The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test Jesus they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” Then he left them and went away. (Matthew 16:1-4 NRSVCE)
Looking For a Sign
Interpreting the “appearance of the sky” is as old as when the first humans roamed the Earth. From the color perceived with the eyes to the information received through the other senses (including signals received through the big toe), the weather has been used as a harbinger of what is to come. All these centuries later, with double doppler and computerized “spaghetti models,” interpreting and predicting the weather is still subject to variables that are simply unknown.