WITH THE FORECAST
IS HARD TO EXPLAIN
Memorial Day Weekend
focuses new attention
on cool temperature
Talkin’ ’bout Bob Turk, Bob Turk…
— Local weatherization of “My Girl”
By David Maril
Why are we Americans so obsessed with television, radio and Internet weather forecasts?
It’s as if we crave details on factors we have no control over. We are so used to being able to customize things any way we want, with all of our technological advances, weather remains an alluring mystery.
When people take trips to getaway places, such as the Eastern Shore, weather forecasts are an even bigger deal during Memorial Weekend and other holidays.
For years, when I was living and working in New England, we used to joke that the meteorologists must be getting paid by the Chamber of Commerce and tourist/travel industry to advertise decent weather even when there was evidence there would be nothing but rain.
We love to complain about the weather; it’s an easy talking point.
I thought the cool, dry and breezy weather at the outset of this Memorial Weekend was perfect. But when I mentioned it to a roofer I know, he said the weather was horrible and too windy for him to get anything done.
Weather and temperature can be even more divisive than politics.