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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Why Watch Weather?

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I'm a weather junkie. Unfortunately, we're in the streaming world now, and I've lost contact with my favorite zone-out fix, The Weather Channel. I must not be the only one so afflicted, though, because Weather Channel has had a long and successful run on TV and has become a go-to in apps and on the net.

I had the thought the other day, that while there are a lot of weather watchers today, most folks, most of the time in their American indoor lives, are barely affected by weather conditions at all. They just turn up the heat when they are cold and turn on the a/c when they are hot and don't particularly worry about it. If the apple blossoms are frozen here, they'll just ship our apples in from somewhere else.

Now, I've lived in hot places without a/c, and that wasn't much fun, especially as the place where I endured this was both noisy and hot. You couldn't open a window to catch a pleasant breeze for fear of being deafened, or, at least, of drowning out the TV you'd turned to full volume in an attempt to ignore the racket outside. During those summers you better believe I paid close attention to the forecast.

If you consider it, as long as you aren't living in a Third World mud hovel and earning your daily bread by farming, weather doesn't seem much to worry about. Many Americans go from homes to garages to cars to garages and then jobs and never have to brave the elements at all. Despite this, I think a lot of humans remain fascinated by weather, even if the life and death day-to-day consequences have been so smoothed over for many of us.

Central PA floods

The caveat is that the weather is changing--the world over. Maybe it's a good thing that no matter how sheltered an American suburbanite's life is, some of us, need to or not, are still paying (nerdy) attention to what's going on out there in the big world.

After all, Bad weather events--hurricanes, floods, droughts, fires--are Important Clues as to how our Mama is Feeling.

And we all should know by now that If Mama Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy. 

~~Juliet Waldron
Historical Novels

1 comment:

Roseanne Dowell said...

I always check the weather. Sometimes 3 and 4 times a day. Especially in the winter. I make my plans around snow. LOL And I love having the windows open in spring, summer,and fall. not so much in the middle of summer, I can't take that 90+ heat or even some of the 80s with high humidity. Hubby has COPD and is very affected by the heat and humidity. Like today, it's only in mid 70s but the humidity is 100 percent. Yes, it's raining. Much needed and didn't think I'd be saying that after all the rain we had earlier this month. My back yard was flooded. Hubby called it our lake. Far from it, of course, but a small pond about six inches deep or more in the deepest part. It rain all across our back and into the neighbors next door and her next door neighbor. I couldn't see farther than that. And it ran into the neighbor's behind us also. Quite a large area of water. The ducks liked ti. Wow, this is sounding like a blog in itself. Didn't mean for it to be so long.