The Weatherman Takes The Blame

It's been that kind of weather.

The temperatures are mild in the afternoon and nights are cool, and there are sprinkles or drizzle from time to time. In fact, late last week was so humid that there was about half a milliliter of water in my rain gauge, as dew formed on the ground and colder surfaces.

It's a time of change, and because the weather patterns are not very settled, it's a difficult time to forecast much ahead.

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There are grumbles all around and they're not coming from the sky. The grumbles start at the home -- usually in the early morning - with "Where's the rain?" Every morning, I am fielding questions about what to wear. “Shorts today?”

When I go out, it gets worse. I walk down the street and I am simply embarrassed -- if not afraid -- to hold my head up high. I hear the comments: "There goes the weatherman... but where's the weather?"

At some point a person has to stand up for himself and I've decided that now is the time to do so. I take full responsibility and I am sorry (not if...) that people are upset and their wardrobes are a mess.

I promise to make amends. First of all, just to remind people of what's coming (about three or four months from now), it's going to get warm, and then warmer still. I am doing this so that after folks get the weather they really want, they'll appreciate me a little more the next time.

There will have to be a next time because by late Friday a storm is going to blow in and the warmth of the next few days will be soon forgotten. In fact, the cold will build in over several days and there is a high probability of rain showers early next week. There is also the potential for our first significant rain, but right now the forecasts are not definitive enough to say either way.

I hope that by the end of next week you will all agree that the past is behind us and all is forgiven.

Dr. Lynn is a lecturer at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Earth Sciences Department. He is also CEO of Weather It Is, LTD, a company that specializes in reducing weather risk.


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