You did brighten our day, as The Home Forum Competition invited you to do - with weather reports in the style of familiar authors. Your 500 entries showed how wide your weather eye is. The Bible, Lincoln, classic poets and novelists, the founder of this newspaper. Plus contemporaries like Harold Pinter, Anthony Burgess, and Stephen Sondheim. Also the recent past's Colonel Stoopnagel (Richard Summers), promising tomorrow will ''boo beetiful''; the very present Moon Zappa (B. K. Thornton) as ''your totally awesome weather reporter'' saying the slush will be ''grotie to the max''; and commentator Andy Rooney (Richard Barrett) asking, ''Have you ever noticed how the weather changes from one day to the next?''
Awards could not be first-second-third among this array of apples and oranges , not to mention pomegranates. Many said you'd had fun, award or not, and that's our main hope.
We'd like to publish all the entries - well, almost all. Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and Kipling were among your most prolific weather reporters. Somehow E.E. Cummings brought out the most consistent batch of entries, a delightful dozen. We went for the one that added to word-play a typically romantic note. This sort of thing - a bit of implied comment, as well as mimicry - is often what made the final difference. Certificates to: the rain f a l l i n g down in the golden after noon Yields softly, sweetly to tomorrow's sky partly etched with cottoncandy clouds Heat r i s e s to aneversoprecise 92 degrees till night brings peace and reminds me of You. E.E. Cummings/Michael Pewitt Houston
For fair weather today, go out of state.
Mark Twain/Vi Jones Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
It is a truth universally accepted that coastal fog must lift to sunshine, suitable for a contracted tour to Derbyshire. If it should rain locally, it might be better to go on horseback, so one must stay the night. To walk abroad in such dirty weather, can only result in petticoats six inches deep in mud, though fine eyes may be brightened by the exercise.