Changes in weather have frequently been credited to religious figures: gods, goddesses, and holy men and women.
Many ancient civilizations connected thunder and lightning with their gods. The reigning monarchs of Roman, Greek, and Norse mythology—Jupiter, Zeus, and Thor, respectively—all held lightning bolts as symbols of their power.
All three were known for flinging them about in anger, too. Thunder came from Thor’s hammer. Popular Christian mythology held angels responsible for rain, raindrops being angels’ tears.
Also some claim that on Good Friday, the holiday commemorating Jesus Christ’s death, between the hours of 1 and 3 o’clock, the sky darkens and rain frequently falls. The Old Testament relates many stories of weather-related miracles.
Moses parts the Red Sea; manna, or holy bread, falls from heaven; fires burst out for no apparent reason other than to show Yahweh’s power; and in retaliation for their wickedness, Yahweh drowns all living creatures—except those aboard Noah’s Ark—in a great flood.
Weather, in fact, does have immense power to bring good and bad to people. People have not been able to tame it.
Even today, with all of our understanding and technology, weather still brings mass destruction as well as the sunshine and water for life and growth—regardless of what we want it to do.