Last night our weatherman mentioned the possibility of a McFarland Signature event occurring this week, and he suggested those interested in the prediction Google for more information. I did and ended up with Marshall J. McFarland’s thesis on NOAA’s site.
While not a field of study that I’ve been interested in or have read about, I found the thesis well written with an ease of readability and very well laid out. I really hope that we do not learn of its application to the Rio Grande valley this week!
The wind can be predictable, and has been studied as long as mankind has studied anything.
The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. (Ecclesiastes 1:6)
Weather predictions have been with mankind for an extremely long time. Israel knew about them, as Jesus said:
And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. (Luke 12:54-55)
Yet here was a man who could control the wind:
And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? (Mark 4:41)
Foolish question. There could be but One who was described much earlier:
For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. (Amos 4:13)
John recognized Him and gave this description:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-3)