On the Light Side
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) _ While many state employees slept in on their day off, Gov. Richard Bryan was up bright and early to appear on ABC’s ″Good Morning America,″ sending Nevada’s greetings to the rest of the nation on the state’s 121st birthday.
Bryan apparently was better prepared for his appearance Thursday than the show’s host. When the program switched back to the studios, anchor David Hartman responded, ″Thank you, reverend.″
The governor then led the annual Nevada Day parade through downtown Carson City and did not know about Hartman’s error until a reporter told him. Bryan replied, ″I couldn’t figure why everybody was calling me ‘reverend’ this morning.″
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - The old saw, ″Red sky at morning, sailor take warning; red sky at night, sailor’s delight″ doesn’t hold true for Colorado, says a researcher collecting weather lore.
In fact, the opposite pattern seems to work in the eastern part of the state, said assistant state climatologist Nolen Doesken of Colorado State University. The researcher is seeking old sayings and quaint observations that match weather trends to the observable activities of plants and animals.
″Until this century, the use of lore was an accepted method for forecasting. But as technology advanced, people relied more on professional meteorologists with elaborate equipment and computer models,″ Doesken said.
″While the professionals are certainly more accurate, I hate to see people losing touch with our natural environment,″ he said.
Doesken said folklore that is fairly reliable in other parts of the United States does not work in Colorado, especially the eastern plains.
″The main reason is the mountains. They influence air flows, moisture, cloud patterns and sequences of atmospheric events,″ he said.
A ring around the moon, for example, indicates rain in 18 to 48 hours in New England, the Midwest and East. But it isn’t a good indicator in Colorado.
Some Coloradans rely on annual geese migration to forecast wintry weather, but the state has areas where geese live all year, Doesken said.
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Prospective patients for a new service at St. Bernard’s Regional Medical Center may be encouraged by the name of the director of a new unit that diagnoses and treats chronic sleep disorders.
The head of the Sleep Disorder Center is Jo Yawn.