I did you a favor by putting ‘rant’ in the title so you can tune me out if desired. No offense taken. 🙂
We hear a lot of talk about ‘fake news’ but what about the way weather has become such a major part of our life that we consult weather apps multiple times a day in order to be able to do anything or leave the house.
Last week, we had some wicked weather across a large swath of the US including New Hampshire with dangerously low temperatures, high winds, and heavy snow.
There – did you get the idea? Stay indoors if possible, travel safely if you need to go out, and remove snow when the temps are at their highest and the winds at their lowest.
I’ve lived a long time and grew up on the east coast knowing that in the winter there could be winter weather. I know – that is stilly. 🙂 Winter weather, at some time, could include snow, light or heavy, even blizzard conditions which would restrict visibility, and along with that could come high winds or ice.
Now, in order to grab our attention, we describe approaching snow as:
Blowing snow advisory
Extreme cold watch
Freezing rain advisory
Heavy snow warning
Ice storm warning
Lake effect snow
Lake effect snow advisory
Lake effect snow watch
Sleet storm warning
Winter weather advisory
And, are we so far removed from having just plain old common sense that we need state governors to tell us to be careful, travel safely if we need to go out, check on our neighbors, shovel our sidewalks, and ‘don’t crowd the plow’? Who in their right mind would crowd a 60,000 lb. snow plow?
I also loved hearing the weather channel talking head tell us it would be beneficial to park our car in a garage during the winter but be sure to back it out once you started it. Every car owner in the world would have a garage, if it was humanly and financially possible, but it’s not. And, are we so stupid that we need reporters to tell us to open a garage door before starting and backing out a car? I guess they think so.
“The good old days” were not all good, but the simplicity of just reporting the weather and the news factually sure would be a welcomed change. But, I think I’ll have to settle for the mute and on/off buttons.
Or maybe, wait for it – I’ll open the blinds and look outside or I might even go so far as to step outside to check the temperature. Egads, what am I thinking? 🙂