Weather Woman

Our house is the coldest place I have ever lived.  Even in summer, we sleep in warm pajamas beneath feathers, flannel, wool and fleece.  We admit that sometimes it’s warmer outside than in.  We are working on an eco-renovation, in case you are wondering why we put up with this situation, but in the meantime, it’s bleepin’ cold!

Feels a bit sad that after a largely lackluster summer, autumn is blustering in with noisy winds and horizontal rain.  I looked out the window at the expanses of grey this morning, and made sure the children were dressed warmly for the day.

Out the door we finally got (mornings are an exhausting rush with school children)– and truly surprisingly, I’d say shockingly, the air felt: balmy, warm, humid, sweaty.  “Where did that come from?” George asked quizzically.  It felt exactly like that– some odd bit of air had blown in from somewhere, hmmm, where could it have been?  Might it be a roaring whisper of that supertyphoon headed mightily towards eastern Japan as we speak?

It was in 1999 that I first began to resent television weather forecasting for its banality and apolitical approach to the weather.  It’s television culture in general, so where’s the surprise?  Why would I expect the Weather Girl or WeatherMan (sexist language duly noted) to deliver more than a few jokes and present the information we need to get on with our day, our week– and only our day and our week.  Umbrellas, everyone, or get out the sunscreen…

What if The Weather as a television institution took on a social responsiblity:   Inform us.  Tell us statistics .  Which record we are breaking today: hottest, dryest, wettest, coldest, smoggiest, foggiest, iciest, angriest.  Explain how phenomena are changing, patterns shifting, new cloud formations, new seasons, new anti-seasons, new hives of  dead bees.

Tell us the truth.  Tell us why the air on the morning of the 6th of October 2009 in the mountains of mid-Wales feels like an afternoon in Texas in the spring.

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One Response to “Weather Woman”

  1. George Marshall Says:

    I really agree…the record breaking needs to be cited openly in a way that people twig There is a danger, though that we are now so culturally hard wired to endless growth that there seems to be popular excitement about breaking weather records- I just think of the rah-rah coverage of the 2003 highest ever temperatures…so it has to be handles properly.

    Worth noting, too, that in America, where there is a long tradition of the chatty weather news personality, a number of weather men have gone over to the darkside and are actively denying climate change -leading to calls last year that they get struck off

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