Praying For Rain

This appears right now (around 11:30 AM PST on Monday, June 18, 2007) on Weather.com:

National Forecast
Prayers answered
2:00 p.m. ET 6/18/2007
Many southern communities have had prayer vigils for rain due to the drought. Their prayers may be answered Tuesday.

Weather is a science. The storm front is not an answer to prayers. It is not the result of some mystical being subtly manipulating the universe to bring relief. It is the result of physical processes at work on our planet.

“Prayer” is appearing far too in headlines and news articles. Instead of praying, read a book about weather, move, or take some action that might actually mean something.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), his Micro.blog (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).