Pat Shingleton for Friday, March 8, 2013

Whether it is ancient scriptures, modern novels, prose or poetry, weather remains a constant reference in literature throughout the ages. Indra, the god of war and weather, is often featured in collections of sacred Hindu writings, first written 3,000 years ago. The Bible, has numerous weather-related references from Noah and the great flood to drought in Genesis. Weather is another literary feature of the Norse Eddas of the 13th century and, according to legend, Thor rode the heavens in a goat-drawn chariot inside storms of thunder and lightning. In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, the dramatic works of William Shakespeare noted weather as a symbolic element of his writings. He used stormy weather as a metaphor for human relationships in “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar” and “King Lear.” Fastcast: Springlike.