Someone once told me you can tell what the weather
Will be like by studying cows in a paddock.
If they’re standing, she said, there’d be
a good chance of rain, whereas if they were lying down,
you could count on fine weather. Or it might have been
The other way around. What a load of bull, I thought.
What if half were standing and half were lying down?
Would that mean a 50% chance of fine weather, or to put it another way,
A 50% chance of rain, depending on whether you were
A glass half- full or a glass half -empty sort of person? It seemed a little dodgy.
What if, for instance, in one paddock all the cows were lying down
while in another, they were practising synchronised standing?
Wouldn’t one cancel out the other?
And why cows?
What about prognosticating pigs, soothsaying sows, auguring alpacas?
The list goes on. I decided to go back to the Bureau forecasts.
At least they get it right half the time.