How's the weather, eh?

How’s the weather, eh?

Dear Readers:

Why are Canadians so obsessed with the weather? Do we have a desire to learn more about the polar vortex, or perhaps we simply can’t think of any other ‘small talk’ to fill our time?  I don’t think so!

Canadians have every right to rant and indulge in exchanges about the weather with our large, diverse country and their varying weather patterns. According to The Weather Network, we are the ‘weather weenies’ of the world” with Canadian media running 229% more weather coverage than anywhere else in the world. So, why do we do it?

Extreme weather
While our friends in Florida enjoy nice sunny skies, most of Canada has cold winter temperatures that can vary from 5 to -30C in most mainstream areas. (This only includes normal winter weather and not more ‘extreme’ conditions that we seem to have faced over the last few years).  Then, there’s the components of cold weather – ice, snow, black ice, slush, and more – than can lead to dangerous conditions. This has led to a habit of scanning the news for weather conditions to stay safe!

Conversation starter
The cold weather is a great conversation starter. Do you find yourself talk about this frosty topic (ok, pun intended here!) with your friends over hot coffee? Or perhaps you are comparing your geographic locations and the varying weather with your colleagues over a conference call? It’s a simple way to connect and create connections without trying too hard.

Love to hate cold weather
Canadians seem to be in their element (excuse the pun!) in cold weather.  It is a part of our identity. We can brag about how cold our winter was, or how many days without power we went due to a recent ice storm, over other Canadian regions. To learn more about the sociology behind this, check out this article.

Stay warm and let’s continue our conversation about…the weather!

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