The community of Roseburg in Oregon, USA has an infallible way of telling the weather--a herd of goats.
TGV Countryside in Oregon (2 shots)
SV Goats on hill
LV Goat grazing
GV Goats on mountain top.
SV Mountain ZOOM OUT TO weatherman
SV PAN Weather station
SV Man into radio room.
CU Man gives weather report
GV Street scenes (2 shots)
GV People interviewed (4 shots)
GV Goat on mountain
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 8): "Well good morning everyone, time once again for the KRSB Mountain Nebo goat report...the official goat report for Roseburg: Goat rise came at about 6.30 a.m. this morning and at the moment we have somewhat scattered goats under intense high goat pressure system. Goats are ranging this morning about mid-mountain, three quarters of the way up Mount Nebo Thus we will have a beautiful June morning once again."
Reporter: "We can report that it was a beautiful June morning, ann accuracy of forecast which did not surprise the people of Roseburg.
First person (SEQ. 11): (garbled)
Second Person: "I fly, and I always look for the goats first. Then I call Federal Aviation weather."
Third person: "You can't beat them; I think they're more accurate in their technical analysis than the cloud."
Fourth person: "They're 99.4 percent to one hundred accurate, and that's more than we can say for the weather station."
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Background: The community of Roseburg in Oregon, USA has an infallible way of telling the weather--a herd of goats. For 40 years the herd has roamed the slopes of Mount Nebo north of the township, and for 40 years the townspeople have judged the day's weather by the roaming of the goats. The higher the goats go, the better the weather--and the lower they go the worse it gets--like a barometer. The goats have become such an institution there's even a "goat-report" broadcast daily.
This amusing illustration of nature's own weather forecasting system comes complete with a commentary from the National Broadcasting Company--a transcript of this is given overleaf.