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I’ve been in this business for a very long time, long enough to know it’s impossible to please everyone.
When it snows, you want it to stop; when it’s too hot, you complain about that. Of course, it is human nature to complain and it has been going on forever. But Facebook has taken things to a whole new level.
It’s fine to share your feelings; I don’t mind that at all. But I do mind the lack of empathy and the disrespect I see on my Facebook account. I’m fine if you direct that towards me; I’ve grown a pretty thick skin when it comes to “feedback.” It bothers me, though, when people disrespect others… people they don’t even know.
Therein lies the problem.
Last Friday, I posted a Heat Warning coverage map of the “heat dome.” Warnings were in place from central Ontario to the Maritimes. My post started with: “We won’t be suffering alone…”
We are not suffering alone! Local weekend weather forecast details here: http://weatherbyday.thechronicleherald.ca/2019-Jul-19Posted by Cindy Day on Friday, July 19, 2019
Friday evening, I was reading through the comments when I came across this one:
“Suffering? It’s summer. Get over it.”
Get over it? It made me sad. I guess that comment comes from someone who does not think of others. In our cities and towns, maybe in the next apartment, there could be a senior with mobility issues, who is unable to open his or her window for a breeze, or a toddler with asthma that’s struggling to breathe. Had I posted a tornado warning, I’m sure the comment would not have been the same. Yet, around the world, heat kills more people than tornadoes.
The deadliest heat wave in Canadian history occurred from July 5 to 17, 1936; temperatures exceeded 44 C in Manitoba and Ontario and claimed the lives of 1,180 Canadians.
According to the Meteorological Service of Canada, a humidex of 30 or more causes “some discomfort,” 40 causes “great discomfort” and above 45 is “dangerous.” When the humidex hits 54, heat stroke is imminent.
Heat Warnings are issued for a reason. Not everyone has the luxury of sitting in an air-conditioned room or spending the day at the mall or the beach.
Farmers are working in this heat; so, too, are construction crews, firefighters, servers on a patio, and many, many others. Just look around. A little empathy is always welcome.
So, let me end on a lighter note: What would Grandma do?
Grandma would put her “unmentionables” in the freezer overnight. The next day, sometime after lunch, she would slip on her frosty underpinnings and for at least a little while, she was cool.
In full disclosure, I have tried it… and it’s pretty nice.
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Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.