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Weather Or Not To Believe

March 20, 2018
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

No, that is not a mis-use of a word in the headline of this piece, rather, it's an attempt at levity. (That's a fancy way of saying I'm making a play on words, or a joke).

There are some journalists and entertainers who have a feature of "What's bugging me" or "On the Soapbox" or anything of a similar nature that allows one to state their opinion.

Taking that thought a step further, I've been trying to come up with a proper name for my opportunity to rant or discuss those issues that raise an eyebrow, I?couldn't really figure out a favorite catch phrase, like "What Twists Your Knickers" or something catchy, so, I'll just let fly.

As you can guess from the title of the column, I'm having a very, very hard time believing any weather forecast of late. My case in point: At the beginning of last week, specifically on Monday, March 12, I?heard three weather forecasts all call for temperatures in the 50's forecasted for St. Patrick's Day Saturday, the 17th.

"Ah,"?I thought, "A beautiful day to be Irish for sure."?

Now, any day is a beautiful day to be Irish, but when you have sunshine and moderate temperatures in mid-March, it's a win-win all the way around.

In my 26-plus years here at The Reporter and The Democrat, I've spent a lot of St. Pat's shivvering in the cold, battling to keep a camera working in the cold, snow or even rain. There was even a year spent standing with a boot after having a issues with one of my feet. The key factor in all those celebrations was that the weather was always a crapshoot, and that's been a fact long before the Wild Rose Casino and Resort opened its doors in our city!

But back to the matter at hand. Last week, the forecast was all rosy and full of promise. By Thursday, well, things had changed somewhat. Well, perhaps somewhat is a bit of an understatement. The forecast went from 50's to unseasonably cold, with a chance of up to two-inches of snow, the possibility of freezing rain and ice, and to top it off, a Winter Storm Watch on top of it.

Remember the statement a few lines previously about the weather being a crapshoot?

Somebody in the weather forecasting offices is not playing with a full set of dice - because all they can appear to roll are snakeyes. They make for or five sweet passes and then bust.

And to add insult to injury for us, the same forecaster who just got everyone's hopes up and then dumped a load of ice and snow in their laps, draws his nasty big paycheck for being wrong over 50 percent of the time.

Now, I ask, how is that fair? Or even better yet, where do I sign up for that job?

I know, grousing about the weather is as old at time itself, and its always the topic of conversation. But one thing is for sure, not even Mother Nature is more powerful than the magic of the Leprechaun's and St. Patrick!



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