“The computer models indicate that we have a winter storm barreling down on us” the weather forecaster claimed, “we will see 6 – 8 inches of snow with blowing snow by rush hour this evening.”
His proclamation exacerbated the viewers feelings of doom and despair. People rushed to buy food essentials, fill their fuel tanks, and to purchase ice melting supplies. Then they made their way home early in the snow to avoid getting stuck away from home. Once home they huddled with their families to wait out the storm.
By 6:00 PM the storm had passed and the people cautiously made their way to the windows to see what Mother Nature had burdened them with as the forecaster on TV mawkishly updated the forecast after the fact to one to two inches with lower amounts in some areas.
And the computer model laughed at the silly humans.
I thought of this yesterday while driving home. So many times the meteorologists employed by the television companies will decry bad weather approaching while animals, both domesticated and wild will tell us differently.
While the forecasters were saying one thing, the cattle I passed along the road were not huddled together as they usually do before a winter storm. Neither were the wild birds to tend to clump together in bad weather. Animals know more about approaching bad weather than we do.
As I went through one town, the local grocery store that usually just a few cars in the parking lot was packed with people buying up essentials. The local hardware store’s lot was full too. Although I am sure the merchants were happy for the extra business, but the money was needlessly spent.
Watch a cat before a severe storm is about to hit in the summer. They will go hide in my experience in the basement somewhere sheltered. Before that Tsunami hit Thailand a few years ago, the elephants (both domesticated and wild) headed to higher ground with other animals. Animals already know what we humans have either forgotten or never known how to do; listen to Mother Nature and our inner voice that tell us something is about to happen.
Finally, as I pulled into the driveway, I laughed as the thought came to me that if computers had emotions, the one that comes up with computer models for weather must be laughing right now for suckering so many humans into a feeling of impending doom.