When I lived in Israel, some two and a half decades ago, I dreaded listening to the news. Every half an hour, the news report would sound on the radio, potentially announcing another disaster; a terror attack, a military incident, or “just” a road accident with fatalities. Arriving at the USA fresh off the boat, it struck me as odd that the chief complaint I heard was about the weather. I mean, there were other issues, but the weather was definitely up there, right in the top five topics for ranting. “They really have nothing else to worry about?” I remember wondering with disdained Atlas-like perspective of someone used to carrying the world up his back.
Nowadays I find myself venting right and left about snow accumulation, cold temperature and cloudy days. I have truly Americanized, but I still do give thanks when what tops the news is yet another unpleasant forecast rather than anything worst.
(Disclaimer: This is not to downplay the gravity of extreme weather with its own related fatalities).
Learned from: weather forecast reflections