Saturday, May 09, 2009

Google Weather

Well, one thing I have learned about people in Zambia is that they read the skies much like this in the Bible (Mt 16:1-3 - And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.)

Well, these Zambians don't need meteorologists and fancy weather equipment and tv stations and all that riff-raff. They just look at the sky. If it is September to December, it is sunny and hot. From January to April it rains and is hot. And then from May to August it is sunny and cold. Why would anyone waste money on all that gibberish stuff when you would be just stating the obvious. Well, there is this thing called "Google Weather" that I have on my desktop. So, last week before my early morning Saturday Bible study, I saw that it was supposed to rain. Rain in May? No way. I mentioned this to a Zambian I was giving a ride home to. He said as he looked up at the beautiful clear sunny morning, "Rain in May? No, maybe somewhere else, but it doesn't rain in Zambia after the rainy season is over." Well, guess what? That afternoon it rained. Poured. Really poured. And then a few days later, yesterday in fact, my teammate recorded this looking out of our house onto the yard:

Yup, it rained, really hard. So this morning, I picked up my Zambian friend and the first thing he said was, "Google Weather. Google Weather. You were right!"

1 comment:

Heidi said...

Some times they get it right, though. In October (the height of hot season) a former street boy (now intern at the Boys Ranch) told me it would rain on October 15. I laughed and said I'd hold him to it. Sure enough, Oct 15 rolled around with a nice afternoon downpour (and a lot of dashing to take the laundry off the line). :)

Hope you all are doing well!