Sirach, like many of the ancient people, including the Israelites, believed that God completely controlled the weather. In fact, we still have some farming communities that pray to God for rain. Today’s TV weather forecast would be that God is sending us rain and a cool temperature, with nothing about a cold front. God’s command sent snow and lightning. The storehouses in the clouds would be opened up by the Lord to let rain, snow, and hailstones fall to earth like birds tumbling out of the sky. Thus precipitation from the sky was like the thunderous voice of God that shock up the mountains. The Lord was also responsible for the south mild winds also.
The thunderous voice of Yahweh with its wind caused the strong oaks to whirl. In fact, this storm thunder voice stripped the forests bare. The response to all this was to go to the Temple and praise Yahweh by saying “Glory to Yahweh,” This idea of praying to God in a church or temple was, and still is, a common response when a fierce storm occurs.