Today I go off to meet with my friends. Once a year instead of us meeting at our usual place we meet up and soak in the atmosphere of our wonderful capital city of Edinburgh.
Normally we meet in Dunfermline and I catch a bus and then a very short walk to the meeting place so the weather plays no part in my thoughts. Today I have looked at the weather forecast to make sure I am properly attired. Seems like it might be a rather pleasant day.
I so not know why I checked the weather forecast I would have been quicker just asking my wife. She pays particular attention to the weather every day no matter what she has planned.
I often make comment when she tells me that it will rain at 2pm. I cannot resist asking her if the weather knows that this is what the forecaster has predicted.
It is a bit like the story of the American Indians.
One day in early September the chief of a Native American tribe was asked by his tribal elders if the winter was going to be cold or mild.
The chief in turn asked his medicine man, but he too had lost touch with the reading signs from the natural world around the Great Lakes.
In truth, neither of them had idea about how to predict the coming winter. However, the chief decided to take a modern approach, and the rang the National Weather Service in Gaylord Michigan.
Yes, it is going to be a cold winter,' the meteorological officer told the chief. Consequently, he went back to his tribe and told the men to collect plenty of firewood.
A fortnight later the chief called the Weather Service and asked for an update. 'Are you still forecasting a cold winter?' he asked.
"Yes, very cold", the weather officer told him.
As a result of this brief conversation the chief went back to the tribe and told his people to collect every bit of wood they could find.
A month later the chief called the National Weather Service once more and asked about the coming winter.
"Yes,'"he was told,"'it is going to be one of the coldest winters ever."
"How can you be so sure?" the chief asked.
The weatherman replied: "Because the Native Americans of the Great Lakes are collecting wood like crazy."
I forecast a wonderful day for you all but do remember this is just a forecast and may not be based on hard cold facts.
Have a good day.