The first thing I do every day – even before I sit down to write to you, my friends – is I check the weather. As kids, when the radio man read the weather forecast woe betide anyone who spoke or rattled pots or slammed the door. There was a hushed almost religious silence for the reading of the weather.
Now with the advent of the insidious smartphone, I have the weather at my fingertips. No need for silence. I can read the news and the weather quite silently to myself with no interruptions as often as I want. And as up to date as I need.
Ironically this has demoted news to bites of newsy hyper puff ‘n fluff. Usually ‘leaked’. And not critical at all.
But the weather, from the weather agents we trust, (though one must also add ones own local knowledge to a forecast), is still as critically important in the reading. It still holds that raised Papa finger “hush now I am reading the weather.” It is still high on the list of influences in our management of day to day dealings out here on the earth. For everyone. Except possibly those who are incarcerated – voluntarily or involuntarily. But I bet they watch the weather on their televisions.
The rest of us are at the mercy of the winds.
Though today is above freezing, those high winds will make it a two glove and three sock day. A huddle down in the straw day.
I am not sure it will be a lovely day but when the animals get another share of my rapidly diminishing straw, they will feel lovely thoughts.
WEATHER: High Winds. Above freezing.
Wednesday Morning 01/30
Partly cloudy and windy this morning. Cloudy with diminishing winds this afternoon. High around 45F. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph. Higher wind gusts possible.
Wednesday Night 01/31 20% / 0 in
Cloudy early with some clearing expected late. Low around 25F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
7:04 am 5:09 pm
Full, 100% visible 5:34 pm 7:05 am