We could sure use some rain.
How many of your conversations have been ignited by the weather? Who can resist filling in the dreaded lull with an observation of the conditions out there?
Any time I go for a run or walk, inevitably the mere sight of a human being will prompt me to say something like, “Sure is a nice day, isn’t it?” or “Can you believe this weather?” Unless that person—be it a neighbor or an absolute stranger—beats me to it.
I can guarantee that if I talk to my parents or in-laws, the conversation could actually revolve around the weather. And sometimes it does.
Climate change has added an entirely new dimension to weather speak and can elicit angry debate or bring a conversation to an abrubt end.
The Weather Channel enables our tendancies toward addiction. I check the weather every hour—sometimes more. It can be as unconscious as breathing but, at times, draws me into a conversation with myself about the day’s plans.
Who hasn’t slipped the weather man/woman into a tète-à-tète? What an ideal occupation—to be wrong 50 percent of the time and remain employed! And in this economic climate! (Pun intended.)
Do you ever find yourself running out of clever weather talk? If so, I’ve found some quotes that you might want sneak into a discussion, depending on the climate.
You can’t get mad at weather because weather’s not about you. Apply that lesson to most other aspects of life.
~ Doug Coupland
Weather forecast for tonight: Dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.
~ George Carlin
Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
~ Oscar Wilde
Weather is a great metaphor for life–sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella.
~ Pepper Giardino
Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it.
~ Mark Twain
Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.
~ Mark Twain
The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.
~ Patrick Young
Bad weather always looks worse through a window.
~ Tom Lehrer
Change of weather is the discourse of fools.
~ Thomas Fulle
You can have money piled to the ceiling but the size of your funeral is still going to depend on the weather.
~ Chuck Tanner
The storm starts, when the drops start dropping; When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.
~ Dr. Seuss
April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.
~ T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.
~ Bill Bowerman
It’s so dry the trees are bribing the dogs.
~ Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies
What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.
~ Jane Austen
A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.
~ Robert Frost
A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.
~ Marcel Proust
What can it be about low temperatures that sharpens the edges of objects?
~ Ian McEwan
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
Money is the opposite of the weather. Nobody talks about it, but everybody does something about it.
~ Rebecca Johnson
It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.
~ Dave Barry
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
~ John Ruskin
You are the sky. Everything else—it’s just the weather.
~ Pema Chödrön
If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm.
~ Frank Lane
There was something horribly depressing, she felt, about watching the weather report. That life could be planned like the perfect summer picnic drained it of spontaneity.
~ Galt Niederhoffer, The Romantics
After three days men grow weary, of a wench, a guest, and weather rainy.
~ Benjamin Franklin
Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn’t start a conversation.
~ Kin Hubbard
Now, just for fun, fill in the blank and share in the comments section:
It’s so cold/hot outside ____________________________________________.
example: It’s so hot outside, my biggest bicycle wreck fear is, “What if I get knocked out, end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?” ~unknown
* Adapted from my blog, Putting It Out There.