How they REALLy do long range forecasting

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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 an Indian Chief in a modern society, he was college educated and well traveled but 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 plenty of wood for their wood furnaces, 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 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.

One week later he called the National Weather Service again. "Is it going to be a very cold winter?" he asked. "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 buy as many cords of wood and collect every scrap they could find, before prices went up.

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 looks like it's going to be one of the coldest winters ever."

"How can you be so sure?" the Chief asked.

The weatherman replied, "The Indians are collecting firewood like crazy."


Senior Member
Walla Walla, WA
Alan, that is rich....

Moving on to our next favorite subject....

Two attorneys jumped off a bridge in an attempt to commit suicide, several people on shore jumped into the ice cold
water in an attempt to retreive them.


Answer: Enviromental Impact!!!!


Senior Member
Southwestern Pa.
That might be the same Indian my father told me about. He'd gone away to college and returned home with a degree in electrical engineering. Having been to the city he realized what primitive conditions his people were living in. He felt he needed to do something to help the tribe so he asked around as to what the people would like most. The consensus was, that in the winter it was very cold and dark in the communal outhouse, and that an electric heater and some lights would be very nice. He did the necessary work, and in so doing, became the first man to wire a head for a reservation.... :rolleyes:

(Nobody ever said dad's jokes were funny...) :)

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