Five Social Media Weather Posts That Need to Be Retired
Here in Texas, you can be certain of one thing when it comes to the weather: if you don't like it, just wait. But on social media, there are some certainties about the weather as well. One of the wonderful things about the Internet is that it provides detailed access to weather information like never before. If you are a weather junkie like I am, it's like getting a glimpse at the real world of meteorology without having to take a science class.
When you love weather, you realize it is a difficult and inexact science, something the general population doesn't really understand. And much in the same way political opinions are broadcast on social media and news story comment sections by people who probably shouldn't be doing so, the Internet amplifies the voices of those who want to talk about the weather, no matter what they might be saying.
After witnessing the following over and over and over and over on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere, I suggest it's time to put these posts to bed once and for all.
5. Screen shots of weather apps to show how hot or cold it is outside.
I honestly don't mind a screen shot of something unique like a dynamic weather radar image or a scale showing a crazy temperature range. But the sheer number of screen shots of weather apps captioned with "OMG, IT'S SO HOT!" have gotten ridiculous. I could probably live with it if so many people didn't do it so often or if it were only done to show comparison -- showing the difference between your 70-degrees and sunshine and your friend's 20-degree snowstorm to make him jealous, for example. But, far too often it is simply a shot of a weather app like the one on my phone...and pretty much everyone else's.
4. Bemoaning the time of year.
There is absolutely nothing that can be done about the fact that it is currently January. Nothing. So, if you hate it, all you have to do is wait. Taking to the Internet to air your grievances with the season is about as pointless as every year saying they have the Christmas decorations up too early. Your tweet isn't changing anything. Just accept that, for now, you have to deal with it and move on. None of us need to know.
3. Repeatedly referencing your love/hate of a particular kind of weather.
One of the side effects of following people online is you get to know whatever they choose to share. This can be a great thing or a not so great thing depending on your perspective, your friend and the information being offered. Most importantly, it can depend heavily on the level of repetition. Everyone has that friend that hates the cold and the moment the temperature falls below 70, here come the tweets and Facebook posts. There's also "loves the sun" guy who just wants every day to be like Southern California only he lives in Portland. We all have our likes and dislikes with the weather, but not all of us tell each other...all the time.
2. Using the current weather to defend your political position on the environment.
"So much for global warming" is one of the dumbest and most over-used weather axioms online. But, so is, "Welcome to the future. #globalwarming" during a heatwave. It would be less frustrating if it weren't so predictable. Weather is measured over decades, not days. Even when records are broken in your back yard, they probably aren't being broken in other places around the globe. Stop trying to use single weather events to further your political agenda. It's bad science and makes you look like you don't know what you are talking about, because if you are doing this, you clearly don't.
1. Photos of your car's temperature gauge.
Your car's thermometer is normally below the car near the road. As a result, in summer, it will often read hotter than the actual ambient temperature, sometimes significantly so. This is why when someone posts a picture of their car's temperature gauge and it says 104 when it's actually only 93 outside with a "WHAT?" caption, I chuckle, then I block them (kidding). Not only is it pointless to post this reading, you might actually kill someone if you are attempting this while driving. Stick to screen capturing your phone's weather app if you MUST post a picture of the temperature. It's slightly less dangerous and certainly more accurate. Best bet is just don't post the temperature at all. We can find it ourselves.
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