Tuesday, July 28, 2009

And now, The Weather

Some days, the "news" takes foremost status: Something you need to know about has happened and that story comes first: Somali pirates, a plane crash, another Muslim jihad, or just Zer0bama's latest gaffe. Michael Jackson is still dead~!!

Some days, the "sports" takes the lead: Who won the World Series, who pitched the latest 'perfect game' ( *The White Sox' Mark Buehrle, last week), the Arizona Cardinals play in the Superbowl!

Then, and possibly most personally affective, there's the weather.
As a little boy, I made up an imaginary weatherman in my mind. His name was 'Wayne Cloud', and was he good! Wayne Cloud has always been in the back of my mind; because for every Oklahoman, being an amateur meteorologist is a necessity, necessary to staying alive in 'Tornado Alley'.

I digress. And now, the weather:

The 'cool front' that is presently sitting over Oklahoma is certainly a strange one:
It has softly rained all day here in Yanush,
the temperature never rose higher than 74° F.
A good, soaking rain which farmers and gardens all applauded.

The odd thing though, is that I've heard from a handful of Choctaw elders Monday, how today's clouds look like 'winter clouds'; "a buttermilk sky", "those are snow clouds", were phrases I heard more than once yesterday.

I thought the same thing all day. The clouds were lumpy, drippy...
the kind of clouds, and weather I'd expect in November or January around here, never in July.
Never during July.



Had these clouds, had this low pressure front visited Oklahoma in December, this would be a white-out snowstorm.
A blizzard.
Tonight, I stood in front of the Yanush store with a friend, looking at the drizzle in the blue illumination of a streetlight.
We both agreed how the precipitation really resembled snowfall.

The local spiders however, still forecast a mild winter. They spin their webs low to the ground, or chest high at best, instead of very high or only under the eaves, when a cold winter approaches.
Another insect forecaster, the annual cicadas, are few and far between this summer, around here. Their absence would foretell a cold winter, as they stay underground another year.

'Jumping Bird' and his mate tend to agree. He's been telling me that they will leave early for warmer climes this year.

3 comments:

Christopher Willis said...

'Global Warming' will kick in soon and the summer days will be hotter than they have been in eons. Just you wait.

C-)

BobG said...

"The odd thing though, is that I've heard from a handful of Choctaw elders Monday, how today's clouds look like 'winter clouds'; "a buttermilk sky", "those are snow clouds", were phrases I heard more than once yesterday."

They may have been snow clouds. In the summer it is quite common for high altitude clouds to snow, and then the snow melts as it falls to land as rain.

Most Rev. Gregori said...

Yesterday and today have been the first time since the start of summer, that we have had any thing close to summer temperatures.

Since the start of July, it has rained every day (or at least at night), and I mean real downpours.

As far as cicadas go, I haven't heard or seen a single one so far. Usually they make a real racket by this time.

I am almost afraid to see what kind of winter we are in for.