DONNIE JOHNSTON: Reverse psychology worked on Mother Nature | Lifestyles


Two folks stroll down the center of Caroline Street in Fredericksburg on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.

You can thank me or hate me for final week’s snow.

For years, I’ve been placing out a winter climate forecast throughout the early fall, and often with 80–85 % accuracy.

But throughout the previous few winters, we now have simply not had any snow, so this yr, I made a decision to make use of reverse psychology. If I didn’t put out a forecast, if I didn’t predict snow, then maybe I’d trick Mother Nature and we might have a snowy winter.

Well, guess what? Mother Nature took the bait and we obtained two storms in 5 days.

Now I’m not saying that I’m taking full credit score—or blame—for final week’s snows, the primary of which become a full-blown catastrophe, however you’ve obtained to confess that the scenario is a little bit curious.

For 4 or 5 years, I name for snow and we get none. Then this previous Indian says adamantly that there is not going to be snow and there’s sufficient white stuff to make the teepee fall in on the hearth. Strange.

One cause we obtained a lot snow is that the primary storm sneaked up on the forecasters. Nobody talked in regards to the Sunday evening storm till Saturday evening. Those are the storms it’s a must to be cautious of (pardon the dangling preposition).

Many instances, weathermen begin speaking two weeks upfront a few huge snowstorm that usually by no means materializes, often as a result of the forecasters have spewed out a lot scorching air, the snow both turns to rain or blows in one other route.