Blame the weathermanBy Mike Barnett

I poured two inches out of my rain gauge this morning. I thanked the Lord, as I’m sure did everyone who received moisture this week. This Texas drought is devastating.

Those the rains missed—the majority of Texans—continue to pray for rain. But they curse the weatherman.

Weathermen are the Rodney Daingerfields of television news. Respect is something they only dream about.

Too wet? The weatherman said it would be dry.

Too dry?  The weatherman said it was going to rain.

Too hot, too cold, too windy, too cloudy, not cloudy enough…you guessed right, it’s the weatherman’s fault.

I’ve worked with farmers for over 30 years and it’s true: Have a bad crop or miss a hay cutting—blame it on the weatherman. He or she said it was going to rain. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone give them credit when things go just right.

It’s surprising what weathermen get blamed for. I was listening to a local weather guy the other night. He was talking about the lack of rain and he said a local farmer had chewed on him royally because the Doppler radar was causing the rain to evaporate before it hit the ground.

Weathermen bring part of this on themselves. Most of us in agriculture have a weather obsession. The night it rained, for example, I sat in front of the television watching local radar like a first run movie. Weathermen know this. Although the chance of rain may be only 10 percent, they pump that 10 percent for all it’s worth. Temperatures get shy of 40 and they tell you to prepare for a freeze.

Still, we tune in every night. Weather is a vital part of our lives. And admit it or not, we depend on the local weatherman to tell us what’s going to happen tomorrow. Farmers and ranchers probably will never admit it, but most of the time weathermen get it right.

The current Texas drought is certainly a tragedy as farmers and ranchers struggle to cope with wilted crops and stunted pastures. The parts of Central Texas that received rain this week were truly blessed.

We praise God when it rains. We blame the weatherman when it doesn’t.

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Mike Barnett

Director of Publications
Texas Farm Bureau
I’m a firm believer that farmers and ranchers will continue to meet the needs of a growing world population by employing equal measures of common sense, conservation and technology.
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2 Responses to “Respect is something weathermen only dream about”

  1. Good article, Mike. There is a lot of hype and sometimes a serious lack of humility in meteorology. Don’t get me wrong, there are many great folks who work on all sides of weather. Respect is something earned.

    Lots of people jokingly said they were thanking me yesterday for rain in Lubbock. I told them no way was I taking that. If I did I’d also have to carry the burden of the extreme drought.
    -Matt Ernst, FOX 34 Lubbock

  2. Smart move, Matt. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment!

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