Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Is there any point in predicting the weather when we have no control over it?

With the advancement of science and technology many things have been made possible these days and weather forecasting is one of those things. However, we are yet to take control over the weather to make it desirable for us. As a result, some people argue that weather forecast is pointless because we have no control over it. But that is just a short-sighted vision.

Since the science still has no mechanism to control the weather, the opportunity to further research in that direction is one step closer with weather forecasting technology. In other words, first step is already accomplished and we can perform more research to be able to conquer weather and take the control over it. While “whether controlling weather is desirable or will it be justifiable if it ever became possible” are the matters for other discussions, the journey in that direction has already been embarked and its advantages like stopping deluge and stimulating rain during drought are not only desirable but wonderful to imagine.

Even when we can’t control the weather, knowing about it in advance will help us to be prepared for the events which would be ‘unexpected’ otherwise. For example, knowing that it will rain in the afternoon in advance would allow us to take precaution, such as take an umbrella to the workplace. Or at least, it will help us to plan our journey accordingly, wherever we go. Similarly, knowing whether there will be snow or not will allow drivers to take precautions to not go into the specific area where the snow is expected to fall. Therefore, given that the prediction is reliable, it has many precautionary applications and we really don’t need to control the weather just to get the benefits of weather forecast.

Another common use of this data will be in scheduling flights. Airplanes need good weather conditions for landing and take-off. So, if we can predict the weather in advance we can schedule flights accordingly and notify the passengers in advance if necessary. Thus, it can help in better flight planning, scheduling and management especially during the rainy and winter season, when the visibility becomes a problematic issue for takeoff.

Knowing the weather conditions in advance, will help us to plan accordingly. Thus, it will increase the success rate of any given plan. This will help us switch between our to-do-tasks and achieve efficiency. For instance, a housewife plans to clean the house during the day and go for shopping in the evening. However, if she learns that there will be rain or snow in the evening then she can switch her tasks and get both tasks completed. If she was unaware about rain, she might not be able to go for shopping in the evening according to her plan. Therefore, it will help some active people avoid procrastination and achieve efficiency and effectiveness in their plans.

However, knowing about the future consequences can be sometimes undesirable. For example, if people know that a hurricane or a large storm is due in their place in advance and their death is almost certain because help can’t be provided in time, everyone in that condition will feel helpless and psychologically deranged. Some might die only out of fear even before the avalanche occurs. So, in such conditions knowing about the weather conditions in advance might be undesirable.

In conclusion, weather forecast is a wonderful technology which has many useful applications in our daily life. Even if we can’t prevent the catastrophe’s brought about by the different weather conditions, we certainly can take precautions to minimize risks or hazards for us by knowing the weather in advance. Weather forecast might not be a perfect technology; however, it is good enough to be justifiable, even when we can’t control the ensuing weather conditions.

No comments:

Post a Comment