5 September 2011 § 11 Comments

Spells of rain

The Met Office –
With all their talk
Of satellites
Doppler radar
And models crunched on mainframes –
Don’t fool me:
In her den
Beneath the building
The weather-witch
Is in control.
Firing up her cauldron
She conjures clouds
From the rising steam.
More cackled incantations
Fill them, chill them
Then spill them over southern England.
And on the screen
Her familiar
In the form of a smiling, suntanned man
Foretells her next week’s wicked work:
To put us under
Spells of rain
And turn fair Summer
Into a crabbed and wrinkled Autumn.

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§ 11 Responses to Forecast

  • slpmartin says:

    Probably more on target than most weather forcasters. 😉 This was fun to read on my Monday morning.

  • belfastdavid says:


    I have a friend who describes the “smiling, suntanned man” who does the weather on our local television progamme as “a really nice young man – the sort you wouldn’t mind your daughter marrying. But he knows nothing about the weather!”

    On a more serious note we do seem to be moving toward a 3 season year – Spring, Autumn and Winter. Summer appears to be gradually disappearing.

    Mind you, I like Autumn. Although the weather-witch in Yorkshire is clearly throwing a hissy fit this morning

    • gonecycling says:

      Ah yes, you have a special relationship with her in God’s own county. We lived in Pickering for a while, and have family in Harrogate, so we know Yorkshire, and just what a vile temper the local weather-witch can have!

  • Ina says:

    🙂 This is a fun poem, I know that witch! She cooked up a storm today! Somehow the weather persons think the 37 degrees C (100F?) in Greece is “Nice Summer weather”. I think 20 C sounds more like it 🙂

    • gonecycling says:

      I couldn’t be doing with 37C; like you, I prefer it around the 20C mark. She’s been conjuring gales here for the last couple of days, but at least it’s stopped raining!

  • I love this!

    The weather witch certainly works overtime when it comes to wind and rain! But I guess we don’t have it too bad really.

    This weather witch image is great!

    Christine x

  • And the title – so very clever!! x

  • Bob Hazelton says:

    Quite a bit of her work here in upstate NY as well, the river’s rising! Enjoyed reading 🙂

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