I know that Maritimers do this but is it as common elsewhere? We spend a lot of time talking about the weather.
When walking down the street or meeting someone in the grocery aisle, you might say ‘Hi’ but more often than not, it will be, ‘Nice day!’, ‘Kind of warm!’, ‘Cold isn’t it?’, or ‘What a wind!’ That’s right, all these exchanges are pretty well equal to a greeting of ‘Hello’.
Why is it that we use the weather as a go-to subject? Yes, our days vary greatly. They do say that if you don’t like the weather in Nova Scotia, wait half an hour and it will change. Thankfully, this is mostly an exaggeration but we are a bit obsessed about the topic. Perhaps it is because of the extremes we experience, from a bone chilling ‘feel like’ -25 to a sultry July 30+ degrees.
From experience I have learned that those who live in warmer climates do not share this conversation vice with us.
So for now, on this cold and sunny day, with people talking about an impending snowstorm, after March has ‘come in like a lamb’, I am just going to say, ‘What a great day!’