Lehigh Valley residents have a weird affinity to absolutely freaking the fuck out any time we’re predicted to get any amount of precipitation.
So, if you’re a social media fan, get ready for an evening of everyone and their mother talking about the weather that is going to roll in over night.
You’ll get people complaining about how it’s going to affect their commute. You’ll get people complaining about how the weather people never get it right. You’ll get the people pretending to be weather people because they have a Facebook page pretending that they are better than the people who went to college to study weather. You’ll get people like me, telling everyone to shut the hell up and enjoy it.
I mean, I don’t get it. It’s weather. It’s not like we live in Georgia where, if freezing rain was predicted in mid-January, there could actually be some talk about how irregular that is.
But, we live in freakin’ Pennsylvania, in a valley that gently rubs the full balls of any weather system coming through, begging it to dump a ton of snow all over the place.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected, with the greatest chance of snow accumulations expected in the Poconos.
Local counties under the latest winter weather advisory are: Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton in Pennsylvania and Sussex, Warren and Morris counties in New Jersey. SOURCE: The Morning Call
So, why are people so fascinated in this?
It’s kinda the same reason people were all about the end of the world (and still are.) And, it’s the same reason people love conspiracy theories and the like. Because there is something that is affecting a ton of people, they know that most people are going to be intrigued by it, thus, if they expound upon the subject, they feel they are going to have the attention of others, or, at least, make some sort of “connection” with them.
Weather gives people who otherwise have uneventful lives where they don’t interact with other people as much as they would like to a reason to interact with other people based on a shared experience that can not really be avoided.
This isn’t to say that people who are talking about the weather are all lonely losers or anything. It’s just saying that it basically forces everyone to have a common bond for awhile. So, someone can tweet about the snow and know that someone down the street is experiencing it and will maybe share their same view that the snow sucks, thus allowing them to probably spew more of their own personal bullshit in their direction; like their view on gun control or something.
IN OTHER NEWS OMG IT’S GONNA SNOW!