Figurative Language Version:
In rain or snow it’s nice to know exactly how to dress.
We might need an umbrella to stay dry.
There’s special rules and fancy tools that help the scientists guess
If there’ll be rain or hail or clear blue sky.
To our delight, they’re mostly right, it helps us pick our pants:
In sunny weather—short; on cold days—long.
But science, too, like me and you, when guessing in advance
Can sometimes make predictions that are wrong.
When forecasts err, our rage may stir. We may get very mad.
It may have made us cold or very hot.
A rain surprise, while not from lies, may make us wet and sad.
We may feel quite deceived but we were not.
When what was forecast turns out wrong, we’ll breathe and let it out.
We may feel quite annoyed and that’s okay.
Like us, the scientists made mistakes, of that there is no doubt,
We’ll just hope that they’re right on other days.
Plain Language Version:
We like knowing what the weather is going to be like.
If it’s going to be very hot or very cold, we might want to wear special clothes. If it is going to be rainy, we might want to take an umbrella.
To help us know what the weather is going to be, scientists make predictions about the weather.
Usually, their predictions are right, but sometimes they are wrong.
If the prediction is wrong, we might wear clothes that don’t suit the weather. We might get too hot, too cold, or wet. This can be very annoying.
When the scientists do make a mistake, we have to try and be a bit flexible. We may need to take a breath to feel calm again. We will hope they’re right next time.