoy the weather, whatever it brings.