Funny Weather Pictures and Stories
Tales of the strange climates and funny weather pictures from the UK, USA and elsewhere.
One day in early September the chief of a Native American tribe was asked by his tribal elders if the winter of 20010/11 was going to be cold or mild. The chief asked his medicine man, but he too had lost touch with the reading signs from the natural world around the Great Lakes.
'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.'
Weather-obsessed British people spend on average six months of their lives talking about whether it's going to rain or shine, according to a survey published recently.
Speculation about whether it's going to be wet, complaints about the cold and murmurings about the heat are also the first points of conversation with strangers or colleagues for 58% of Britons, it recorded. The study of 2,018 adults by pollsters found Britons talk about the weather for about 2 days [49 hours] every year and the subject comes up more often than work, what is on television, sport or gossip.
19% of over 65s questioned also believe they can predict the weather as well as a professional weatherman.
The most usual explanation for the British fascination with weather is that it is so changeable here say Will and Guy; although this does not explain why other meteorogically-challenged countries do not appear to be similarly interested.
Your Brolly - Or Your Life
St Swithin's Day - 15th of July
St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
Hand(s) of God? - Funny Weather Pictures
Guy could not see the hand on the right, Will then told me to look for the large thumb to the right.
Funny Tall Tornado Tale
In the state of Kansas, USA, tornadoes often hit with sudden devastation and without warning.
One case, brought to Will and Guy's notice, involved a house which was completely whisked away, leaving only the foundation and first floor.
A silver-haired farm lady, Mrs Rhona Seibert, was seen sitting dazed, in a bathtub, the only remaining part of the house left above the floor. The rescue squad rushed to her aid and found her unhurt.
Mrs Seibert was just sitting there in the tub, talking to herself. 'It was the most amazing thing ... it was the most amazing thing.' she kept repeating dazedly.
'What was the most amazing thing, Ma' am?' asked one of the rescuers.
Although he was a qualified meteorologist, Howard Sherlock ran up a terrible record of forecasting for the TV news programmes. He became something of a local joke when the Western Echo newspaper began keeping a record of his predictions and showed that he'd been wrong almost three hundred times in a single year.
Obviously that kind of notoriety was enough to get him fired.
Howard Sherlock moved to another part of the country and applied for a similar job. One blank on the job application called for the reason for leaving his previous position.
Sherlock wrote, 'The climate didn't agree with me.'
WEATHER THE WEATHER
Whether the weather be fine
The Met (Meteorological) Office celebrated 150 years of forecasting the weather in August 2011.
Will and Guy bring you the main records established in that period.
On the rare occasions that we do get snow in the UK all the drivers go crazy. You will see cars sliding here, slewing there, not even the pavements are safe.
I was talking with Sven, a Norwegian, and asking why Scandinavian drivers are so safe and so good and rally driving in the ice. He told me, 'Guy, we are all just as crazy as you Brits for a week, then we get used to the snowy conditions and drive with soft feet and gentle hands'.
Here is Will and Guy's climate report for Thanksgiving Day in general, and for turkeys in particular.
Early Morning Thanksgiving Day
By 10 o'clock the turkeys will start to thaw as they see the light of day. At about 11 o'clock a warm Chinook wind from the fan oven will raise their temperature rapidly to 200°F.
A precipitation of cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes will make the plates slippery. You may also experience a gentle drizzle from the gravy boat. This should also be accompanied by a heavy fall of a lighter liquid into your wine glass.
Evening Rumble of Thunder
Who was that?' asked his wife. 'I don't know. It was some guy who wanted to know if the coast was clear.'
British Summer Time
A long silence was broken at last by a shaken little voice saying, 'The big sissy.'
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