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If the #Blizzardof2015 taught us anything it’s that people love talking about the weather. Every time there’s an extreme weather extravaganza (#weathervaganza? make it happen, Twitter), the Internet lights up like a disco ball at a high-powered rave. Is it going to rain? I love the rain! No, the rain sucks! Why is it snowing? Is it the end times? Why are weatherpeople so full of lies?!
There are a couple types of people who come tweeting out of the woodwork whenever it rains, snows, or is windier than expected. Here are some of them.
- The Worrier
The Worrier takes the news seriously and may or may not have elbowed someone in the grocery store for the last can of Campbell’s chicken corn chowder. They’re prepared, though some people might say overly so.
- The Joker
The complete opposite of The Worrier, these folks are more interested in memes than storm preparation. The Joker’s Twitter account is full of wisecracks about Chinese takeout, pictures of vodka, and Frozen Photoshops of varying quality.
- The Denier
The Denier is too cool for earmuffs. These tweeters are contrarians who would wear a pair of shorts just to prove that a polar vortex isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. What results is basically a weird humblebrag that is for some reason weather-related.
- The Anti-Denier
The Anti-Denier is pretty much just sick of hearing the Denier’s posturing and cooler-than-thou attitude, to be honest.
- The FOMOs
The FOMOs are afraid of, well, missing out. These are people in sunny parts of the country who have never had to shovel a driveway before.
- The Optimist
Finally, like during all other Internet events, there are those who try to stay positive. You can count on the Optimist for tweets about how beautiful the snow is or reminders to be thankful toward city workers.
It always starts the same: Tweets about how cold/rainy/snowy/hot/etc. it is provoke other tweets about how it’s not THAT cold/rainy/snowy/hot/etc. A cold front of complaints swirls together with excitement about being part of a “historic” storm. Memes emerge and then recede into the atmosphere. This is your brain on Twitter, and this is Twitter on #weather — and everyone on Twitter has an opinion and is trying to find like-minded communities where they can commiserate, complain, and celebrate.
These collective weather experiences almost mimic the natural phenomena they’re commenting on. Unlike weather patterns, though, these types of social behavior are more predictable.
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