I will always carry on a conversation about the weather. If I’m being totally honest, I can also get a little competitive about it. Sometimes I find myself purposely engaging in a conversation with a stranger, just so I can prove our weather is the worst, making it the best. If someone calls me on a particularly bad weather day, I can’t stop myself from bringing it up. The words just storm out of my mouth. I’ll even bring up past weather events. I have literally heard myself saying, “One Christmas Day we rode horses it was so warm. Then the next day it was -40 again.” My obsessive need to talk about the weather stems from decades of living in one of the coldest places on the planet. Talking about the weather seems to make it a little more tolerable. I mean who doesn’t want to know that Calgary, Alberta is the sunniest place in Canada, 333 days a year with bright blue skies and sunshine. Sure, a great number of those days are below zero but still, sunshine. Wind chill, chinook patterns, first frost, and even the pollen count are all google searches in my browser history because I’m obsessed. I check the weather on my phone a few times a day. I’ve called my husband at work to update him on the weekly forecast. I call my dad when it’s particularly cold or hot to see if his weather is worse or better than mine, knowing full well what his weather is because I have already looked. I don’t think I’ve met someone new without weaving the weather into our conversation, especially when they find out where I live. This obsessive need to “Win at Weather” is nothing but a coping mechanism. It’s October and we’ve had snow literally almost every single day. We were robbed of the last good week of summer and went straight to winter. It’s madness. There has to be something good about it. After all, I think I’m just being Canadian and we deserve a win.
There are an average of 333 days of shushing here in Calgary and when we go longer than a week without seeing a bright blue sky, I start looking at airline tickets and doubling up on my vitamin D.