I’ve been reading lately about the “flat earthers” conspiracy theories that negate the widely held belief that the earth is round. Satellite imagery, however, would seem to support the roundness of the earth.
It made me think about all of the advances in predicting the weather and how the NASA space program was instrumental in the advances that have been made in the last 60 years or so.
America’s first space hero, Alan Shepard, was born on this date in 1923. He gained fame when he made a suborbital flight into space in May of 1961, just one month after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited the earth. I wonder if Alan Shepard thought the earth was flat that day. Was he a “flat earther” or did he yield to science? What was foremost on his mind that day?
In 1974 Shepard allegedly walked on the moon, or on an Arizona desert, depending upon your view! At age 47 he is the oldest person to have done so. He is also credited with golf’s longest drive, as he drove a golf ball literally out of sight on the moon’s surface, or on an LA sound stage, depending upon your view!
The official forecast for our little portion of the blue speck we call home is for cloudy skies, temps in the mid 40’s, and a chance of showers. Do not be surprised, however, if you remain dry all day. Or, do be surprised, depending upon your view!
The sun should return on Tuesday under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid 50’s. It will be the first of several nice days this week, or not, depending upon your view!