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.
OMG, you guys!
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.