It's late fall and the Indians on a remote reservation in Oklahoma asked their new chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild. He wasn't real sure, so to be on the safe side, he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect firewood to be prepared.
After several days, he got to thinking about it and called the National Weather Service and asked, "Is the coming winter going to be cold?"
"It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold," the meteorologist said.
So the chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more firewood to be prepared.
A week later , he called the National Weather Service again. "Does it still look like it's going to be a cold winter?"
"Yes," the man at the National Weather Service replied. "It's going to be a very cold winter."
The chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find.
Two weeks later, the chief called the National Weather Service again. "Are you absolutely sure this winter is going to be very cold?"
"Absolutely," the man replied. "It's looking more and more like it's going to be one of the coldest winters we've ever seen."
"How can you be so sure?" asked the chief.
The weatherman replied, "The Indians are collecting a ton of firewood."