Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has gauged the winds of war and weathered political and diplomatic storms.

But for something completely different, he's going to offer a forecast as the guest weatherman on "CBS This Morning" next week, CBS News said Tuesday."I wanted for once to make a prediction that can be verified," CBS quoted him as saying. "I plan to have some fun. I've always wanted to do this."

The program's anchorwoman, Paula Zahn, was aware of Kissinger's secret desire for meteorological forecasting for more than a year, and last month called and offered him the chance.

Kissinger, now chairman of an international consulting firm and a member of the CBS board of directors, occasionally appears on network news programs to give his views on current world affairs.