With temperatures dipping into the thirties and winter jackets being pulled out of the closets and studiously checked for moth bites, it appears that winter has fallen suddenly upon us. [Insert your favorite expletives here.]
Why don’t we remember it being so cold before? Why don’t we remember the way the wind bites our faces and the chill makes us feel as if our skulls are giving birth?
The answer, it appears, is a largely unknown affliction called “weather amnesia.” It's considered a mental illness whereby one forgets how depressing last year’s winter was so they can more easily embrace the new -- kinda like a built-in survivalist tactic for weird people.
And according to meteorologist Christopher Towe, it’s a real disease. “I think in order to live in Ohio, you have to have developed it,” he says. “Otherwise we’d all be living on the Gulf Coast.”
Towe, one of the few Ohioans who has not succumbed to this ailment — “if a meteorologist suffers from it, he needs to find another job” — reminds us that even with global warming thing, last year’s weather was pretty shitt, in case you're getting delusional about it.
“It was cold,” he says. “There were ice storms, branches were snapping off of trees. It wasn’t fun.” Remember? -- Rebecca Mesier