Weather predictors used to be an awfully sorry lot,
Their direst of portents were usually faulty -- as often wrong as not,

Tornadoes, hurricanes and floods would always catch us unaware,
We had no way to see them coming, almost no warning there,

Nowadays they have satellites and fancy Doppler radar,
Receivers for orbiters seem to abound -- even in your car,

If they should tell you La Niña is threatening, listen and listen well,
These easy winters may have come to an end, you just never can tell.

                                                           by D. Edgar Murray