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Summary: 1- We must interpret the times, not the seasons 2- We must beware of the yeast, not the bread 3- We must cling to the rock, not the sand

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INTRO.- ILL.- It was autumn, and the Indians on the remote reservation asked their new Chief if the winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was a new Indian Chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets, and when he looked at the sky, he couldn’t tell what the weather was going to be. Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he replied to his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect wood to be prepared. But also being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea. He went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, "Is the coming winter going to be cold?" "It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold indeed," the meteorologist at the weather service responded.

So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more wood in order to be prepared. A week later he called the National Weather Service again.

"Is it going to be a very cold winter?" "Yes," the man at National Weather Service again replied, "it’s going to be a very cold winter."

The Chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of wood they could find. Two weeks later he called the National Weather Service again.

"Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?" "Absolutely," the man replied. "It’s going to be one of the coldest winters ever."

"How can you be so sure?" the Chief asked. The weatherman replied, "Because the Indians are collecting wood like crazy!"

The weather has always been important to people. It’s important to farmers since they make a living based on what the weather does.

The weather also determines mood in some people. There is truly such a thing as SAD or Seasonal affective disorder or winter depression. The typical symptoms of SAD include depression, lack of energy, increased need for sleep, a craving for sweets and weight gain. (Wow! Sounds like most of us!)

I think the weather is important to us “older” people because it gives us something to talk about and perhaps try to guess at. And, of course, if you live in hurricane country or tornado alley keeping watch on the weather is vitally important.

May 15, 1968. Does this date ring a bell? A tornado struck Jonesboro at 10 PM, killing 36. Also, on May 27, 1973, early that morning a series of three tornadoes struck Jonesboro, AR, causing three deaths and extensive property damage.

Is the old adage true or not? “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.”

Red sky at night, sailors delight. When we see a red sky at night, this means that the setting sun is sending its light through a high concentration of dust particles. This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west. Basically good weather will follow.

Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning. A red sunrise reflects the dust particles of a system that has just passed from the west. This indicates that a storm system may be moving to the east. If the morning sky is a deep fiery red, it means a high water content in the atmosphere. So, rain is on its way.


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