Never try to outwit Mother Nature

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Oooops! We said “no snow” and it snowed! 

On Monday, the Quay County Sun’s headline stated: “No snow on tap”  in the not-yet-printed Quay County Sun.  
When the Sun appeared on Wednesday so did the snow.

Several inches of snow, in fact. The chances of snow on Monday morning were about 30 percent.
It would have been better to say, “little snow on tap.”

Or better yet, not to have entered the trap of trying to be current, two days ahead.

Wednesday’s Quay County Sun is printed early Wednesday morning.
And the paper is put to bed on Tuesday nights, when there are no major holidays.

With the breadth of the Internet, there are plenty of sites and sources to check impending weather.
Like: weather.com – that will bring you The Weather Channel.  
Or: nws.noaa.gov/ – that brings you the Official weather service. 

Both services have national maps, but they’re different maps. And  the National Weather Service alerts you to the fact that 2007 is a Top Ten Warm Year for the United States.
The Weather Channel also offers videos such as on “Asteroid may smash into Mars” or “Watch It.”
There’s also weather.yahoo.com offers news events that somehow concern weather.
The anniversary of a tsunami, for example.
That’s been a topical subject for most Web sites.

And you can get more than U.S. weather on wunderground.com. At  “weather underground” you can select a country or a region to view current weather advisories. 

And let’s not forget accuweather.com which is available on the Quay County Sun Web site at www.qcsunonline.com
Some also offer free weather on your cell phone and provide helpful ads, like “10 Rules for Losing Belly Fat,” offered by FatLoss4idiots.com

But naturally, you don’t have to depend on the services described above. You can get your weather from many, any other sources.
But here’s a little surprise. A lot of this weather information is coming from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor’s weather lab. They say they’re among the “pioneers of online weather products, including the excellent Weather Underground site.” 

They call themselves UM Weather – Connecting You To The World Of  Weather. Under “Weather Sites” they say: The list that made us famous. Nearly 300 WWW, gopher, telnet and FTP weather sites – the most comprehensive weather index on the Internet.” 

Why, with all this information – we at the Quay County Sun should have known better than to headline: “No snow on tap?”

Besides we all know, we shouldn’t play with Mother Nature.

Chelle Delaney is associate publisher of the Quay County Sun. She can be reached by calling 461-1952 or by emailing: chelle_delaney@link.freedom.com