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A Cowboy’s Faith: It Always Has Rained

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Nobody is wrong more often than the weather forecaster.”

Yet there isn’t anybody who gets more following on the television and radio.

It is true that accuracy is very low because predictions even when given in percentages usually don’t turn out right.

However, the most popular topic of conversation among everybody is what the weather will be.

Talking about it is really the only thing that can be done. Praying for moisture to come or go away is never wrong but doesn’t always yield the results requested.

Interesting studying weather trends over the years and decades, but again that won’t accurately indicate what it’ll do now. What has happened in the past will occur again, but not when anybody can know for sure.

No matter how dry it becomes, rain has always come when it decides. Sometimes it is too late to save a crop and ends up costing major economic loss.

Having reported crop production forecasts professionally for a half century, there’s nearly always gloom and doom. This year is no exception with predictions of lower grain yields due to weather conditions.

Seemingly those farm production outlooks begin with a negative tone and usually go down from there. While farmers must be optimists to continue in the widely fluctuating business, a higher percentage of farmers are internally pessimists.

They’re always conversing: it’s too dry, it’s too wet, the crop is burning up, the field’s flooding, on and on.

Admittedly, weather variations are the most peculiar topic to be evaluated. One locale that has adequate moisture will continue to receive rainfall. Just a mile away where it hasn’t rained for more than a year will not get a single drop.

“How much rain did you get?” is also a very popular conversation piece. When one gets more, the other feels slighted.

Despite continued predictions of rain nearly every day, the Midwest continues to be short on moisture. This year is said to be one of the driest on record.

Although somebody will always complain, rain is always better than none over the long haul.

Still, there’s nothing to do about the weather except talk about it.

Reminded of Psalm 135:6: “He does just as he pleases, however, wherever, whenever. He makes the weather, clouds and thunder, lightning and rain, wind pouring out of the north.”


Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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