Democracy happened yesterday, and whether you love or hate the results, they are what they are. You’ve endured enough shitty political opinions this week to last a lifetime, so I’m relegating mine to here. Please feel free to not read it.
Now together as a country, we move forward into the new era: crappy winter weather. As much as we fear the literal dark times ahead, they present an opportunity to repair relationships recently ruined by your political rantings because meteorology is far more constructive to argue about.
Good question, dear reader. Whenever someone shares their terrible political opinion, our FEELS muscles get crankin’. Whenever someone names a winter storm or shares a long-rage model snowfall map, our THINKS muscles switch on. It’s this distinction that allows us to argue in such a way that brings us together. This even holds true on the internet, where political arguments go through the potato masher. Instead of words like bigot, moron, hick, and pansy (and far far worse) that stem from the FEELS muscles, meteorology related arguments online tend to include words such as methodology, uncertainty, hype, and deterministic. Our THINKS muscles don’t try to cut each other down, and this keeps our relationships intact.
Do weather arguments still fluster us? Of course, and that’s a good thing. Getting flustered gets shit done. Far and away, the main reason weather forecasting has improved so drastically over the past few decades is that we’re sick of hearing your shit about us being wrong half the time. You, the public, challenged us with your weather arguing, and now we’re delivering.
America is noticing too. Yes, we as meteorologists still carry the “wrong half the time” label, but the arguments we make are beginning to stick with the public. For example, roughly 70% of Americans now believe climate change is real. While climate change remains a political FEELS dominated argument among the public, our scientific THINKS bickering has transformed the climate change debate. What began as a simple “Is climate change real?” question has evolved into more sophisticated “What are the impacts of climate change? How much has mankind contributed to climate change? What can we do about climate change?” questions.
Our atmospheric arguing not only strengthens our scientific community but also challenges the public to use their THINKS muscles.
With that in mind, get out there and name the storms you see. Share the model snowfall maps. Generalize your seasonal outlooks. Hype an East Coast blizzard. Extrapolate a single weather event to climate change. Count down the days to tornado season. Let’s get through this winter together, America.