Rain Rain where are you?

For the past two days the city of Karachi has been itching with excitement awaiting the torrential rains that have drenched Mumbai with 30 inches a few days back. Our extremely professional and highly efficient Meteorological office issued an emergency alert of impending rains yesterday and hence got the bureaucratic emergency system in high alert. People all over the city looked skywards and speculated when it will actually let loose.

Today the met office declared an all clear. I would have to concede that weather can change very quickly but it appears our met office still has a lot to learn. I am happy to see the bureaucratic emergency system getting time to stretch their legs as more often they are late to arrive, so this mock drill can be deemed essential. The irony of our met office is that they have often predicted rain once the rain actually starts, hence no longer a prediction but a simple fact and we more often then not respond – Oh! Thank you for telling us !!! Analogous to a palm reader predicting you will get a job some day and when you actually land the job (say after 4 yrs of starvation) comes to say, See I told you so! – prediction / fact)

The actual use of a weather prediction office is to alert the public before the impending disaster sadly this time it again falls flat on their face. Until next time…. Sher Aaya Sher Aaya.

2 Comments so far

  1. hafsa (unregistered) on July 31st, 2005 @ 5:04 pm

    i could’ve sworn it’d rain on friday…

  2. Darwaish (unregistered) on July 31st, 2005 @ 6:55 pm

    :).. folks come to lahore, its been raining here since morning .. we can share some :D ;)

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