Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Wednesday, January 12, 2021

As the old saying goes, everyone talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.

Except that they do — they obsess about it. Especially when the inclement stuff hits. Or even threatens to hit. Perpetual panic is the result of our exaggerating the impact of the elements:

We barely have time to dry off from the assaulting rains of spring and the insurgent swelter of summer before we begin to fortify ourselves for another coming cold war — with its insidious sleet, lethal icicles and villainous black ice…

All of this hysteria over storm alerts and weather warnings, [author John] Balzar says, stems from “an impoverished sense of wonder about nature … and an exaggerated sense of self-pity.”

When we speak of weather “events,” Balzar says, “the jargon of sports, war, economics have all blended into one, and weather has been dragged into the fray.”

There’s definitely an element of titillation here as well. Who knew Mother Nature could impart such a thrill?

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/12/2021 10:01am
Category: Society, Weather
| Permalink | Comments Off