…Sailors Take Warning


The pink clouds of morning were reflected in the millpond smooth water.  An outrigger towed a party boat far out between the islands.

I closed my laptop and moved inland, the conversation flowing through my head.

“All reports are for a major storm.  Satellite shows it will hit soon.”

“You’re crazy, it is a beautiful day.”

“Yes, here and now, but it is coming. This is science.”

He laughed.  “You and your silly Western superstition you call ‘science’. I trust my senses.  Next you’ll say ‘red in the morning…’ Ha!”

The first band moved through, causing the trees to bend.


word count = 100

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32 thoughts on “…Sailors Take Warning

  1. granonine

    My dad was in the navy during WWII. He often said that weather predictions were both science and accumulated folklore and experience. In the submarine he was in during the war, they paid close attention to both.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      There are many things that a weather-wise person can know and their wisdom is not to be thrown away, but I don’t doubt your dad and shipmates also put a lot of weight on science, even though the weather prediction was pretty limited back then. As were submarines – today they’d just stay below the weather…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, they do understand the nature of the place better than most, but I have heard about fast moving storms taking all of the locals by surprise, no matter how in tune they are. (I am also a weather map geek ;) ).


  2. Bear

    Always trust the “science” of old wive’s tales… especially the Red morn, take warn one. We had a light pink dawn this morning, just a tiny bit. We’re expecting rain tomorrow night.

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