Hart Ford
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The weather rock

< >If in October we get a warming weather pattern called an ‘Indian Summer,’ in August when we get a cooling weather pattern what should we call it? An ‘Indian Winter?’ or an ‘Eskimo Summer?’ You may call it whatever you want, but I love the temporary escape from the hot and humid weather.

< >I love going to the cedar chest and bringing out a nice fall throw blanket and to be able to settle in my ‘Comfy Chair’ under the warmth and coziness that a crisp morning nap can deliver. The hot and humid weather nap is fine, but without the air-conditioning it can get a little sticky even under the lightest throw blanket.

< >I love all the seasons; summer, winter, spring and fall. In Michigan we have more than the four seasons! We can have a mix of summer and fall, winter and spring and at certain times of the year; we can have all four seasons in one day! Today for example, we will start the morning off with a chilly 48 degrees and by evening we will be in the 80′. This is a challenge of course for our meteorologists to predict our Michigan weather.

< >Would you like a job that you may be wrong 80% of the time and still keep your job? They are 100% correct in showing us what happened in the past and why, but the future predictions can be a challenge. Add in the Michigan trend to ‘Wait 15 minutes and the weather will change’ adds to their dilemma.

< >A local restaurant tells the weather 100% correct all of the time. There is a large rock hanging on a long rope and a sign that helps interpret the rocks weather assessment in real time. The sign says: ‘If rock is wet, it’ raining. If rock is white, it’ snowing. If rock is burning hot, it’ sunny. If rock is dark it’ either cloudy or nighttime.’

< >The rock is always correct, very intelligent rock. Not to say that meteorologists are not intelligent but at times it seems the rock beats them.

< >Our television weather people, and NOAH weather people (Name has nothing to do with the whole flood thing right?) do a tremendous job with Doppler radar or whatever technology they are using to keep us safe when issuing a severe storm warning, a watch or a tornado warning! When the sirens go off, I head for cover!

< >So, back to the rock method of assessing the weather, if the rock begins to swirl around and then lift up along with the posts toward the sky, quickly head for a basement, inner room or a bathroom for refuge, just in case.

< >Seriously, take action when the weather warnings are issued. Have an emergency plan for the family; do not go under trees in a lightning storm, but find appropriate shelter!

< >I’m going to head to my ‘Comfy Chair’ to log in some nap time and take advantage of this ‘Indian Winter’ with a warm blanket. I don’t think any sirens will wake me up today, but if they do, I’m ready!

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< >‘Remember, every day is a gift! Some are just a little more fun to open than others!’ – Joel Vernier Author ‘The Guinea Pig In The Freezer!’

< >-¬ Joel M. Vernier, August 8, 2017


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