We as a human race are always fascinated with the future, because just like space and death it is the ultimate unknown. Or is it? Because we regularly predict the future, or at least the short term future. There are actually "futures" markets where people essentially bet on how many hogs are going to be raised in Iowa next month, or how many pineapples are going to be grown in Hawaii. And there is one other place in which we ask talented young men and women to predict the immediate and not-so-immediate future every day. We give them the most advanced technical equipment and training, and every day they have the unenviable task of predicting what the weather will be tomorrow.
That's right, Company. Weatherpersons essentially have to predict the future every day. Now they have a lot of help - they have super big high end computers, they have over a century of accumulated patterns and data and a Mother Nature who is relatively rooted in routine and who likes doing things a certain way. But still, they are able - to a pretty high degree of accuracy - to predict what will or will not appear in the sky tomorrow. Now that is pretty good, and I am more and more impressed with every passing day.
|Uh oh...where's Helen Hunt?|
And people have been complaining. A lot. First they all complained because we were supposed to get so much snow, and then they complained because we didn't get that much. "Fucking Mother Nature, why does it have to snow again? I am sick of this shit." Then they wake up in the morning and it is all "Those weather people were wrong, we didn't get hardly as much snow as they said we would. They are always wrong and they always blow things way out of proportion."
|Even if the amount was off, they still told you about this.|
So let's just lay off the weathermen, okay? And the weatherwomen. They are just as good. They get it close, and they get it right most of the time. So thank them, and don't freak out when it turns out to be not so bad, or a little worse than you expected. They try hard, and deep down you know that they get it right most of the time, because you keep going back. You know they're good.