Global warming, climate change, or dirty weather researchers (select the scare term of your choice) use computer models leavened with taxpayer dollars to predict the weather. Grandma, on the other hand, uses her knees.
According to The Wall Street Journal, there’s a chance granny may be just as accurate at a fraction of the cost. She certainly wouldn’t have missed a 15-year absence of rising temperatures the way the “experts” did.
What’s more, predictive abilities are not limited to knees and other formerly flexible joints. Researchers have found that teeth, skulls, scars, and fibromyalgia can all work with the barometer to alert you to expect a change in the weather.
There is even a good news/bad news component in the findings. The good news is you don’t have to wait until you’re eligible for Medicare to start predicting the weather at your house. Individuals in their 30s have experienced weather-related joint pain.
Reporters cite Bill Balderaz, 38, whose knees allowed him to anticipate a “land-based hurricane known as a derecho with 80 mile-per-hour winds [that] unexpectedly buffeted Ohio and three other states.”
The bad news is you don’t even have to own a complete set of knees to get a twinge before the clouds roll in. Amputees with phantom-limb pain have also been known to warn of impending storms.
Even the animal kingdom has the ability to dabble in meteorology. A study on guinea pigs that were actual guinea pigs found the animals “exhibited signs of increased pain by pulling in their hind paws in low barometric pressure.” On the other hand, its paws could have been sore after running a few miles on the exercise wheel inside the cage. Who can say, since I don’t know how one would go about getting a straight answer from a furry pig.
Weather is even able to giveth and taketh away. While some changes cause joint pain, one study found that Chinook winds — warm, high-pressure winds occurring in Western Canada — reduced pain brought on by a disease or injury.
According to Melinda Beck, the discomfort in joints originates in “the falling barometric pressure that frequently precedes a storm alters the pressure inside joints.” And notice of the phenomenon dates back to 400 B.C. when Hippocrates declared some illnesses were seasonal. And she points out the ancient Chinese term for rheumatism is “wind-damp disease.”
The story even had good news for climate hysterics. “Global warming” could be a net gain for the elderly since “Cold weather seems to raise the risk of stroke, heart attacks, and sudden cardiac death, some research shows.”
But there is no word so far on whether or not granny will lose her predictive abilities after a knee replacement.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and Chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Click Here Now.